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Do you know anyone with unused warehouse space? Please ask them to donate it to the Museum. Even 1000 square feet for a few months will help. Contact Marshall Pumphrey (562) 987-1904 or mpumphr@aol.com

Upcoming Events

The Museum hosts several events during the year. Watch this space for details.

November 22, 2014, 10 am
Long Beach Heritage Museum and The Art Theatre proudly presents... GRAND HOTEL
Legendary 1932 film
This screening includes: * a special presentation on MGM Art Director Cedric Gibbons by John Thomas, president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles * free glass of mimosa for all attendees * $1 of each ticket price will be donated to the LB Heritage Museum Regular Ticket: $11, Senior/Child $8
2025 E. 4th Street, Long Beach

September
Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
at Fromex Photo & Digital
5277 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach

Each year we have a booth at this popular event. Come stroll 2nd Street, admire the cars and visit our volunteers. Check out our collections of historic Long Beach photos and postcards.

Various dates
Long Beach Heritage Museum Membership Meeting & Reception

Each year (or more often) we have a general meeting in a historic Long Beach location. This past year we highlighted the new installation of the Museum's Cyclone Racer Car on loan to Looff's Lite-A-Line. Relive Long Beach's classic Pike amusement park. This is the last remaining car from the famous beach-side roller coaster. Guests most welcome!

September
Rose Park Restoration Fair
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Luther Burbank School
4th and Junipero, Long Beach

Come meet our volunteers and learn about the museum as you learn about historic home restoration as you meet with restoration suppliers and craftsmen.

Any day, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Cyclone Racer exhibit
Looff’s Lite-A-Line
2500 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

See the beautifully restored Cyclone Racer car and other Pike artifacts. See article below.

The Museum plans future exhibits of their collection at:
Seaside Printing Gallery
Great Balboa Film Studio Gallery
Douglas Park Long Beach Airport &
Douglas Aircraft Exhibit
Additional Exhibits at Looff’s Lite-A-Line

In Memory of Ken Larkey

Supporters of the Long Beach Heritage Museum were saddened to learn that Ken Larkey, the founder and curator of the museum, has passed away. He died peacefully following a long illness due to a stroke. We remember with fondness his sense of humor, his interest in Long Beach history, and his ability to recall obscure facts about the Long Beach of long ago, and in great detail. The museum was his baby, and we are grateful that he devoted his life to keeping for future generations mementos of the city he loved.

A beautiful memorial service was held April 9, 2011. Donations may be made in memory of Ken to the Long Beach Heritage Museum,

Long Beach Heritage Museum
P.O. Box 14641
Long Beach, CA 90803

LA Times article

Press Telegram article

Press Telegram article (initial, short)

LBReport article

When Ken was no longer able to manage the day-to-day operations of the museum, he asked Marshall Pumphrey to take over these tasks. Marshall is a long-time and strong supporter of the museum who is passionate about maintaining Long Beach's heritage and especially the fine collection that Ken has built. We are grateful that he is able to continue Ken's work on behalf of the people of Long Beach. Please contact Marshall directly for any Museum business. You may reach Marshall at (562) 987-1904 or mpumphr@aol.com.

Long Beach Heritage Museum's Cyclone Racer Car at Looff's Lite-A-Line

While most of the museum's collection is in storage awaiting a home, at least one significant item is now on public display. See the only remaining Cyclone Racer car from the Long Beach Pike at Looff's Lite-A-Line. A sign at the exhibit says, "Looff's Lite-A-Line has completely restored and proudly presents the last remaining of the original Cyclone Racer Rollercoaster cars built in 1930. All the other cars were destroyed in September of 1968 along with the great ride itself at the Long Beach Pike. The late Ken Larkey and the Long Beach Heritage Museum have saved this car from destruction.

"The track underneiath the car and the pilot dolley in front of it are exact replicas that have been masterfully built in original design by Larry Osterhoudt, the premiuer authority on the Cyclone Race. Larry has spent fifteen years recreating all the blue prints in minute detail to rebuild this fabulous ride."

Volunteer to Help Save the Museum!

Your help is urgently needed to save the Long Beach Heritage Museum, home to the largest collection of historic Long Beach memorabilia in the city.

We can't do it without your help. If we are going to have a successful fund raising campaign, we need support from our members and the community. If we work together, we can turn our dream about a Museum for the city of Long Beach into a reality. Any amount of time and energy that you can donate, will be greatly appreciated. (Click here to learn more about our fund raising activities)

To join our team, call (562) 987-1904 or mpumphr@aol.com.

