The Historical Society of Long Beach has announced 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.
Interviewers will include current and former city council members, a port commissioner and former assemblywoman and state senator. An historian with expertise in the city’s history and a local political consultant have prepared questions.
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.
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. All events begin at 7pm.
Thursday, July 2
Mayor Eunice Sato (served 1980-1982)
Interviewer: Doris Topsy-Elvord
Thursday, July 9
Mayor Ernie Kell (served from 1984-1994)
Interviewer: Evan Braude
Thursday, July 30
Mayor Beverly O’Neill (served from 1994-2006)
Interviewer: Betty Karnette
Thursday, August 6
Mayor Bob Foster