Historical Society of Long Beach

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The Historical Society of Long Beach is a non-profit organization founded in 1962, with the mission to collect, preserve and present the history of the Long Beach community for the citizens of today and our posterity. Through our collections and programs, we connect citizens to the people and events that shaped the city we call home. The HSLB manages a growing collection of thousands of documents, images and ephemera, as well as an extensive newspaper collection and library. Our gallery exhibits change on a regular basis and are kept free and open to the public due to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, who give regularly through memberships, fundraisers and donations. Members in good standing enjoy free access to research the collections and receive discounts on products and special events. Non-members pay a $35 fee for research appointments. Find more information about membership, giving, products and services at hslb.org.

Mission: The HSLB is a non-profit organization sustained by memberships, donation and sponsorships. We collect, preserve and present local history. Through historical collections, exhibits and programs we connect people to the past and to the place they live.

This evening we're sad to bid a fond farewell to our HSLB archivist, Brandon Werts, but happy for the well-deserved oppo...
12/13/2019
Thank You, Brandon!

This evening we're sad to bid a fond farewell to our HSLB archivist, Brandon Werts, but happy for the well-deserved opportunities that lie ahead. His expertise, supreme sense of organization, and attention to detail will be missed. Thank you, Brandon! We're counting on your promise not to be a stranger and wish you much success with your new position.

12/11/2019
Historical Cemetery Tour 2019 - Votes For Women

Nina and her daughter, Carolyn, valued family, performing, community service, and fighting to win voting rights for women. Actresses Madison Mooney and Halley Hardy brought the story of Nina Cuthbert Jackson and Carolyn Jackson Miller to life.

#Tistheseason , once again, to share this wonderful 1964 image of a 66-year Wrigley Neighborhood #Christmastime traditio...
12/10/2019

#Tistheseason , once again, to share this wonderful 1964 image of a 66-year Wrigley Neighborhood #Christmastime tradition of Daisy Avenue's Christmas Tree Lane! This season's Daisy Lane Parade will take place this coming Saturday, December 14.
For more info visit Councilmember Roberto Uranga's event web page at https://tinyurl.com/Dist7DaisyLane2019.
Image: #HSLB Press Telegram image collection, taken by PT staff photographer Curt Johnson. http://hslb.org/
#longbeachca #longbeachcalifornia #lbc #historylbc #wherehistorylives #longbeachhistory #longbeach #merrychristmas #happyholidays #happynewyear #daisylane #vintagelongbeach #wrigleylongbeach Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance Wrigley Association

12/09/2019
Historical Cemetery Tour 2019 - Our Town

Francisca Sanchez and Ramon Hernandez rest on a hill peppered with headstones marking the lives of people who, literally, built the city. They raised families, celebrated life, and have many stories. Actors Roxanne Martinez and Raphael Buenaventura bring the story of Francisca Sanchez and Ramon Hernandez to life.

12/08/2019
Historical Cemetery Tour 2019 - A Really Big Camel

The Munhollands were realtors, attorneys, and City boosters who found quirky and memorable ways to bring visitors and attention to the city. Actors Christian Jordan Skinner and Jill Prout bring the story of the Munholland family to life.

The street was fairly quiet for First Fridays due to the torrential downpours 😉😉; water always wins, indeed! Thanks to t...
12/08/2019

The street was fairly quiet for First Fridays due to the torrential downpours 😉😉; water always wins, indeed! Thanks to those who braved the elements in support of our locals, and took in a little local history with our Water Changes Everything exhibition.

12/07/2019
Historical Cemetery Tour 2019 - A Hotel, Port, and Miss Universe

The Clarks knew the right people, went to the right parties, received the most prestigious appointments, built the Broadlind Hotel…and knew all its secrets. Actors Rick Reischman and Tara Taylor Knudson brought the story of Glen and Mary Lou Clark to life.

