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2014 Picnic in the Park

2014 Picnic in the Park - Culver City Historical Society

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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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.

Culver City High School - 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.  A signed copy of the book will be given away by drawing and all attendees will have a chance to win. You can also order his book through this link and bring it with you, and he’ll sign it after the presentation.

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.

Event: Installation of Officers, January 15, 2014

Michelle Bernardin

Michelle Bernardin

You 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

City Manager John Nachbar 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. Read the rest of this page »

Julie Lugo Cerra to Lead Genealogy Garage Workshop

genealogy-garageFrom the Genealogy Garage press release:

If you are not acquainted with the historical society in your family’s hometown, then you are missing out on some valuable information—especially since all towns are proud of their heritage. Some societies have a museum, photograph files, a database, and are repositories for the town’s oldest records. Others are a website with historical information and lists of cemeteries, churches, etc. All are maintained by members of the community whose goal it is to preserve their town’s history and they are often thrilled to answer your questions.

Your workshop leader will be Julie Lugo Cerra, who is a 6th generation Californian, and a descendant of Francisco Salvador Lugo. Julie, a native of Culver City, where her father was born on the Lugo Ranch Read the rest of this page »

“The Kirk Douglas Theatre and its Metamorphosis” – Program for Next Culver City Historical Society Meeting

Eric Sims, Operations Manager of the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Eric Sims, Operations Manager of the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Eric Sims, Operations Manager of the Kirk Douglas Theatre and President of the Culver City Downtown Business Association will be the featured speaker at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230.

Sims, who is closely involved with the development and programs of the Kirk Douglas Theatre, will describe its metamorphosis from the former Culver Theater, a motion picture house, into today’s beautiful and intimate venue for experimental theatrical productions. He will explain how the theatre was transformed and describe the planning Read the rest of this page »

New Public Hours for The Society’s Archives and Resource Center

the entrance to the ARC

the entrance to the ARC

The Culver City Historical Society has changed the days of operation of its Archives and Resource Center (ARC), located behind the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City, from the first and third Saturday of each month to the first and third Sunday of each month, from 1:00 t0 3:00 p.m, or by appointment.

This change goes into effect Sunday, September 1, 2013.

According to Society President Michelle Bernardin, the change of days has been made to give visitors easier access to the ARC and more parking in the surrounding lots. “Sunday is a day when families are looking for places to visit and the ARC offers wonderful displays of  Read the rest of this page »

Culver City Historical Society Events During the Fiesta La Ballona 2013

A Fiesta La Ballona parade from the 1950s

A Fiesta La Ballona parade from the 1950s

Costume Competition

The Culver City Historical Society is sponsoring a Costume Contest during the Fiesta La Ballona to commemorate Culver City’s early California heritage. The competition, which will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. near the staging area in Veterans Park, encourages contestants to dress as Native Americans, Spanish colonials, rancheros, or pioneers. Costumes will be judged on authenticity, creativity, and representation of the period, and winners in all divisions will be awarded prizes.

The competition categories include: Read the rest of this page »

Society to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Harry Culver’s Dream Speech

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On July 22, 1913, Harry H. Culver, then a young real estate developer, made an important announcement at the original California Club in Downtown, Los Angeles.

He presented his vision for a new city before directors, stockholders, and friends of the newly formed Culver Investment Company with such enthusiasm that the enthralled group named it “Culver City” by acclamation. Read the rest of this page »

Annual Picnic and Gathering 7/17/2013

Santa Maria BBQThe Culver City Historical Society invites its members and the community to its annual picnic at Veterans Park on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with soft drinks and conversation in the picnic area. Dinner will be served from 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Bring your appetites and come watch Jim Rodrigues from Santa Maria BBQ do his magic catering at the barbecue on-site. Choice Grade tri-tips and plump Grade A chickens will go on the grill at 5:00 p.m. Dinner also will include tasty chili beans, potato salad, green salad, garlic bread, Santa Maria’s special barbecue sauce, homemade-cookies, and soft drinks.

Enjoy this mid-summer night of fun and be serenaded by the famous local Razzmatazz Dixieland ensemble playing festive barbecue music.

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