The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association (LBNMHA) awarded grants to seven local organizations last month at the Rancho Los Cerritos. A total of $188,000 was distributed in various amounts for the following projects:
• Rancho Los Alamitos– for restoration of the kitchen areas, consisting of a butler’s pantry, kitchen, men’s dining room and back porch
• California Heights Historic District– to complete their multi-year plan to restore and recreate vintage lampposts from the 1920s and 1930s
• CSULB Advanced Media Productions– to create and produce a television documentary about Long Beach’s aviation and Navy/Harbor history
• Sustainable Long Beach– for the research and creation of interpretive signs for visitors to the Willow Springs Park
• Historical Society of Long Beach, Pearl Harbor exhibit and programming– to help fund the research, cataloging, preservation and exhibition of Long Beach’s connection to the attack on Pearl Harbor, on its 75th anniversary in 2016
• Long Beach Heritage– for the rehabilitation of the Bembridge House entrance hall, back bathroom pantry, master bedroom and master bath
• St. Regis Condominium Association Windows Project– to fund a master architectural restoration plan, architectural fees and window restoration
Created in 1998, the LBNMHA exists to preserve the heritage and historic sites of Long Beach, recognize the contributions of the Long Beach Naval Station and Shipyard to the city of Long Beach and honor the work of architect Paul Revere Williams. The Association is led by a nine-member board of directors representing four significant historic preservation organizations in Long Beach with expertise and knowledge of the field: the Cultural Heritage Commission, Historical Society of Long Beach, Willmore City Heritage and Long Beach Heritage.
“A key purpose of the LBNMHA is to foster and support the identification, evaluation, preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of historical resources, sites and archival sources within the municipal boundaries of the city of Long Beach,” said Cheryl Perry, LBNMHA board president. Historical resources may include buildings, public landscapes or contributing structures in historic neighborhoods.