Our meetings are on the fourth Saturday of the month starting at 11:00 a.m. in the 1905 historic beach cottage located in Polliwog Park at 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, California. The meetings are free and the public is invited. Step back in time with us and enjoy interesting and educational programs on the history of the South Bay. Bring a friend!
GENERAL MEETINGS Schedule for 2013. Quarterly general meetings are scheduled for the fourth Saturday of the month. Meeting dates for 2013:
February 23, 2013
May 25, 2013
August 24, 2013
November 23, 2013
The next GENERAL MEETING is on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Beach Cottage museum at Polliwog Park. All are welcome. Before or after the presentation you can see the newly completed 1939 Beach/P.E. Red Car Diorama and associated museum displays. Steve Meisenholder will give a PowerPoint presentation entitled History of the Pacific Electric Red Cars from 1911 to 1940. This presentation uses the Society’s photos to trace certain events in the Pacific Electric Railway. The PR "red cars" were trolley cars that traveled over an extensive interurban transit system in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The importance of this system to the development of Manhattan Beach will be emphasized.
Steve Meisenholder is a 42 year resident of Manhattan Beach. He retired from TRW when it was sold to Northrup Grumman in 2002. He then became active in the Manhattan Beach Historical Society and last year stepped down after six years as president
MANHATTAN BEACH 90266 $20.00 incl. tax
The pictorial history book "Manhattan Beach 90266" tells the story of how we became the great city that we are today. It was published in July 1995 and has 150 photographs. The book is easy to follow and includes a chronology, demographics and index. It is a wonderful reference book and is used by many for research. It is a hard covered quality book. The photo on the cover extends to the back cover and displays a panoramic view of a large segment of Manhattan Beach. John Post, a professional photographer took the picture on March 24, 1995. It had rained the day before and it is as if one can see forever.
I’LL TAKE MANHATTAN $25.00 incl. tax
The book, "I’ll Take Manhattan" was published in June 2000. It required three years of photography and one year of writing. The book begins with the early 1900s and travels into time to January 2000. The book has 144 pages, 250 photographs, chronology and captures the community as it was and through the turn of the century. The front cover features a 1907 Manhattan Beach Girl in her bathing suit. The back cover features two Pacific Electric trolleys traveling along the oceanfront through Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach. The Society thanks Dr. Leland Whitson for his kindness in allowing us to use his art of the trolleys for the back cover.
The books are available weekdays in the office of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce at 15th Street and Valley Drive. On weekends, they are available at the Manhattan Beach Historical Society, 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard. If you buy both books the total will be $40.00 instead of $45.00. The author will autograph the book upon request.
Priority Mail is two to three days delivery. Media Mail is one week to three weeks delivery. For Mail orders, call Steve Meisenholder at (310) 318-2625, or send your check to the Manhattan Beach Historical Society, P. O. Box 3355, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Please include current shipping charges.