2020 Virtual Lecture Series

Thursday August 20th at 6_30pm REgister

August 20th, 2020

Virtual Programming 

If you like the dramatic plots of China Town or Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, then you’ll love the striking (and real) story of Southern California’s Pacific Electric Railway Cars. For our August presentation we were joined by Jared Nigro, Chief Operations Officer of the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation. Jared walked us through the beginnings of the Pacific Electric Railway, to their height and ultimate end in Southern California- specifically, the Hermosa and Redondo Beach areas.

To learn more about the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation and their current programing, check out their website by clicking here!

You can also watch a recording of the presentation on our Youtube channel:

Jared Nigro

Avenues, Lighthouses, and Stages_ The Hi

July 23rd, 2020

Virtual Programming 

Award-winning musician, composer, and music historian Willie Aron presents an overview of the history, and enduring impact of, jazz in Los Angeles. From Jelly Roll Morton and Lionel Hampton to Ornette Coleman and Kamasi Washington, from Central Avenue and Hermosa Beach’s famed Lighthouse Cafe to the World Stage, we explored the faces, places and sounds that have impacted musicians and music lovers alike for over a century.





Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles

Clora Bryant, and others.

Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956 (Rhino Records) - Cd box set (Booklet notes are fantastic)

California Soul: Music of African-Americans in the West - Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Eddie S. Meadows

West Coast Jazz - Ted Gioia 

You can also watch a recording of the presentation on our Youtube channel:

Willie Aron

Untitled Design.PNG

June 18th, 2020

Virtual Programming 

Corinne Heyning Laverty presents a stunning slide show featuring beautiful color and historic photographs of California’s eight Channel Islands and the pre-WWII scientific expeditions that went out to them. 

To read Corinne's book it is available for purchase:

Online through the University of Utah Press. (At check out, add both the ebook and book into your cart, and use the code VIRTUALISLANDS for a discount.)

At PAGES in Manhattan Beach (please contact PAGES ahead of time for their most up to date shopping experience.)

You can also watch a recording of the presentation on our Youtube channel:


Corinne Laverty

  • Facebook Social Icon
Follow us!
  • Instagram Social Icon


See what we are up to!

  • YouTube Social  Icon

© 2020  Hermosa Beach Historical Society. Created by John Stalder with Wix.com