Historical Society of Long Beach

Historical Society of Long Beach Where history lives...
(65)

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.

How about some #flashbackfriday #thenandnow fun? Let’s travel back in time to summer, 1957, at #PacificCoastHighway  and...
07/10/2020

How about some #flashbackfriday #thenandnow fun?

Let’s travel back in time to summer, 1957, at #PacificCoastHighway and Clark, where the iconic #FlyingA Service Station anchored the NW corner. (Image 1)
Same location today (Image 2)
.
Flying A Brand represented the service station arm of San Francisco based #AssociatedOil Co. The brand ceased to exist after a buy-out by #phillipspetroleum in 1966, when the stations were rebranded #Phillips66 .
.
It was a magical time in America: the Depression, WWII and the Korean War were behind us, polio vaccines were working wonders, the #spacerace was on, #carculture ruled the land and the future seemed limitless. Thousands of hot summer nights included a stop at Flying A!
.
All was not perfectly rosy, however, as persistent racial inequities had given birth to the modern #civilrightsmovement , after #RosaParks refused to give up her seat at the #backofthebus to accommodate a white passenger after her Montgomery, Alabama city bus filled to capacity.
On September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the #civilrightsactof1957, the first major civil rights legislation since #Reconstruction , aimed primarily at preventing suppression of black voters and providing for federal prosecution for violators.
.
#LongBeachHistory looks great on your walls! The #HSLB #archives , #wherehistorylives , preserve over 100,000 vintage images - The sale and licensing of those images helps fund our mission and operations. Find out more at hslb.org.
If you don’t know #longbeachca history, you don’t know #longbeach !
.
#historymuseum #historybuff #historymatters #socalhistory #fabulousfifties #longbeachcalifornia #googiearchitecture #spaceage #charlesphoenix #vintageservicestation @ Long Beach, California

#onthisday in #longbeachhistory , Independence Day was a day to remember, for much more celebratory reasons than our 202...
07/04/2020

#onthisday in #longbeachhistory , Independence Day was a day to remember, for much more celebratory reasons than our 2020 version, which has our beaches off limits to all.
.
On Friday, #4thofjuly 1902, something big rolled into Long Beach, a little seaside town of 3,500 residents on San Pedro Bay, connecting it to what was emerging as the largest inter-urban railway network in the entire world! On opening day, just seven months after the first engineering surveys began, #HenryHuntington ‘s #PacificElectricRailway brought 60,000 visitors to the beach. The rail cars arrived every ten minutes from Los Angeles beginning at 6:00am. Since most of the tourists chose to stay for the evening #independenceday festivities, there wasn’t enough capacity to take them all home, nor enough rooms to put them up for the night. As a result, the long, wide beach became a massive makeshift summer campground amidst the crashing waves and salty sea air.

The crowds realized Colonel Charles Drake’s vision for breathing life into the seaside attractions he’d been developing since “retiring” to Long Beach in 1900, buying up 1600 acres, including the beachfront west of Alamitos Ave. The star attraction of his Long Beach Bathhouse and Amusement Co. was the bath house itself. Even though it wasn’t quite ready for prime time (image 1), Drake seized the opportunity and invited the revelers in to preview what would affectionately become known as “The Plunge,” the iconic cornerstone of The Pike. By 1905 (image 2), The Pike was already a sought after #socal destination!
Image 3: 1915
Image 4: 2020.

