When I Think of Home: Images from L.A. ArchivesMain MenuIntroductionThe greater Los Angeles area is on the traditional lands of the Gabrielino/Tongva, Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam and Yuhaaviatam/Maarenga’yam (Serrano) peoples. We acknowledge their presence here since time immemorial and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water and to their ancestors.L.A. FirstsMigration to Los Angeles in Pursuit of Health and HappinessThe Community and Cultural Enclaves of L.A.Los Angeles Architecture and LandscapesHistoric Home MuseumsContributorsChronologyMapping the ExhibitAcknowledgementsWhen I Think of Home: Images from L.A. Archives is the first digital History Keepers exhibit produced for the annual Archives Bazaar and would not have been possible without the collaboration of LAAS members and Archive Bazaar Exhibit subcommittee members.
Governor Knight at Freeway Opening
12020-09-30T15:38:55-07:00Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e310112Freeways are a staple of the landscape of Los Angeles County. In this image from 1954, Goodwin Knight (1896-1970), the 31st Governor of California who served from 1953-1959, cuts a ribbon at the opening of the Los Angeles River Freeway State Route 15. Today this freeway is known as the Long Beach Freeway/Interstate 710. This photograph was taken by Joseph Risinger, a photographer for the Long Beach Press Telegram.plain2020-10-12T10:33:33-07:0010/24/1954Historical Society of Long BeachIn CopyrightJoseph Risinger Photographs Collection, Historical Society of Long Beach.Long Beach, Calif.Joseph Risinger, 1913-2007 (Photographer)Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e
The Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) was formed in 1962 with the mission to collect, preserve, and present the city’s history. Throughout the years the HSLB has occupied many locations around the city, settling at its current location in Bixby Knolls in 2007. Operations are sustained at the HSLB by grant funding, membership dues, and community fundraising through programs and events.
Collections at the HSLB include an extensive photograph collection (including the studios of Lawrence Inman, the Winstead Brothers, A.C. Brown, and Joe Risinger), City Manager’s Files ranging from 1923 through 1953, maps, blueprints, city directories, and bound volumes of local newspapers including the Press-Telegram and Independent.
The HSLB hosts various programs throughout the year including a recorded oral history series, an architecture and hors d’oeuvres tour, panel discussions, and a historical cemetery tour. The storefront gallery space in Bixby Knolls is utilized to present rotating exhibitions. Past exhibits include Chrome! Cruisin’, Clubs & Drag Strips, Long Beach Remembers Pearl Harbor, Black Gold: Oil in the Neighborhood, Coming Out in Long Beach, and the current exhibit is Water Changes Everything, exploring the way water has affected the city of Long Beach, and the ways we have affected our water.