We’re Moving In! Performed by Zadie M. Cannon Ethel and Charles Haynes came to Long Beach in 1945. Charles was the first African American member of the Long Beach Board of Realtors. Ethel was an elementary school teacher. Together they helped integrate the city.
Early Education Performed by David Narloch, Rae Andrada, & Dennis Kortheuer Thomas and Kathleen were the children of Ernest and Julia Harnett, who came here from England in the late 1800s. Thomas owned a milling company, Kathleen and many of her sisters were teachers. They saw many changes to the area and its landscape.
Double Shame! Performed by Jennifer Jung with a special appearance by Councilperson Gerrie Schipse as Cora Morgan (retelling the story of Kimi Sugiyama) Yaye Kurayama Takeshita was a “picture bride.” Two sons were WWII heroes and son Mas Takeshita became a respected Japanese American leader in Long Beach.
Saving Poly Performed by Vanessa Rose Parker & Will Proctor with a special appearance by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal as Mary Pearce Dolley (retelling the story of Mary Dell Butler) Liz and Don Wallace had Poly in their DNA. Generations of Wallaces were Poly grads. When the civil rights movement brought awareness and desire for change – change which threatened Poly – Liz and Don brought Black and White parents together to find solutions to the problems.
A Legacy of Learning Performed by Mitchell and Jane Nunn Bill and Betty Seal were born in Long Beach, both teachers, following in the footsteps of their families. Bill helped returning Vietnam vets get into college; Betty worked with Cambodian refugees to help them succeed in their new home town. They left an educational legacy that still lives on.
It’s Murder, I Say, Murder! Performed by Linda Midgett Dora Czerny was an early entrepreneur in Long Beach. She worked her way up from housekeeper to bathhouse owner and real estate developer. And then in 1907, there was that murder scandal…
The American Dream Performed by Jonathan Varillas & Anna Kate Mohler with a special appearance by Councilmember Suja Lowenthal as Lillie Decker (retelling the story of Olivia Herrera) Valentine and Maybell Leal got married in Long Beach in 1905. Together they raised three sons, watched friends fight for fair treatment, and Valentine joined Alianza, an early Latino fraternal organization. One son attended UCLA and was a noted language scholar.
Spirituous Alcohol Comes to Town Performed by Mary Hinds, Scott Ringwelski, & Kevin Spaeth Clarence Coseboom, in 1896, was embroiled in the question, “Should Long Beach stay dry?” A rumpus and row ensued. And, what mischief was son Walter up to that night in the city storeroom?
We’re Moving In! Performed by Zadie M. Cannon with a special appearance by Councilmember Al Austin as Charles Haynes Ethel and Charles Haynes came to Long Beach in 1945. Charles was the first African American member of the Long Beach Board of Realtors. Ethel was an elementary school teacher. Together they helped integrate the city.