#PacificRedCars service between LA & Long Beach continued through June 18, 1963, the last inter-urban rail line west of Chicago, victim of a new vision of personal freedom - the freeway. When freeways became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of freedom seeking drivers, the #MetroBlueLine, utilizing the same 22 mile corridor, became the first fruition of a reimagined rail network in the LA basin in 1990.
.
Long Beach history looks great on your walls - 100,000 images available. hslb.org
#wherehistorylives #hslb #historymuseum #socalhistory #historylbc #happy4thofjuly #history #thepike @ Long Beach, California

Please fill out our survey! Share your story with us: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSLB_COVID_StoriesThe Historical So...
07/02/2020

Please fill out our survey! Share your story with us: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSLB_COVID_Stories

The Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) would like to remind you that we are currently collecting stories, anecdotes and personal insights from people living in and around Long Beach to create a crowdsourced #archive of local experiences under the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey provides individuals an opportunity to share their #stories from working on the #frontlines in hospitals, to dealing with the loss of a job, a change in daily routines, or even involvement in current social justice #activism.
Many of you have already responded with great detail about life under the #pandemic. We acknowledge that a lot has changed since we first released the survey, from the reopening of businesses to nation-wide protests. If you have already responded we invite you to fill out the survey again with any new information that can provide future scholars with insightful understandings of how Long Beach tackled this #historic moment in our lives.
The #HSLB aims to hear from people throughout the city to ensure the responses represent the diversity of Long Beach including people of all ages, neighborhoods, and backgrounds. Please share and encourage others to fill this survey out. In doing so, these stories will become part of our collection of local history materials preserved for future #researchers, students, #healthcare professionals and others as a means to understand the ways this 2020 pandemic affected life in Long Beach. #longbeachhistory #shareyourstory #savehistory #saveyourhistory #covid19 #pandmemicproject #museum #collections #artifacts #history #historical #localhistory #longbeachcalifornia #california #longbeach

Much has happened this year that has altered plans for all of us. The HSLB is no exception. Postponing the opening of ou...
06/25/2020

Much has happened this year that has altered plans for all of us. The HSLB is no exception. Postponing the opening of our next exhibition "A Women's Place in the Spotlight," in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the #19thAmendment, means we have more time to collect your local stories.

As the fight for civil rights has come into acute focus these past weeks, perhaps you have reflected on Long Beach #women in your life, past or present, or from your family's history, who broke barriers or gave extraordinary service to our community. If so, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

100 of these stories will be chosen to highlight in our exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of #womenssuffrage, with a unique focus on Long Beach women who impacted our city's history, even if it's history that's being made today. We aim to celebrate and reflect on the richly diverse women who helped pave our way, and whose stories are rarely told or have yet to be told. And, of course, they will be preserved in our archives for future generations to study and learn from. Because if we don't know #LongBeachhistory, we don't know Long Beach!

Submit your stories and find our more at https://hslb.org/the-suffrage-centennial/ .

#hslb #wherehistorylives #womenshistory #longbeach #longbeachca #longbeachcalif #historymatters
#civilrights #lbsuffrage100 #righttovote #historymuseum #historylover

06/19/2020
HISTORY

Did you know that Juneteenth actually marks the end of a colossal secret that DELAYED the emancipation of a quarter million enslaved African Americans?

On #ThisDayInHistory in 1865, in Galveston, Tex., Union Gen. Gordon Granger announced the total emancipation of all people held as slaves in Texas. Granger and his troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Granger read General Order No. 3: "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free." On this day, 250,000 enslaved people were freed.

Professor and historian, Marcia Chatelain, speaks about the importance and the future of Juneteenth, “I hope Juneteenth becomes a day where people commit not only to acts of justice in their local community but to investigate history in a more deep and thoughtful way.”

We’ve missed you! Our gallery remains closed as we assess the health and safety of our volunteers, members, and guests a...
06/18/2020

We’ve missed you! Our gallery remains closed as we assess the health and safety of our volunteers, members, and guests amidst the continuing COVID-19 challenge. We assure you that we will safely reopen soon. While you wait, here are a few things to look forward to...

Our online gift shop is still open and ready for your orders. Just visit our website at hslb.org/shop. We offer curbside pickup. Please allow extra time to process photo orders.

We are also now scheduling research appointments for the end of June and early July. Please fill out a research request on our website and allow a minimum of 48hrs for a response. We appreciate your patience as space is limited.