From our #HSLB family to yours, we hope you enjoy a very happy Thanksgiving. And with the storm brewing, for those of yo...
11/28/2019

From our #HSLB family to yours, we hope you enjoy a very happy Thanksgiving. And with the storm brewing, for those of you traveling, safe and happy travels!
To our generous members and sponsors, our sincerest gratitude for your support of our mission to collect, preserve and present our rich, diverse and ever evolving local history.
Image: looking east on #PacificCoastHighway from Orange Avenue on a stormy day in the mid-1920s.
THE GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. Normal hours will resume Saturday from 11am-5pm. Our latest exhibition, Water Changes EVERYTHING, is free (donations appreciated) and open to the public during our regular gallery and research center hours: TWF 1-5, Thu 1-7, Sat 11-5.
#happythanksgiving #thankyou #historylbc #wherehistorylives #longbeachhistory #longbeachca #longbeachcalifornia #socalhistory #socal #thanksgiving #vintagelongbeach #gratitude

History can help show us our way … unless we ignore it. Discover local history at the #HSLB gallery, where local history...
11/27/2019

History can help show us our way … unless we ignore it. Discover local history at the #HSLB gallery, where local history lives! It's free, thanks to our generous members and sponsors. Donations appreciated.
Current exhibition: Water Changes Everything
Thanksgiving week hours: Wed 1-5, closed Thu-Fri, Sat 11-5.
#wherehistorylives #historybuff #longbeachca #longbeachcalifornia #historylbc #socalhistory

We lost a cherished member of our local #greatestgeneration in October. We got to know Jane Hanna Swanson, a longtime Bi...
11/16/2019

We lost a cherished member of our local #greatestgeneration in October. We got to know Jane Hanna Swanson, a longtime Bixby Knolls resident, when she shared her remarkable story with us, which we proudly featured in the Long Beach Remembers Pearl Harbor exhibition. Jane’s story represents but one of tens of thousands during our city’s most profound period of change, when government, citizens and corporations came together to meet the overwhelming challenges of WWII.

Jane’s health in rapid decline, we were nonetheless blessed with her presence shortly after the exhibit opened in December 2016. We won’t forget her charm and incredible spark and zest for life. Her story lives on in our #hslb archives for posterity. Thank you, Jane. Rest in peace.
Also pictured: Jane at the apartment she shared with several other women at 444 Ohio Avenue in 1942.
Find more about Jane’s life at https://www.luybendilday.com/obituary/jane-swanson. #longbeachca #wherehistorylives

Monday is #VeteransDay, a day we honor and thank those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States...
11/11/2019

Monday is #VeteransDay, a day we honor and thank those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Why November 11th?

While the official end of #WWI came with the signing of the #TreatyofVersailles on June 28, 1919, the armistice that ended the fighting between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. November 11, 1918 has since been considered the end of “the war to end all wars.” Unfortunately, this dream eluded us.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of #ArmisticeDay. Two decades later, an Act approved in May 1938 created a legal Armistice Day annual holiday on the 11th of November in celebration of world peace, although it had already become tradition to honor WWI veterans. Armistice Day remained so until after WWII and the Korean War. On June 1, 1954, Congress amended the 1938 Act, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and #November11th became a day to honor all #Americanveterans, serving, retired, reserved, living and deceased.
#historybuff #hslb #wherehistorylives #historymatters #thankyou

Check out this restoration work at the First Congregational Church. Learn more on Sunday.
11/06/2019
Long Beach Heritage

Check out this restoration work at the First Congregational Church. Learn more on Sunday.

Coming up this weekend! Go behind-the-scenes with renowned technical preservation specialist John Fidler to learn about restoration of historic brickwork, terra cotta, and stained glass.

Attend our FREE event Preservation In Action: First Congregational Church with John Fidler. Reservations are recommended.

https://lbpost.com/news/at-halfway-mark-restoration-work-is-rosy-at-first-congregational-church

View Water Changes Everything through June 2020 - discover how our water resources shaped Long Beach, how Long Beach man...
11/01/2019

View Water Changes Everything through June 2020 - discover how our water resources shaped Long Beach, how Long Beach manipulated those resources, and how water is destined to reshape our future. After all, water always wins. HSLB exhibitions are always free thanks to our generous members and sponsors. Donations appreciated. hslb.org TWF 1-5, Thu 1-7, Sat 11-5, First Fridays 1-5/6:30-9:30.
HSLB extends our sincerest appreciation to our exhibition sponsors and Crest Circle members.
Primary sponsors: Long Beach Water, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

The team from @jewelboxct between performances at the #HistoricalCemeteryTour telling the stories of 4 women  #makingadi...
10/26/2019

The team from @jewelboxct between performances at the #HistoricalCemeteryTour telling the stories of 4 women #makingadifference in #LongBeach. .
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Halley Hardy and @madsmoons portraying Nina Cuthbert Jackson and Carolyn Jackson Miller at the #HistoricalSocietyofLongB...
10/26/2019

