MdR Lighthouse


Visit our Newly Renovated
Marina del Rey Historical Exhibit &
Gallery in Fisherman’s Village!

13737 Fiji Way Suite C-3



Our Gallery has been renovated and has a beautiful fresh look. Keep in touch, as this is an ongoing renovation and we have future exhibits planned to present more information on the history of Marina del Rey. Our directors and helpers worked hard to provide a fresh...

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Historical Society’s Gallery

The Marina del Rey Historical Society has a gallery in Fisherman's Village just steps from the Marina Lighthouse. We offer an educational history of Marina del Rey, with more than 100 years of historical photos, from swampy marshland, to the creation of the largest...

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Maureen Hunt

The Marina del Rey Historical Society welcomes its new Board member. Maureen was born and raised locally in Santa Monica. She moved to the Marina del Rey area in the late 1970's, where she owned a moving and storage business for 25 years. She recently retired, after...

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2016 Recap

RECAP OF 2016 By Willie Hjorth Marina del Rey Historical Society New directors joining the Society have initiated work-in- progress projects to revamp and upgrade our website and social media presence. As we all know, technology innovation is speeding at ever faster...

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TRIBUTE! Honoring Supervisor Don R.Knabe By Willie Hjorth More than a hundred admirers including residents, business persons, Lessees, boat owners and public officials attended the gala thanking Supervisor Don for his dedicated and conscientious oversight of Marina...

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Greg Wenger

A Debt of Gratitude to Greg Wenger by Willie Hjorth The ninth anniversary of Marina del Rey Historical Society's official federal non-profit status was September 10, 2016. Sadly, longtime renowned photographer Greg Wenger, co-founder of the Society, passed away in...

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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The Marina del Rey Historical Society (MdRHS) was founded to collect and preserve historical documents, artifacts, publications, photographs, data and information relating to the development of Marina del Rey as exhibits and in retrievable electronic databases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