A message from Museum President and Curator Marshall Pumphrey

Ken Larkey, right, and Marshall Pumphrey, second from right, with other volunteers and the Cyclone Racer car

I am honored that Ken Larkey appointed me to manage the Long Beach Heritage Museum collection after his death. With your help, I will continue to carry on Ken’s historical work on behalf of the people and history of Long Beach.

I am proud to be considered one of his close friends and I am inspired by my memories of him. Ken was born and raised in Long Beach, a city he truly loved. A graduate of Poly High School, Ken began collecting historical memorabilia at the age of 9 when he rescued a 1906 panorama of Long Beach from a garbage can.

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Ed Bechler, in memory

Museum Loses its Generous Benefactor and Friend

Edwin Bechler and his son Richard, donated FREE warehouse space for the storage of the Long Beach Heritage Museum’s artifacts when the Museum lost its building and was about to be thrown out onto the street with no place to go. Both Ed and his son Richard have given FREE storage space for the Museum’s artifacts since 1996. Our grateful thanks go out to both Father and Son. Without them, there would be no Long Beach Heritage Museum. We were shocked upon hearing the sad news of the passing of Edwin. Our heartfelt condolences and sympathy go out to the Bechler family at their loss and this time of sorrow in the passing of Edwin. We reprint the following Press-Telegram Continue reading Ed Bechler, in memory