Welcome to the Historical Society of Long Beach

Upcoming Events

Come learn more about Long Beach History at these exciting March events!

Begining in 1961, the Redevelopment Agency began targeting “blighted” areas of Long Beach. The RDA 
demolished many buildings throughout the City and significantly impacted our neighborhoods. When the state dismantled redevelopment agencies in 2016, the local RDA controlled 40% of the City’s area.
Thanks to generous funding from The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association, The 
Historical Society of Long Beach organized 34,000 slides, aerial views of neighborhoods, and items that record the demolished buildings and the developments that replaced them. 
The Historial Society of Long Beach invites you to learn about the RDA collection and how as a community member you might view and access these significant images from our City’s history

Come Explore our Current Exhibition

We have served the city for over 50 years, collecting and preserving its rich history for current and future generations. We invite you to visit our gallery at 4260 Atlantic Avenue in the city’s Bixby Knolls neighborhood.

Be Part of Long Beach History

The Long Beach Suffrage Centennial Circle and the Historical Society of Long Beach seek YOUR recommendations for 100 Women who are feminists/womanists, who broke barriers, or who gave extraordinary service to the community. Please click here for more information.

The Historical Society of Long Beach is proudly supported by:
Aquatic Capital of America Foundation
City of Long Beach
City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Long Beach Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

Long Beach Councilmember Al Austin
Long Beach Developmental Services Department
Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association
Long Beach Water Department

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Port of Long Beach

Ron & Marianne Gastelum
Water Replenishment District
Will J. Reid Foundation