And finally, in July we will determine the safety of scheduled appointments to visit our Water Changes Everything exhibition & gallery gift shop. Face masks will be required of all visitors over the age of 3. Feel free to give us a call at (562) 424-2220 to let us know your interest in visiting.

We thank you all for your continued support!

#hslb #historicalsociety #historicalsocietyoflongbeach #thingstodo #covid19 #history #historyathome #museum #archive #collections #research #shop #longbeach #longbeachhistory #longbeachca #historical #cahistory #california #californiaarchive @ Historical Society of Long Beach

Is history stuck in the past? Far from it! While its lessons may be rooted in the past, they remain relative resources t...
06/09/2020

Is history stuck in the past? Far from it! While its lessons may be rooted in the past, they remain relative resources to evaluate our triumphs and failures as we consider paving a new way forward.

Organizations like ours present unique opportunities to understand the people, events and forces that shaped our local experience as we consider the future we hope to build for ourselves and our posterity.
Thus, #history may never matter more than in the midst of a current crisis.

Share your Long Beach Covid19 stories for posterity: Our "Pandemic Project: Stories from Long Beach during the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020" online survey is live at hslb.org now.

If you are able, please consider supporting our ongoing #nonprofit efforts to collect, preserve and present the diverse history of the community we share. After all, if you don’t know Long Beach history, you don’t know Long Beach!

Learn more at hslb.org.
Thank you.

#hslb #wherehistorylives #historymuseum #historylover #historybuff #historymatters #historyisnow #historylbc #longbeachcalifornia #longbeachca #longbeach #longbeachcahistory #socalhistory

When we last got together for First Fridays Long Beach in March, we had little idea what was in store for us in the comi...
06/05/2020

When we last got together for First Fridays Long Beach in March, we had little idea what was in store for us in the coming months. We miss your presence, questions and curiosity in our gallery, and, quite frankly, we miss our gallery and coworkers, too! Many things get lost in translation to a #zoommeeting , right?

But we’ve been hard at work anyway, as practicality and ingenuity allow. While the months ahead remain uncertain, we will assess our public operations as official guidelines progress, with considerations for the safety of our staff and volunteers as well.

In the meantime, we have officially launched our Pandemic Project: Long Beach Covid19 Stories archive project. See our previous post or go to hslb.org to access the digital survey to share your perspectives and experiences for #posterity .

Happy #firstfridayslongbeach ! If you can, please consider supporting a local business today, while staying safe for each other. If you feel inclined and would like to support our ongoing efforts to collect, preserve and present our rich, colorful and diverse #longbeachcalifornia history , donate, become a member, or order historic images and books at hslb.org. Thank you, be well and have a great weekend, if that’s still a thing!😉

And don’t forget, if you don’t know LongBeach history, you don’t know LongBeach!

#wherehistorylives #historylbc #historymatters #makinghistory #socalhistory #historymuseum #longbeach #longbeachca #inittogether #covid19 #longbeachcahistory
#firstfridayslb #historybuff #historylover

We are launching a survey to collect stories, anecdotes and personal insights from people living in and around Long Beac...
06/04/2020
The Pandemic Project: Long Beach COVID-19 Stories

We are launching a survey to collect stories, anecdotes and personal insights from people living in and around Long Beach. The project is entitled Pandemic Project: Long Beach COVID-19 Stories. The survey’s goal is to create a crowdsourced archive by asking respondents to recount their local experiences. The open-ended questions allow respondents to offer thoughtful and complete answers about how the pandemic has affected them, their jobs, and their relationships.

HSLB aims to hear from people throughout the city to ensure the responses represent the diversity of Long Beach including people of all ages, neighborhoods, and backgrounds. In order to effectively do this we ask you to participate not only in filling out this survey but to share it with others!

These surveys will become part of our permanent collection of local history materials. The COVID-19 archive will be a repository for researchers, students, healthcare professionals and others as a means to understand the ways this historic 2020 pandemic affected life in Long Beach.

