About HSLB

The Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to connect people to the past and to the place they live by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the material history of Long Beach. Through our programs and services, we help develop an inclusive community narrative that gives residents a greater understanding of their role in the story of their neighborhood and their city. The HSLB serves as an important resource for groups and individuals including preservationists, architects, historians, artists, filmmakers, authors, journalists, educators, researchers, students, policymakers, genealogists and the community at large.


2020/2021 Board of Directors & Advisors


Melanie Werts, Board President
Dr. Craig Hendricks, Vice Board President
Kristi Fischer, Treasurer
Niki Tennant,Secretary
Roxanne Patmor, Communications Officer

Past Presidents


Evan Anderson Braude
Kaye Briegel
Timothy Friden
Karen Harper
Mary Hinds
Frances Lyon
Olivia Maiser
Joan Van Hooten
Brandon Werts
Michael Soutar


Rich Archbold
Hon. Al Austin
Jim Breslauer
Hon. Doug Drummond
Hon. Rae Gabelich

Hon. Jackie Kell
Hon. Bonnie Lowenthal
Hon. Alan Lowenthal
Hon. Daryl Supernaw
Sue Needham
Maureen Neelay
Hon. Beverly O’Neill
Hon. Suzie Price
Karen Quintiliani
Hon. Renee Simon
John Thomas
Max Viltz


Julie Bartolotto, Executive Director
John Royce, Membership Coordinator
Bianca Moreno, Program Coordinator

Tristan Willenburg, Project Archivist
Mikey Davis, Bookkeeper

HSLB History

Founded in 1962 by a coalition of community leaders and activists, the HSLB began collecting the material history of Long Beach, including maps, photographs, advertising, and other documents that chronicle the City. For more than 30 years the organization was staffed entirely by volunteers. During this time, the HSLB published books with historical photographs on a variety of local topics including the Pike and the 1933 earthquake. The organization was housed in several locations including Rancho Los Cerritos, Rancho Los Alamitos, a senior center and people’s homes until moving into its first public gallery space on Pine Avenue in 1994. In 1996 it hired its first Executive Director.

Click here for a Detailed History of HSLB.


The HSLB has been located at 4260 Atlantic Avenue since securing a long-term tenancy in 2007. Here we are able to accept large historical collections and adequately store them in a basement vault and archive on the main floor. We participate in the local First Fridays art walk, hold rotating exhibitions, have generous space for researchers, and offer diverse projects and programs.