Long Beach Mayors tell the stories of their times in office at HSLB

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mayor-ray-clark-historical-societyThe Historical Society of Long Beach announces the opening of The Long Beach Mayors Oral History Series, a multiple event program featuring interviews before a live audience with each of the city’s five living mayors.

Topics will range from the personal to the political, delving into tenures which span four decades of Long Beach history. The stories and remembrances elucidated are sure to be both entertaining and historically valuable.

Interviewers include current and former city council members, a port commissioner and former assemblywoman and state senator.

Questions have been prepared by an historian with expertise in the city’s history and a local political consultant. The combination of city leadership on both sides of the interview table along with the quality of research will make these events interesting, unpredictable, lively and fun.

At each event the featured mayor will be the subject of an oral history-style interview, beginning with questions on his or her upbringing and early career. The latter portion will focus on the mayor’s political career and perspective on the city’s development while he or she served in office. Come be a witness to history in the making at the Historical Society of Long Beach.

Admission will be $10 at the door for non-HSLB Members. Admission for students and HSLB Members is free. All events of the series will be conducted in the Historical Society’s Main Gallery at 4260 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, California 90807 in Bixby Knolls. For more information call 562.424.2220.

All events begin at 7 p.m.

June 25: Mayor Tom Clark (served 1975-1980 & 1982-1984)
Interviewer: Councilwoman Rae Gabelich

July 2: Mayor Eunice Sato (served 1980-1982)
Interviewer: Doris Topsy-Elvord

July 9: Mayor Ernie Kell (served from 1984-1994)
Interviewer: Evan Braude

July 30: Mayor Beverly O’Neill (served from 1994-2006)
Interviewer: Betty Karnette

TBA: Mayor Bob Foster* (serving 2006-present)
*Invited

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

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