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Help us Mark the Map!

The City of Long Beach’s Historic Context Statement is an important resource when it comes to understanding the City’s history. As we complete updates, help us “Mark the Map” to learn about the places you care about by participating in this initiative! We can’t tell the story of Long Beach without you.


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about this initiative

Beginning in 2019, the City of Long Beach will update its Historic Context Statement. This important document outlines Long Beach history, and helps determine which of its places are eligible for historic designation, tax incentives, and other programs.

To help us create a better Historic Context Statement, we’d like to hear from the community! This summer, our project team will begin hosting community events and meetings to ask residents of long beach to, “Mark the Map” and tell us what places matter to them most.

Dates of in-person gatherings are coming soon!


Below Image: “Mr. Clean product assembly line” by Jasper Nutter Photography, 1961. Long Beach Public Library Digital Archive.


Why Update?

Long Beach’s Historic Context Statement was last updated in 2009. The latest revision of this document generally focuses on Long Beach history prior to 1965. This means that it does not offer an in-depth look at Long Beach’s rich LGBTQ community and culture, the experiences of communities of color during the Civil Rights era, the evolution of our neighborhoods throughout the late Twentieth century, or Long Beach’s wealth of Mid-Century architecture.

With this update, the City of Long Beach hopes to expand its understanding of our neighborhoods and places which may be eligible for historic designation and other programs. In particular, the City hopes to further develop its record of sites affiliated with underrepresented and under-recognized communities across the city.

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Passionate about our local history? Want to let us know about a place that matters to you?
We hope you’ll participate!



Let us know about a place in Long Beach that you feel represents the history of your neighborhood or community.


Would your community group like to host one of our community meetings in your neighborhood?


Access images that you can share to show your support for the update in an e-newsletter or on social media!