Welcome to the Historical Society of Long Beach

Just in time for Halloween!

From Seaside Resort to International City: The Story of Long Beach Lives in its Cemeteries

Like so many things our Historical Cemetery Tour could not be held this year. Instead, our team created a film that tells local history utilizing past Cemetery Tour performances. We weave together stories from 24 past Cemetery Tours. Narrated by historian Craig Hendricks the film includes 234 historical images, postcards, maps, and documents. The 90-minute piece includes local cemetery history, seaside recreation, women’s suffrage, harbor history, prohibition, the depression, World War II, the incarceration of innocent Japanese Americans, Poly High School, and the Bougess White Scholarship Foundation.

The film illustrates the impressive archives of the HSLB. From postcards to photos to moving footage, this 90-minute film is a testimony to the impressive collections available to researchers.

The film is suitable for all ages. It is asynchronous and can be watched multiple times from its release date on October 30th until November 13th.

The video is suitable for all ages.

It is asynchronous and can be watched from the release date on October 30th until November 13th.

Purchase your household pass today!

$40 Household

$35 Member Household

$100 Super Supporter Household

$250 History Lover Household

The Pandemic Project: Stories from Long Bech 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.



Research requests are on pause until further notice due to COVID-19. We hope to work with you again soon. In the meantime please consider sharing your COVID-19 experiences with us through our Pandemic Project.


Please click here to view our selection of books and photographs ready for purchase on our online store. Please allow 3 weeks for orders to be processed. Thank you for your patience.


Exhibition viewing is limited to peering into the front windows. In gallery exhibition viewing is unavailable until further notice.

At Home Activities for Everyone!

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

Click Here for a Printable Version
Click Here for a Printable Version

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.

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