Long Beach Historical Newspaper Collection Dedication Set For February 10th

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Long Beach Historical Newspaper Collection Dedication

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The Historical Society of Long Beach and the Press-Telegram are dedicating the Long Beach Historical Newspaper Collection to the community on February 10, 2012 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the HSLB gallery.

The Historical Newspaper Collection is 1400 bound volumes of newspapers spanning the years of 1902 through 1989. The collection includes 16 mastheads, including the Long Beach Sun, the Independent, the Independent Press-Telegram and the Press-Telegram. The collection is one of the largest ever received by the HSLB and is significant as it is the city’s history as reported by the hometown newspapers. The dedication will mark the first time the public has had access to these volumes which were previously stored by the Press-Telegram in various locations.

In addition to dedicating the collection to the community, the event will serve as a fund raiser for the preservation and public access of the collection. Included in the preservation efforts are the purchase of archival boxes for volumes with cracked or missing spines, retrofits to the south gallery including protective shading for windows, a security camera to alert staff to potential theft or vandalism, and metal shelving inserts to replace the existing wooden ones. To provide greater public access, the volumes will be inventoried so specific years and mastheads can be easily located by staff and the creation of a tool for researchers showing all the locations and formats (microfilm and digital) of papers in the collection.

Dedication attendees will be treated to great appetizers from Primal Alchemy along with a nice selection of wines and soft drinks. Confirmed speakers for the event include Rich Archbold and Carolina Garcia. Other well-known, long time Press-Telegram columnists have been invited to speak but are not yet confirmed. The event will also feature a silent auction and opportunity raffle.

A host committee for the event is being formed; confirmed committee members include former state Governor Deukmejian, former Mayor Beverly O’Neill, former Assemblywoman Betty Karnette, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, Vice-Mayor Doris Topsy-Elvord, Geraldine Knatz, Harry Saltzgaver, and Jean Smith. Julie Bartolotto, HSLB executive director and Rich Archbold, Press-Telegram Community Liaison are serving as co-chairs of the host committee.

The Long Beach Historical Newspaper Collection Dedication is Friday February 10, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the HSLB Gallery 4260 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach 90807.

Tickets to the event are: general public, $120; members, $100; and Long Beach Community Studies Conference registrants, $95. To buy a ticket, call the HSLB at 562.424.2220.

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