The Making of the Wizard of Oz to be discussed by Author Aljean Harmetz

The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz - Culver City Historical SocietyAljean Harmetz, author of The Making of the Wizard of Oz, will discuss her book and reveal facts about the classic movie made in Culver City, which is marking its 75th anniversary this year, at the next general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Teen Center at 4153 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

The program will include songs from the film, a slide show narrated by Harmetz, a documentary with interviews and stories from many of the original cast, and a question and answer session.

Harmetz is the author of books about the making of classic The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz - Culver City Historical Societyfilms (The Making of Gone with the Wind; The Making of Casa Blanca and many others) as well as a novel. She spent 12 years as the Hollywood and West Coast cultural reporter at the New York Times.

A signed copy of Harmetz’s 75th anniversary edition of her book will be given by a drawing, and all attendees will have a chance to win. After the program, a book signing will take place in the Culver City Historical Society’s Archives and Resource Center (ARC), just steps away, where her book will be for sale for $19 (cash or checks only) while supplies last. Harmetz also will sign books for those who bring them that night. The ARC will have displays showing movie history in “The Heart of Screenland.”

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at info@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org.  Also, visit the CCHS website at:  www.CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org for updates.

Car Rally and Scavenger Hunt

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Where else but in “The Heart of Screenland” can you drive around the city, search for specific locations and learn about Culver City history all at the same time? The Culver City Historical Society invites you to join the fun when it presents its Scavenger Hunt/Car Rally fundraiser on Sunday, September 21, 2014, from 3-6 pm.

Participants will start at the Society’s Archives and Resource Center in back of the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, check in, receive their tickets and first set of directions. From there, you will have a fun-filled adventure driving from one place to another to receive their next set of clues, learning facts about local history along the way. The final checkpoint will feature tacos, a no-host bar, and a 50/50 raffle for all who attend.

The cost for this fun-filled adventure is $30 for Historical Society members; $35 for non-members and $10 for children from 6 to 12 years. Reservations must be pre-paid and all RSVPs and checks (payable to the Culver City Historical Society) must be sent by September 15 and sent to Culver City Historical Society, P.O. Box 3428, Culver City, CA, 90231-3428. Click here for a printable Scavenger Hunt reservation form, and reservations will be accepted on our next open Sunday, September 7.

For safety, groups /cars of more than one person are encouraged. The ARC will be open for viewing from 1 to 3 p.m. that day. For questions, call 310-253-6941 or send an email to info@culvercityhistoricalsociety.org.

All proceeds benefit the Culver City Historical Society.

 

 

Samitaur Tower free event

Samitaur TowerThe Culver City Historical Society partnered with Samitaur Constructs on a public arts project involving some of our historic images, student artists, and their Samitaur Tower, located near the Culver City EXPO stop, at the corner of Hayden and National.

Student artists from Savannah College of Art and Design and University of New Mexico were given this “canvas” of 10 screens on the Samitaur Tower and asked to explore the question of how does an image make an impact in short amount of time in a non-traditional view (from a car, train). This was an experiment on how to display content to the public, and most of the work was done remotely. The Tower is like no other display system in the world — an amazing opportunity for these students. The students were told to interpret the images, but no manipulation. Our historical images are a part of the 20 minute segment that was created.

Samitaur is planning to run the show on the Tower for about one and a half hours on Thursday evening, July 31, beginning at sunset, around 8pm until 9:30pm. The show runs about 20 minutes, and they will loop it, so it will be viewed about six times.

There are several vantage points to view the project on the Tower — from the bike path, from the EXPO train, from the street. (By all means, stay safe!) Drive by, park and walk, hop on the EXPO and go for a ride!

Kurt Kratchman, from Samitaur, and who moderated the project, will be at the Tower on Thursday evening to answer questions.

2014 Picnic in the Park

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Culver City Historical Society invites you to join us for

Picnic in the Park

Sunday, July 27, 2014

1pm – 4pm

Music * Trivia * Raffle * BBQ * soft drinks and water provided by Santa Maria BBQ

Society members: $25 in advance ($30 at the door)
Non-members: $30
Children age 6-12: $12.50 each

Mail your reservation and check, including names to:
Culver City Historical Society , PO Box 3428, Culver City, CA 90231-3428

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Summer 2014 Message

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by Michelle Bernardin, President

Dear Members,

Summer is here (not that we had much of a winter)!

I look forward to seeing you at BOTH of our July events – the July 16 General Meeting and the Annual Picnic on Sunday, July 27! This is the first time that we are having the picnic separately on a Sunday, so that our members can bring their families and don’t have to fight traffic to get to the park! In August, we will be the coolest place to hang out at Fiesta La Ballona, figuratively and literally, if past scorching temperatures have shown. The ARC will be open during the Fiesta from 12noon-4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. And in September, get your scavenger team together because we are bringing back the Car Rally!

While we have an incredible amount of fun coming up, I would also like to encourage you to consider volunteering one hour a month on one of our working committees. The Museum or Costumes committees are great ways to work with the collection up close. If you are interested in interacting with school groups or putting your typing skills to good use, we have ways that you can help us. If you have attended our fundraisers over the last few years and like what we have done, our Development committee has very open ears for new ideas of fundraisers or merchandise.

This group only thrives and succeeds because of its volunteers. Your time is very valuable – we won’t waste it!

As always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

The Creation of Culver City High School and Its First Graduating Class ’53

Culver City High School - Culver City Historical SocietyCan it be 60 plus years since the first class graduated from Culver City High School in 1953? Yes, the class often called “the first class in and the first class out” is the topic for the next general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 7pm in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. in Culver City.