#pandemicproject #hslb #longbeach #longbeachhistory #community #communityengagement #historical #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #wherehistorylives #historicalsociety #historicalsocietyoflongbeach #survey

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

06/03/2020
Photos from Historical Society of Long Beach's post

HSLB believes in social justice, we believe black lives matter.
It is an honor to work with @dramaticresults and local civil rights leader, Evelyn Knight, to bring the history of social justice in the U.S. to students in local schools. In our programs Evelyn shared her stories marching across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge towards Montgomery in 1965, founding the Long Beach Community Improvement League, and combating poverty in our city. We encourage students to converse with Evelyn using oral history methods to bring out her remarkable journey. Students also participate in peaceful protests to show the power of unity and activism. The life experiences of students paired with our workshop, encourages students to use their inspiring voices for social justice, critical thinking, and a better future for us all.
We hope that our collections, programs, and partnerships continue to encourage researchers and audiences alike to think critically of our past and be inspired by it. We hope that it will bring a just and peaceful world where all are welcome and treated equitably. #blacklivesmatter #socialjustice #longbeach #archives #collections #blackhistory #californiahistory #ushistory #wherehistorylives #hslb #historicalsociety #historicalsocietyoflongbeach

Historical Society of Long Beach's cover photo
06/01/2020

Historical Society of Long Beach's cover photo

Untitled Album
06/01/2020

Untitled Album

Historical Society of Long Beach
06/01/2020

Historical Society of Long Beach

HSLB_logo_sign
06/01/2020

HSLB_logo_sign

06/01/2020
06/01/2020

The Historical Society of Long Beach building and collections are safe. Please remember that our neighbors and supporters around the city will need help. I encourage you to join in the cleanup efforts.

If you want to assist with the cleanup efforts, please contact council district 7 at 562-570-7777 or via email at [email protected].

Timeline Photos
06/01/2020

Timeline Photos

We know this year’s graduation season is, shall we say, less than ideal. In fact, it's likely the loneliest Long Beach g...
05/30/2020

We know this year’s graduation season is, shall we say, less than ideal. In fact, it's likely the loneliest Long Beach graduation since 1897, when the only student to graduate from the brand new high school was Ernest Shaul. It may not have been built at all. When citizens were asked to support a special tax to raise the $10,000 necessary to construct the city's first high school, they balked, as many thought it too high a price to pay for so few pupils. And besides, 8th Street and American Ave (Long Beach Blvd.) was way too far out of town to be practical!

In the end, the funds were raised, and the little but growing city of Long Beach, at just over 2000 residents, had its first dedicated high school, which served until Long Beach Poly High School replaced it in 1911.

Our #HSLB family wishes all our 2020 Long Beach graduates our sincerest congratulations,and a safe, happy and healthy graduation season, one that will undoubtedly go down in local #history as one that prompted our graduates and their families to make the most of an unfortunate situation, an invaluable lesson to be carried with them always as they forge new paths forward.
#wherehistorylives #historymatters #graduation2020 #happygraduation #longbeachca #longbeach #longbeachcalifornia #graduation #socalhistory #historylbc #congratulations

We're happy that our friends at Jewel Box Children's Theater have been invited by the Long Beach Symphony to participate...
05/28/2020

We're happy that our friends at Jewel Box Children's Theater have been invited by the Long Beach Symphony to participate In their Virtual Music Education Week! We're also pleased to have been able to provide them with the original sheet music for "Long Beach by the Sea," written by Miss Ula Kitchen and George Hill in 1918, for their virtual #singalong performance. Grab your kids and join the fun!
Visit https://longbeachsymphony.org/virtual-music-education-week for more information.

