Port Town Exhibit
Historical Society of Long Beach
4260 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach 90807
Aug. 7-Nov. 6
Tues./Wed./Fri. 1-5 p.m.
Thurs. 1-7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Special evening events planned with Bixby Knolls First Fridays:
Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
A sinking island! Political intrigue! The world’s biggest plane! A giant can of tuna! Mud! Millions of dollars at stake! Miss Universe!
On a movie poster, these would be the ingredients of a very strange adventure. But in real life, they’re part of the amazing true story of the Port of Long Beach, as told in Port Town.
That story comes to life in an exhibit running from Aug. 7 through Nov. 6 at the Historical Society of Long Beach. With one-of-a-kind artifacts, rare photos and video, the exhibit tells the story of the Port of Long Beach and the men and women who built it from a marshy mud flat into one of the greenest and most modern ports in the world.
You’ll learn why the Port isn’t in Santa Monica, why Long Beach and Los Angeles have separate ports, how a near disaster for the city turned into a big benefit for the Port today, and much more.
“This is our history, one that we should all know and be proud to call our own,” said Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond. “I hope you will all come to experience the fascinating story of our city’s greatest economic asset.”
Learn about Port of Long Beach projects, jobs, environmental issues and more at a free “Let’s Talk Port” community forum on Monday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Park Community Center, 101 E. 28th St., Long Beach.
Presented in partnership with the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance, the program will feature a short presentation followed by Q&A and a chance to talk with Port representatives. This will be the first “Let’s Talk Port” to feature Port Chief Executive Officer Jon Slangerup.
Port Town is the new epic history book about the how the people of Long Beach built, defended and profited from their port. Written by maritime journalists George and Carmela Cunningham, the book will be launched June 20 at the Long Beach Public Library Foundation’s annual fundraiser.
“We asked industry and local writers to review the Port Town manuscript,” said Doug Drummond, president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, “and they agree, the book tells a great story.”
In Long Beach, the history of the Port is the history of the city. George and Carmela Cunningham tell that story in their new book, Port Town, commissioned by the Port and due to debut in June.
Husband and wife, writers and editors, journalists and historians, the authors are well known in the maritime and goods movement industry as the publishers of The Cunningham Report, which covered the West Coast ports and the trade and transportation world from 1996 to 2010. They are also gifted storytellers who bring history to life, especially the visionaries and the scallywags who are sometimes both.
Port Town is an epic story, an unflinching and comprehensive history of how the people of Long Beach built, defended and profited from their harbor. The Cunninghams’ 500-page book is a page-turner, filled with the larger-than-life soldiers of fortune, land-grabbers, lovers, dreamers and builders who were inspired and bewitched by the Port of Long Beach’s mighty promise.