Long Beach Heritage wants people to take a stroll down history lane this summer in North Long Beach.
But some help is needed. An interactive history installation called For The Record is available, but will take money to install. So Heritage has launched a fund-raising campaign.
History lane will be the stretch of Atlantic Avenue between Jordan High School and the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library. Decals on light poles and other permanent standards will link virtually to the digital storehouse at lbtimeline.com, with tidbits specifically tied to North Long Beach.
The installation aims to highlight stories of people and lesser known events that have shaped the city and neighborhood. Stories start in 1784, when the Spanish government grants Manuel Nieto a piece of land now known as the city of Long Beach.
Other highlights include a black and white photograph where Long Beach firemen stood in front of the newly completed North Long Beach (Gundry) fire station in 1939. In 1965, the Watts Riots erupted in Los Angeles. The riot spread throughout South Los Angeles and to nearby areas, including Long Beach. As a result, millions of dollars in property damage was caused in Long Beach, the timeline reads.
Some of the digital blurbs have video interviews with local residents in Spanish and/or English for an enhanced experience. Translated versions are available in Spanish and Khmer.
The timeline ends in 2016, with the opening of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library.
Started in 2017, For the Record is designed to empower local residents by recognizing its unique and significant history. A partnership of nonprofits City Fabrick and We Are Next, Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson’s office and students from Cal State Fullerton’s public history program created the interactive installation.
Now a campaign led by Long Beach Heritage seeks to raise $1,000 for the installation.
“Long Beach Heritage looks forward to continuing the incredible work poured into For the Record,” Sarah Locke, Heritage's executive director, said in a release. “As an organization dedicated to preserving the uniquely diverse character of our city, we are excited to steward this project and invite the public to contribute their support to bringing it to life.”
For every $20 donated, one story decal will be installed. Donations will be matched by an anonymous donor and can be made until Thursday, July 18.
To make a tax-deductible donation, go to www.lbheritage.org/get-involved/donate/for-the-record/.