Virtual Lectures

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The Silver Waves of Summer: Book Launch 

August 5th, 2021

The Hermosa Beach Historical Society and {pages} a bookstore and are pleased to present an evening celebrating the launch of The Silver Waves of Summer. Enjoy excerpt readings with authors Michael Scott Moore, Tod Goldberg, Naomi Hirahara, Antoine Wilson, and other contributing authors.


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The History of Skateboarding in Hermosa Beach

July 22nd, 2021

This month we will be joined by professional skateboarder Cindy Whitehead to explore the history of skateboarding in Hermosa Beach from the 1960's to present day.

Cindy Whitehead is a 1970’s professional skater and activist. She began freestyle skateboarding in her hometown of Hermosa Beach, and turned professional at the age of 16 when she was one of the female pioneers of vertical skateboarding. Whitehead was one of the first girls out there, proving that skateboarding was for everyone.


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CLICK HERE to follow Cindy's work on Instagram


Los Angeles Car Culture

June 17th, 2021

Join us for our June webinar on Los Angeles Car Culture with guest panelists Alec Carlson, Anne Williams, and Tom Zimmerman! We will hit the road with our panelists to explore our history with cars, and how the joy of driving has brought all of us together. We will also get a glimpse into a new generation of LA car enthusiasts who are already busy in their garages making history today. 


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CLICK HERE to follow Anne on Instagram

CLICK HERE to follow Alec on Instagram

CLICK HERE to find Tom's book on Amazon

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An Abalone Story

April 15th, 2021

Captain Nancy Caruso is a marine biologist and founder of Get Inspired. One of Get Inspired many programs, aimed at involving and engaging their community in science, is their ocean restoration program. Through this program, Nancy and her team restored the kelp forests of Orange County, after being gone for 2 decades, and now they are working on restoring green abalone, white seabass, and Pismo clams. Nancy will tell us the story of her work to protect our local sea life, her community programs and the historical significance of the species she is devoted to restoring.

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CLICK HERE to learn more about Nancy & Get Inspired.

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Beach City Piers

March 18th, 2021

Join us online in March as representatives from the Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach Historical Societies team up to present a history of their beach city piers! 

Presenters: Gary McAulay from Manhattan Beach, Chris Miller from Hermosa Beach, and Dead Francois with Rob Gaddis from Redondo Beach.


Click here to connect with the Manhattan Beach Historical Society.

Click here to connect with the Redondo Beach Historical Society.

CLICK HERE to watch this presentation on our Website.

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Loreto: The Story of Hermosa's Sister City & How We Came Together

February 25th, 2021

Join us in February for a presentation on the history of Loreto, Hermosa Beach's sister city in Baja California Sur, Mexico. We will also explore the story behind how these two beach towns came together in 1967, and how the Hermosa Beach Sister City Association has built a United States Congressionally Recognized Program that continues to impact the community of Loreto today.

Click here to learn more about the HBSCA on their website.

Click here to watch a documentary about the HBSCA by Rick Koenig. 

CLICK HERE to watch this presentation on our YouTube Channel.

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Acquisition Highlights of 2020

January 7th, 2021

Join us in the new year for a presentation on some of our latest additions to the Hermosa Beach Museum Collections & Archives, led by our HBHS Collections Volunteers and Staff. While our museum doors were closed to visitors most of 2020, we were able to accomplish some exciting collections work that we would like to share with our community.

Click here to support the HBHS by making a donation today. 

CLICK HERE to watch this presentation on our YouTube Channel.


Tongva Experience: 2020 Virtual Field Trip

November 2020

The Hermosa Beach Historical Society & Museum is proud to present our annual Tongva Experience Field Trip virtually for our Hermosa Beach 4th Grade Students this year. We would like to thank the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club for sponsoring this program.


We are thrilled to welcome back Julia Bogany, a Tribal Council Member and the Cultural Consultant for the Tongva-Gabrielino, the native people of the South Bay. Julia will be sharing the history, stories, and culture of the Tongva Tribe with our students to help fulfill their California History educational requirement.

CLICK HERE to watch this presentation on our YouTube Channel.

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Haunting Stories of the South Bay

October 29th, 2020

Join the HBHS and our special Halloween presentation with presenter Chris Miller for some spooky stories from the South Bay!

Turn off the lights, and try not to get too scared! 



Chris Miller, Dave Lucero, Laura Brodeur, Larry Hudson, Brigid Dowd, Jan Dennis, Jill Costley & Will Watson.

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South Bay Surf Music

September 24th, 2020

Join the HBHS and our September speaker Domenic Priore to explore the history of surf music in the South Bay from 1960-1965.

In the wake of surfboards becoming lighter... from wood planks to polyurethane... Teenagers during the early 1960s had a great, big, beautiful tomorrow to look forward to in the South Bay of Los Angeles. The new popularity of surfing during the late '50 lead immediately into kids, just getting their chops together on guitars, saxophones and drums, to form bands to play at the dances where High School-aged surfers met.




Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier

Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood

Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

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The Story of Southern California's Pacific Electric Railway Cars

August 20th, 2020

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!

CLICK HERE to watch this presentation on our YouTube Channel.

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Avenues, Lighthouses, & Stages: The History of Jazz in Los Angeles

July 23rd, 2020

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 

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North American Galapagos

June 18th, 2020


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.)

CLICK HERE to watch this presentation on our YouTube Channel.