Dear Members, Friends, and Archivists,

A very Happy New Year to all of you. It’s a very exciting time at the Marina del Rey Historical Society as we not only begin a new year, but start our third decade in the preservation of the Marina’s history.

In 2018, we completed the expansion project of our exhibit space and gift shop in Fisherman’s Village. In 2019, we moved our archives to a new, larger climate-controlled facility in order to organize our historical items for digitization and ultimately, for website retrieval. Although the Marina del Rey Historical Society Gallery has been temporarily closed due the Covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to reopening soon.

MDRHS thanks our archivist intern, Anna Parmelee, who joined us last year and helped us tremendously in organizing our archives and taught us the best solutions in the preservation process. This helped to curate The Dinghy magazines, (the Marina’s first local newspaper) to prepare them for digitization. LA as Subject (LAAS) an umbrella archivist association sponsored by the University of Southern California (USC), acquired a grant to hire three archivists to train interns on the digitization process. They are now digitizing The Dinghy’s for us so that they will be accessible on our website in the near future. With the help of Supervisor Janice Hahn we acquired funding to purchase a flatbed scanner to do digitization in-house which moves us one step closer to opening a research center for public use.

This past February, we hosted a live Marina del Rey history Speaker Series presentation with George Drury Smith, founder of Beyond Baroque and former Associate Publisher at The Argonaut.

Your support in the past has brought us a long way towards preserving the history of Marina del Rey through gathering documents, photographs, and oral histories. Our board of directors recognizes the special need to digitize our archives for ultimate storage and retrieval for public access and research.

This is our fundraising request for 2020. Funding is needed for additional scanning services as well as to upgrade our website.

Your donations have been critical in the past, to fund our efforts to bring reality to our preservation goals, to enhance community pride, and to increase public awareness of Marina del Rey. You may donate online at the bottom of this page.  

With sincerest appreciation for your support,

Howard Wenger, President
, Marina del Rey Historical Society

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


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