Halley Hardy and @madsmoons portraying Nina Cuthbert Jackson and Carolyn Jackson Miller at the #HistoricalSocietyofLongBeach #CemeteryTour .
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Costume coordinator Becca Roth AKA @phantomsocks posing with actors Christian Skinner, AKA @burgerconnoisseur.cjs and Ma...
10/26/2019

Costume coordinator Becca Roth AKA @phantomsocks posing with actors Christian Skinner, AKA @burgerconnoisseur.cjs and Madison Mooney AKA @madsmoons at the #HSLB #CemeteryTour at @sunnysidecemetery .
Thanks to @longbeachplayhouse for the costumes!
And thanks to our primary sponsors @visitlb @portoflongbeach & @councilmember_austin, and all our amazing staff and volunteers for another successful event!
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Zadie Canon and @toriannhampton portraying Avalon Pierce and Beulah White at the #HSLB #historicalcemeterytour @sunnysid...
10/26/2019

Zadie Canon and @toriannhampton portraying Avalon Pierce and Beulah White at the #HSLB #historicalcemeterytour @sunnysidecemetery
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Check in is now open for the Historical Cemetery Tour! See detailed in the pinned post.
10/26/2019

Check in is now open for the Historical Cemetery Tour! See detailed in the pinned post.

10/25/2019
Rachel Jordan

Thanks Rachel Jordan!

HALLOWEEN PUB CRAWL👻
Friday, Oct. 25
7PM-2AM
Pine Ave DTLB
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-beach-halloween-night-pub-crawl-oct-31-tickets-75916314741

HISTORICAL CEMETERY TOUR☠️
Saturday, Oct. 26
9AM-3PM
Sunnyside and Municipal Cemeteries
Historical Society of Long Beach

ZOMBIE WALK🧟‍♀️
Saturday, Oct. 26
4PM-10PM
Shoreline Village

SCARIUM OF THE PACIFIC🐡
Saturday, Oct. 26 @ Sunday, Oct. 27
9AM-5PM
Aquarium of the Pacific
COUPON: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/offer/fest4

HAUTE DOG HOWL’OWEEN PARADE🐶
Sunday, Oct. 27
2:30PM-4:00PM
Marina Vista Park
Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade

COMING TO THE CEMETERY TOUR? KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!If you're heading to the Historical Cemetery Tour tomorrow, the followin...
10/25/2019

COMING TO THE CEMETERY TOUR? KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

If you're heading to the Historical Cemetery Tour tomorrow, the following information will help you make the most of your day, especially for those who have never attended our event.

Eight graveside performances run simultaneously every 20 minutes beginning at 9am with the last round starting at 2:40pm, ending at 3pm. Professional actors bring local history to life as told by the colorful characters who lived it!

**CHECK-IN**
From 8:30am to 1:30 pm at Sunnyside Cemetery (1095 E Willow), and Municipal Cemetery (at corner of Orange Ave). Municipal has a gate on Orange and a gate at the south end of the Willow Springs Park parking lot.

**Arrive well before noon if you plan to view every performance.** Last check in is 1:30 pm. Last performance begins at 2:40 pm. **Please wear sturdy shoes, and be prepared for uneven ground. Hats and sunscreen are suggested.**

**PRE-SALE TICKETS**
Discounted tickets available through 8 am October 26th at https://hslb.org/product/24th-annual-cemetery-tour/

**DAY OF TICKETS**
On site sales from 8:30am-1:30pm on the day of event. Adult member and non-member tickets will increase by $5. There is one ticket entrance at Sunnyside Cemetery and two at Municipal ceCemetery (Ticket entrances off Orange Ave just north of Willow, and at the south end of Willow Springs Park parking lot).

**PARKING**
Free at Sunnyside Cemetery (1095 E Willow), but it fills up quickly so carpools and cycling are encouraged. Due to narrow cemetery roads, large vehicles (full-sized SUVs, pickups, vans, etc.) are asked to park outside of the cemetery.
There is street parking south of Willow St along Cerritos, Lemon and Lewis avenues, and a parking lot off California Ave just north of Willow St, and street parking near 27th St and California Ave.
Additional free parking is available at Willow Springs Park, 2745 Orange Ave (They're in the process of removing a ton of mulch, in the morning, so there will be more parking in the afternoon). For those who park at Willows Springs Park (2745 Orange Ave) follow the dirt walking path south into a new entrance into Municipal Cemetery. We will admit guest there.

**BICYCLE PARKING** provided free along the chain link fence at Municipal Cemetery along Willow Avenue. Bring locks to secure bicycles.

