Rare, wonderful,
and one-of-a-kind


These beautiful models are being offered for sale for the first time, as part of our fundraiser, with 100% net proceeds benefitting Marina del Rey Historical Society (MDRHS). MDRHS is offering shipping via Fedex Ground/Home Delivery on most, and LOCAL PICKUP on all. Selected ship models include a complimentary display case available only with the LOCAL PICKUP option (sorry, no shipping available on display cases due to size and unaffordable cost). For more photos, detailed info, and to make your vintage ship model purchase, or make offers, please visit the following links:



Dear Members, Friends, and Archivists,

As the community’s leading curator of Marina del Rey-related historical photos, slides, documents, newspaper and magazine articles, and more, Marina del Rey Historical Society (MdRHS) activities have continued the past year, despite the temporary closure of our Gallery. We hope to reopen soon. 

For a fascinating tour of the early Marina del Rey boating community, we invite you to peruse the pages of The Dinghy Magazine’s first decade, now available on this site (top menu, DINGHYS). The Dinghy Magazine, founded in 1964, was an invaluable source of local boating news and advertising. After acquiring the Dinghy Magazine in 1972, Argonaut founder David Asper Johnson awarded ownership to local boating columnist Darien Murray in the role of publisher, with photographer Greg Wenger. The Dinghy continued for three decades until Darien’s passing in 2002. Today, the Marina del Rey Historical Society (MdRHS) owns the entire collection. Los Angeles as Subject (LAAS) has provided MdRHS invaluable assistance with digitizing the collection’s first decade, thanks to a resident archiving team at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). 

On January 13th, Marina del Rey Historical Society presented a ZOOM! history talk to the Del Rey Yacht Club. To view the presentation, visit our ZOOM! history talk post on this site. 

Our fundraising efforts, December through February, included the sale of six model ships. Three additional model ships are currently available for sail, including a replica of Sovereign of the Seas, by accessing the links on this site.

Please support our efforts! Funding is vitally needed for our digital preservation projects and for operating costs. Please donate online by visiting our membership page on this site.  

If you’ve donated in the past, let me take this opportunity to thank you again. 

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank our board of directors, volunteers, and the Marina del Rey community for generous contributions in maintaining our community presence.  With my continued and sincerest appreciation for your support…be well and stay safe.

With sincerest appreciation for your support,

Howard Wenger, President, Marina del Rey Historical Society


You can make your donation via Paypal on this site; via phone 424-391-6976; or via mail to MDRHS, 13737 Fiji Way, C3, Marina del Rey CA 90292.

Donate to MdR Historical Society through PayPal


This is our primary focus and if you have a passion for history and like conversing with others about preserving the Marina’s heritage, then we would love to have you join us.

We are seeking Volunteers and Local Archivists, also, if you are an Intern working toward being a Historical Steward and need hours towards your graduation, then here are some of the areas we could use your help and expertise…

Membership outreach

Archivist – Organization of our Archives.

Community Functions – Booth operations at local and major events.

Fundraising – Organize and assist at various fundraisers.

Grant Writer – Find and write for funding on local, state, and federal levels

Newsletter & Publicity – Provide content for web-site, newsletters, flyers and Social Media platforms for promotions and events.

Tech Support – Update and add content for our web-site and Social Media platforms.

Please leave your information below, or contact Howard at (424) 391-6976.

Howard Wenger

Howard Wenger

Marina del Rey Historical Society at Fisherman's Village

Marina del Rey Historical Society at Fisherman's Village

Willie Hjorth and Marina del Rey Historical Society Exhibit at ArtSea

Willie Hjorth and Marina del Rey Historical Society Exhibit at ArtSea


Marina del Rey History via ZOOM!

Marina del Rey Historical Society presented a MARINA DEL REY HISTORY ZOOM event with David Maury, January 13, 2021, hosted by Del Rey Yacht Club (parts 1 and 2): Part 1: https://youtu.be/_ndRdtg3YaU . Part 2: https://youtu.be/uBpKkjrM5bs  

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Christine Rohde

CHRISTINE ‘CRIS’ ROHDE    passed away on September 7, losing her battle with cancer. A longtime Marina del Rey resident and community leader, Ms. Rohde served on the board of directors for Marina del Rey’s Holiday Boat Parade, Marina del Rey Historical Society, Santa...

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Academic intern and researcher Anna Parmalee

This past Fall 2019, Marina del Rey Historical Society welcomed academic intern and researcher Anna Parmelee. Anna had been attending Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, completing her Master of Arts degree in Curatorial and Museum Studies with specific core focus...

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