Past Events

Belmont Car Show

In past years we were at the show with the last remaining roller coaster car from The Cyclone Racer, now on display at Looff's Lite-A-Line, along with historic photographs of the artifacts that were once housed in the Museum.

We have had a very successful event for several years. Many people had their pictures taken in the roller coaster car for a $10 donation. Many others gave donations, asked for brochures, and expressed interest in volunteering and becoming members. We raised both money and awareness for the Museum. We also had a good time reminiscing with people about the Pike, the Cyclone Racer and Long Beach's past. We heard a lot of stories about the Cyclone Racer, some of which were actually true! (Click here to learn more)


Tunnel Sees The Light and LB Heritage Museum Gets A Boost

Sunday October 28, 2007 was a great day for Long Beach history and the Long Beach Heritage Museum.  The historic Jergins Tunnel was opened to the public for the first time since its closing 40 years earlier on June 7th, 1967.  Some of the day's events included a film festival shown inside the tunnel, divided into sessions, which ran well into the evening.  Two of those film sessions, “Earl Daugherty: First Flights,” and “Long Beach Home Movies: 1920’s-1960’s” where provided by the Long Beach Heritage Museum.  According to the Press Telegram, more than 1,000 people lined up for a chance to be inside the tunnel which means ... Great Event!   And LBHM volunteers were on hand just outside the tunnel's entrance/exit engaging the crowds who stopped by our display tables hungry for another historical fix.

The Jergins Tunnel Film Festival drew the perfect crowd ... history buffs looking for a link to their past and the Long Beach Heritage Museum had it: Three tables displaying many of the Museum’s historical photos, books, memorabilia and of course, membership applications.  Ken Larkey, President of LBHM, sold a record number of Long Beach history books which he published and paid for himself.  30% of all book profits are donated directly to the Museum's building fund and Ken is always happy about that.  “A lot of those books sold like hot cakes” Ken said, “And we didn't even have any syrup."

Of all the events that LBHM has attended, the opening of the Jergins Tunnel provided the most memberships and donations the Museum has ever gathered at one showing.  Pretty exciting stuff!

The day didn't start so well for LBHM volunteers Marshal Pumphrey, Greg Toyoda and museum president Ken Larkey.  A canopy was promised to protect our heroes from melting under the hot sun but this canopy didn’t materialise until late afternoon.  Just in time, because Ken wasn’t feeling too good.

Visitors came from all over to see the tunnel and connect with their past. Many interesting stories were shared throughout the day--stories of memorable times spent on the Pike with the common thread being the Jergins Tunnel.  It was encouraging to LBHM volunteers to see so many others interested in Long Beach history.  It was a big boost to morale.  We met a lot of nice people and got the chance to tell them our story as well, who we are and why the museum needs a home.

Bill Pearl, Publisher of Long Beach Report, came by and conducted an unscheduled interview with Larkey not long after the canopy was set up.  Ken was feeling better by now but was admittedly still a bit grumpy.  When asked how the interview went Ken replied, “I can’t remember.”  Al-righty then. Don’t feel bad, Bill.  Another news organisation came by later and Ken flat out refused the interview, opting instead to send the news crew over to Marshal who represented the museum in top fashion.

Although the day was an overall success, many visitors didn't know that the film sessions showing inside the tunnel had been completely sold out before the event began ... and it wasn't pleasant having to tell them.  Good honest people ready and willing to do whatever ... to get inside the tunnel if only for a few seconds.  And some did... :)  Many visitors voiced their opinion that the tunnel should be opened to the public in some capacity and Larkey agrees ... “The Future of Long Beach depends on its past.”

Council woman Suja Lowenthal would also like to see the Jergins tunnel opened to the public permanently.  She feels it would be an asset to the city and bring more people downtown both day and night.  When asked if he supported Lowenthal’s views Ken said, "yep".  So we encourage other LBHM members to contact Suja Lownethal and Staff @ http://www.ci.long-beach.ca.us/district2/staff.asp and let her know that as an active member of LBHM you support her efforts towards opening the tunnel once again.  In short, open it and we will come. 

History Brief:

Built in 1927 and opened to the public in 1928, the Jergins Tunnel, named after pioneer oil baron Andrew T. Jergins, was built to create safe passage to the beach.  At the time there were no stop signs or traffic signals on the corner of Pine and Ocean ... known then as “The Cross Roads of Long Beach.”  What a traffic mess as you can imagine, so folks in City Hall got the idea to build what they termed, The Pedestrian Subway, AKA Jergins Tunnel.

The opening of the Jergins Tunnel was a super event for the Heritage Museum. We met up with old friends, made new friends and signed up many comrades. We want to welcome those that joined us that day and express our sincerest appreciation.

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