Culver City High School - Culver City Historical SocietyA trip down memory lane to the early 1950s in a PowerPoint presentation will illustrate the creation of Culver City High School and how the course was set for it to become one of the foremost schools in the area. There also will be a panel featuring former teachers and administrators from those early times, which will be moderated by Drayton Marsh ’53, who will also describe the beginning of the sports program.

The panel includes:

  • Hank Blunt, teacher at the high school from 1951-1986
  • Dorothy Boyd, office administrator during the 1960s
  • BetteLyle Westbrook, teacher from 1954-1979
  • Robert Johnson, teacher, 1953-1987
  • Dylan Farris, currently principal of Culver City High School

Culver City High School - Culver City Historical SocietyDennis Parish, vice president of programs for the Society, will explain how earlier classes were required to go to Hamilton High as there was no high school in Culver City. The Culver Junior High school class of 1949 went on to create the senior high school one grade at a time until it became the first graduating class in 1953.

Alums and former teachers from that era have been invited to attend and add comments.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at info@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org.

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Spring 2014 Message

Michelle Bernadin - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’s Message
by Michelle Bernardin, President

Dear Members,

Happy Spring! It was lovely to see so many of you at the Installation of Officers. We have a few new board members, and some entering second terms in their current positions. I can attest that this is a very enthusiastic and excited new group, who are going to bring you interesting topics for General Meeting programs, a new look to our website, and much more!

As a friendly reminder, you can support the Historical Society with your everyday shopping, and it won’t cost extra! Ralphs grocery store chain donates a portion of sales to the Historical Society, with a simple swipe of your club card. The next time you are at the ARC, pick up a Ralphs sheet with our dedicated bar code. Bring the sheet to Ralphs and show it to the cashier along with your club card. That’s it! We have already seen success with this program!

As you flip through this newsletter, you may notice there are not as many pages to turn. In an effort to decrease printing costs, we are exploring a more condensed publication, with the thought of putting more stories and information online. We hope that you appreciate our efforts in making the most of your annual membership to the Society.

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program, or during our open hours on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. As always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

Author and Cinematographer to Discuss MGM Backlots at Next Culver City Historical Society Meeting

M-G-M Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot by Stephen Sylvester - Culver City Historical SocietyStephen Sylvester, co-author of M-G-M Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot, and Academy award winning cinematographer Fred Koenekamp will share the spotlight at the next general meeting of Culver City Historical Society on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s multi-purpose room.

Sylvester will present a short film and a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the history of the soundstages and outdoor sets where Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced many of the world’s most famous films. The book features candid, exclusive voices and photographs from the people who worked there, and includes hundreds of rare and unpublished photographs.  Sylvester will be selling and signing his book that night.

Koenekamp, known for his camera work on Patton, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Papillion, and The Towering Inferno, for which he won his Academy award, and many other fine films, will also share his memories of the MGM years.

There will be a brief discussion of upcoming programs and projects, as well as updates on the activities and exhibits in the Archives & Resource Center (ARC) which will be opened following the meeting.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend.  The entrance to the multi-purpose room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, and through the Archive & Resource Center space.

Happy New Year 2014

Michelle Bernardin - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’s Message
by Michelle Bernardin, President

Dear Members,

I hope this note finds you and your family enjoying the wonderful delights and scents of the holidays.

Your Historical Society had a busy 2013, and we hope you will enjoy our “Year in Review” section. Our annual picnic, the 100th Anniversary of Harry Culver’s speech at the California Club, marker cleanings, Fiesta fun, and more!

We started a little experiment in September, changing our public open hours in the hopes of accommodating more of our members and the public, and not competing with Saturday parking congestion at Veterans Memorial Building. The experiment succeeded on every point, and the Museum Committee enthusiastically voted to change our hours permanently. Come visit us on the first and third Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm!

I hope to see you at the installation of new officers on Wednesday evening, January 15. While I have learned a lot in this “dry run,” being your president for the last six months to complete Louise Coffey-Webb’s term, I am looking forward to the next two years. As you may know, my family has lived in Culver City for several years and quite a few generations, so to be a part of this organization and contribute to its growth in any small way, is a privilege because this is my home.

To close, there are no words to properly to thank the 2012-14 board. I have truly appreciated its support, encouraging smiles, and individual talents. We have some folks who are rotating off, and new ones joining us in the upcoming term. All of them making lasting footprints with their important contributions, integral to this group’s growth, and I am very grateful.

Sending you my best for a happy New Year, and as always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

Installation of Officers, January 15, 2014

Michelle Bernardin - Culver City Historical SocietyYou are cordially invited to attend the Culver City Historical Society’s Installation honoring the Society’s 13th president, Michelle Bernardin, and officers for 2014-2016 in the Sony Pictures Plaza (SPP) Atrium Museum.

The event will take place on Wednesday evening, January 15, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The 2014-2016 officers will be:

  • Michelle Bernardin, President
  • Tami Eskridge, VP, Development
  • Julie Lugo Cerra, VP, Museum
  • Hope Parrish and Dennis Parrish, VP Programs
  • Adrienne Bernardin, Secretary
  • Linda Forman, Treasurer

Mayor Jeffrey Cooper will act as the installing officer. Reservations are a must, so please download and complete the form found here, and your tickets will be held at the door. Parking will be provided onsite at no charge.

There will also be a special auction of a vintage movie camera chair from the Historic Culver Hotel (bring your checkbook or credit card!).

Due to limited seating, reservations must be made by Sunday, January 10, 2014. No tickets will be sold at the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center (ARC) on Sunday, January 5, 2014 between 1:00 PM -3:00 PM.

For more information, call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or email us.

All proceeds benefit the Culver City Historical Society

See you there!