Join us online for a week of Music Education from June 2nd to June 6th! We will have a Virtual Instrument Petting Zoo, Instrument Craft Activities, Instrument Snack Activities and more! Visit the link below to learn how to submit your video to be part of our Virtual Sing-A-Long! All activities and posts will be shared online on our social media outlets and website.

https://longbeachsymphony.org/virtual-music-education-week

Address

4260 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA
90807

General information

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

Telephone

(562) 424-2220

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Historical Society of Long Beach posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Historical Society of Long Beach:

Videos

Category

Our Story

The Historical Society of Long Beach collects, preserves and presents local history. Through historical collections, exhibits, and programs we connect people to the past and to the place they live. We present an inclusive community narrative and help create greater understanding of our neighborhoods, the city and its place in the larger world. Through our programs, exhibitions, and collections we engage the community in thinking about what makes Long Beach unique.

The Historical Society of Long Beach is a non-profit organization founded in 1962. The HSLB is not associated with the City of Long Beach and is not a regulatory body.

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.

#LongBeach

#LBC

#history

#longbeachhistory

#cemeteryhistory

#womenshistory

#HSLB

#LAThtr

#theatre

#Halloween

#historyiscool

#historyLBC

#historicalsocietylb

Nearby museums


Other History Museums in Long Beach

Show All

Comments

Join SAH/SCC for a free online presentation.
On June 21, 1956 there is an artical about a club called ddclub. I have a photo on my facebook I copied that my father was in. Can you find out what the dd club was. My father was a Democrat and very active and a Political Consultant . Johnny Marshall Johnston was his name. He incorporated over 26 Southern CA cities
Can you please tell me why the Historical Society of Long Beach doesn’t not offer or post history on the Queen Mary?
I'm dong an article for Newsday about the Great Depression - looking back on that time. How it's different, and any simiiarities, to today. Would like to speak with someone at the historical society, if possible. Or anyone who has thoughts etc. re. this. Claude Solnik [email protected] 516-404-2960
Who remembers this?
Embrace this unique Spanish Revival home, built in 1921 with the charm of yesteryear – a sophisticated and luxurious retreat boasting exquisite architecture that sparks the creative nature in all of us. 117 Belmont, Long Beach. For more information call Linda D'Ambrosi, Vista Sotheby's International Realty 310-938-6958 DRE #01404613
Four notable black settlements were located on the Eastside. The Furlong Tract was a small black neighborhood between 50th and 55th Streets, Alameda and Long Beach Avenue. Around 1903, Irish farmer James Furlong developed this area expressly for African Americans to aid in their advancement. He sold lots to black families, who settled the area. In 1936, sociologist Max Bond described the original settlers as the “elite of the Negro race.” However, historians Leonard and Dale Pitt more recently characterized the area as a tidy, cohesive working-class neighborhood with decent transportation and “small, neat homes, served by small businesses, three churches, and a school.”35 The Furlong Tract’s 51st Street School, built in 1910, was the first all-black school in Los Angeles. It was destroyed by fire in 1922, and rebuilt as the Holmes Avenue Elementary School. The Long Beach earthquake of 1933 destroyed many structures in the area, precipitating an exodus. In the 1940s, the neighborhood was razed to make way for the Pueblo del Rio public housing project.
In the 1930s, there was a civil legal dispute in my family in Long Beach. Does anyone know if there would be a transcript of the trial in court records there?
I was born in Long Beach CA in 1938. One memory was when we lived on Parade Street when the circus came to town. Kiddy corner from our house was a large vacant lot where the circus set up. The animals and circus entertainers would parade down the street to the lot where they were set up. Does anyone have pictures of the circus or its parade during that time?
The story of water in Long Beach. Visit our important exhibit.
Spent the warm day at Sunnyside Cemetery today for the historical tour! It was very interesting and well done!! Made a new friend along the way ... turns out she graduated with my Dad at Poly High 1957! After talking she said I sound a lot like my Father and have his mannerisms, I’ll take that! ❤️😊
Some photos & postcards of Long Beach Earthquake in 1933.