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Community: Glendale Historical Society honors North Cumberland Heights

August 07, 2013|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Receiving recognition at the Glendale Historical Society summer social are, from left, Peter and Zuzka Eggena, President Greg Grammer, Gloria Williams Sander and Jerome Sander, Sean Bersell and Victoria Lasken.
Receiving recognition at the Glendale Historical Society… (Photo by Joyce Rudolph )

The balmy evening blended well with the mellow mood of those attending the Glendale Historical Society's annual meeting and summer social at Deukmejian Wilderness Park on Saturday.

Following wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres in the picnic area, Greg Grammer, the society's president, led the group to the amphitheater next to the Le Mesnager Historic Barn and Vineyards where he presented three awards and installed the board of directors.

The 2013 Preservation Award was bestowed upon the North Cumberland Heights Historic District. Receiving the honor for all who had helped in creating the district were the applicants Gloria Williams Sander and Jerome Sander, Susan Dasso and Zuzka and Peter Eggena.

The North Cumberland Heights Historic District consists of 179 single-family homes that are fine examples of the Period Revival architectural styles of the 1920s and '30s, along with Minimal Traditional and ranch style homes from the 1940s and '50s, Grammer said.


Victoria Lasken was recognized for serving on the society's board of directors. As vice president in 2010, she was active in membership and outreach, communications and event planning. More recently, she has played an integral part in the home tours and social media. She has secured more than 600 followers on Facebook.

Sean Bersell was honored for his service on the board. He was elected treasurer in 2011 and has been chairman of the communications committee and a member of the preservation advocacy committee. He is curating the 2013 Home Tour, which showcases five homes in the Casa Verdugo neighborhood including the Casa Verdugo, which was a restaurant in the early 1900s. The Border Grill food truck will be parked nearby and guests can relive that experience of Glendale's early days by dining at the Casa Verdugo.

Grammer announced that Bersell is stepping down from the board and taking on a new role as executive director, the first one for the historical society, which advocates the preservation of the city's landmarks, supports maintaining the historic character of the city' neighborhoods, educates people about the city's history and operates the Doctors House Museum in Brand Park.

In addition, last year's board was reinstated for another term. They are Grammer, Margaret Hammond, Marcia Hanford, Cathy Jurca and Ammar Kharouf.

Grammer received a donation of $1,615.02 from the Community Foundation of the Verdugos, presented by Edna Karinski, chief executive officer, and Ernest Burger, vice president.

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