Welcome to the Historical Society of Long Beach

The Pandemic Project: Stories from Long Beach during the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020

The Historical Society of Long Beach is collecting stories from those who live and work in this community to become part of our permanent archive. Our goal is to create a repository of stories and local communications that will be used by researchers, students, and others seeking to know more about how a global pandemic affects a city and its residents.


Historical Society of Long Beach’s Gallery and Research Center are closed to the public until social distancing guidelines change due to COVID-19. We also cannot help researchers at this time.

We are checking emails and telephone messages, and fulfilling photo and book orders.


At Home Activities for Everyone!

Challenge your mind and your coloring skills while learning about Long Beach History.

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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.

A Woman’s Place in The Spotlight

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.
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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