MdR Lighthouse


Visit our
Marina del Rey Historical Exhibit &
Gallery in Fisherman’s Village!
Tuesday – Sunday Noon to 4PM

13737 Fiji Way Suite C-3
Marina del Rey, CA 90292



The Marina del Rey Historical Society
is a 501(3)(c) California nonprofit organization


Marina del Rey History Exhibit

Marina del Rey Historical Society's History Gallery, located in Fisherman’s Village just steps from the Marina Lighthouse, presents on ongoing exhibit of Marina del Rey history, including more than 100 years of historical photos, DVD presentation, books, memorabilia,...

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Volumes of Early MDR News Clippings Emerge

An extraordinarily comprehensive history of Marina del Rey Harbor’s early years, as told by the collected newspaper clippings of that era, has been made available to Marina del Rey Historical Society (MDRHS). The eight-volume large format scrapbook collection includes...

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MdRHS Will Celebrate Our Tenth Year!

September 2017 SAVE THE DATE! On September 10, 2017, Marina del Rey Historical Society will celebrate its 10th year. As we grow our own history, the Society will be celebrating our first decade as caretakers of the history of Marina del Rey. Save the date, event...

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Hughes After Howard

A history of Hughes Aircraft Company was presented by past president D. Kenneth Richardson, at the Playa Vista Library, this past April 15. Richardson is author of the book “Hughes After Howard” . Marina del Rey Historical Society co-sponsored the event with Hughes...

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MarinaFest 2017

The annual festival in Burton Chace Park took place on May 20-21, with a boat show on the guest docks, free historic harbor tours, samba dancers, dozens of area vendors, inflatable kids attractions, and wine & beer garden. Marina del Rey Historical Society...

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ARTsea 2017

Combining art, music, dance and food on Marina del Rey "Mother's" Beach, the inaugural ARTsea event this past June 10th was successful and well attended. Marina del Rey Historical Society participated with a history exhibit and hundreds of complimentary copies of...

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Marina del Rey Historical Society
Founded September 10, 2007

The Marina del Rey Historical Society (MdRHS) was founded to collect and preserve historical documents, artifacts, publications, photographs, data and information relating to the development of Marina del Rey as exhibits and in retrievable electronic databases in order to keep the past alive for community pride and to create a unique resource of cultural and educational materials of historic value.

Currently our collection includes Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, the Howard Hughes Airfield (Playa Vista), Venice, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, LAX (Mines Field) and San Pedro.

Since our collection is electronically filed, personal contributions (photographs, printed material, documents, etc.) can be scanned to our files and the originals returned to the donor. Credit for the contribution will be listed and included in the captions.

Marina del Rey Historical Society
Special fundraising for archival materials


Marina del Rey recently turned 50. That means there are fifty years of history. The MdRHS is the depository for all things Marina del Rey. The Society has complete collections of The Argonaut, The Dinghy, photographs dating back to the 1800’s, and is the recipient of Greg Wenger’s extensive photography collection which encompasses the development, the building, the racing, and the events of MdR throughout those fifty years.

The Society has started a fund raising campaign for equipment and materials to archive and preserve this artifact collection.
If you have lived, sailed, raced, or biked in Marina del Rey… THIS IS YOUR HISTORY TOO! Please consider any donation amount so that the Society can move forward with building a researchable digital collection of our materials while preserving the originals for future generations.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE specifically to the archive fund
The Marina del Rey Historical Society
is a 501(3)(c) California nonprofit organization

The Society is also looking for material donations. Please call for more information.

  • slide scanner
  • photo scanners
  • high end Windows computers
    • newer Intel i7 with Windows 10
    • at least 12GB RAM
    • at least 3TB internal hard drive
  • 5TB and above external hard drives
  • Local Network Storage solution
  • USB cables
  • HDMI cables
  • large high definition computer monitors
  • archive quality slide sleeves
  • archive quality photo sleeves (all sizes)
  • fireproof filing cabinets

to the general fund
The Marina del Rey Historical Society
is a 501(3)(c) California nonprofit organization

We can preserve and share because of your donations.
Please donate today.



Marina del Rey Historical Society
Images of America
Marina del Rey

Presenting from our collection:
a short photographic history of the area and development of Marina del Rey
Click on any image to launch a slide show with more information per image