**TAXIS, UBER & LYFT** services should drop passengers at Willow Springs Park parking lot, or in parking lot on California Ave immediately north of Spring St. There is NO STOPPING PERMITTED ALONG WILLOW ST OR ORANGE AVE.

**HANDICAPPED ACCESS** Guests in wheelchairs, on scooters or with assistive walking devices are welcome, but there is no reserved handicapped parking, terrain is very rough and there are no curb cutouts from the paved road through the cemetery. Handicapped guests can be dropped off just inside the entrance to Sunnyside Cemetery. Arrive early if you want to try to park inside Sunnyside Cemetery. If Sunnyside parking is full, let the gate attendant know you are dropping off a handicapped guest.

**FOOD & DRINK**
Carmen’s Coffee will be available at Sunnyside Cemetery until 11:30. EJ's Pub, Rose’s La Cabana, and Long Beach Creamery will serve up tasty bites. Plenty of water, soda, and packaged snacks will be available for purchase. There is a shaded area to rest and eat.

**MERCHANDISE & LOCAL AUTHORS**
Postcards, books & merchandise is available for sale. Local authors will be signing books at Municipal Cemetery.

**THE GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED THROUGH
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28**
**562/424-2220**

Danny Flores will be back at the Historical Cemetery Tour this year with a new #DiadelosMuertos altar. Stop by to check ...
10/24/2019

Danny Flores will be back at the Historical Cemetery Tour this year with a new #DiadelosMuertos altar. Stop by to check it out and learn more about the celebration of the #DayoftheDead.

#EveryPlotHasAStory #wherehistorylives #HistoricalCemeteryTour #LongBeach #GoLongBeach visitLB #LBC #history #longbeachhistory #cemeteryhistory #Halloween #historyiscool #historyLBC #historicalsocietylb #historicalcemeteries

Many thanks to the Hi-lo team & Long Beach Post for including us!
10/24/2019
the Hi-lo

Many thanks to the Hi-lo team & Long Beach Post for including us!

Cemetery tours with Historical Society of Long Beach, Zombie Walks, Rollerweens with Bayshore Rink Party, the Coming Out Community Picnic from The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Dog costume parade from Justin Rudd, Goth reunions at Que Sera and Scarium at Aquarium of the Pacific. What? Oh. Oh yeah. Boo.

#ThrowbackThursday to when this delightful group of ladies from the Red Hat Society came out to the Historical Cemetery ...
10/24/2019

#ThrowbackThursday to when this delightful group of ladies from the Red Hat Society came out to the Historical Cemetery Tour. Hope to see you again this year! 10/26 from 9 am to 3 pm. Tickets at hslb.org.

#RedHatSociety #LongBeachHistory #EveryPlotTellsAStory #ThingstoDoinLongBeach

The Jewel Box Children's Theater  Jr. Theater Troupe will be joining us at the 24th Annual #HistoricalCemeteryTour Octob...
10/23/2019

The Jewel Box Children's Theater Jr. Theater Troupe will be joining us at the 24th Annual #HistoricalCemeteryTour October 26th for a special readers theater presentation called Women Making A Difference. They tell the stories of four women whose lives and work made a positive difference to Long Beach, Calif.

* Mary Dell Butler (1924-1986) was an African-American community activist, and the first Black PTA president. She was determined to provide better education and jobs for African Americans in Long Beach;

* Olivia Nieto Herrera (1933-2002) created the multi-service center Centro Shalom, which provided crucial survival and legal immigration services to the most vulnerable. She also served on the State Commission on the Status of Women;

* Lilian Valenzuela Robles (1916-2001) was an Acjachemen elder and activist who founded the annual Ancestors Walk and the Puvungna Coalition to honor and preserve native people's sacred sites in Southern California; She and her huspand also fostered over 300 children.

* Kimi Kawai Sugiyama (1901-1996) was a community activist and translator who negotiated compensation for Japanese family farmers who lost their crops to the oil boom on Signal Hill.

The special presentations will take place in Sunnyside Cemetery between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Tickets at https://hslb.org/tc-events/24rd-annual-historical-cemetery-tour-duplicate/

The readers theater is based on a series of books written by Karen Harper published in collaboration with the city's school district. Although written for children in the third grade, they are just as delightful at 80 as they are at 8!

https://hslb.org/product-category/books/

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4260 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA
90807

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Visits to the HSLB Gallery are free of charge. Historical Collections are accessible during public hours for a research fee of $35 or free with your membership.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 19:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00

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(562) 424-2220

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