Ship models Sovereign of the Seas and a wooden sloop are offered for sale at the Marina del Rey Historical Society Gallery, 13737 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, at Fisherman’s Village.
Sovereign of the Seas and a wooden sloop are ship models offered for sale at Marina del Rey Historical Society Gallery, 13737 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, in Fisherman’s Village.
WELCOME TO MARINA DEL REY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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.
HISTORY PRESERVED; HISTORY REMEMBERED!
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…
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.
Marina del Rey Historical Society at Fisherman's Village
Willie Hjorth and Marina del Rey Historical Society Exhibit at ArtSea
NEWS – EVENTS – MORE
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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MARINA DEL REY HISTORY SLIDE SHOWS FROM OUR COLLECTION:
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Venice beach on the left, the future site of Playa Vista along Ballona Creek, and current Playa del Rey on the right
Venice Peninsula Oilfields in the 1930s. Flooded farmlands were tilled to promote drainage and grow crops.
Highway 1 still runs along the beachfront as the Main Channel is dredged. It will soon be routed around the harbor.
United States Coast Guard Station Marina del Rey under construction. Families drove on empty streets to get to the Pieces of Eight Restaurant where a “peg leg pirate” met you at the door.
Villa del Mar Marina in 1963. Without the docks built out the boaters have the kind of room sailors wish they had today!
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers construct a scale model of Marina del Rey to study wave action after “The Surge”
Temporary Baffles were build in the Marina in 1963 to protect the harbor from further storm damage. Businesses came back and boats went back in the water.
Hughes Aircraft complex with the Pacific Electric Railway (the white arrow) running along a path that would be great to have today to mitigate traffic.
Just up the street from all the construction, the infamous Spruce Goose was build by Howard Hughes in 1944
1969 Fisherman’s Village under construction. The frame of the Marina del Rey “lighthouse” protrudes into its space
Cyrano’s Restaurant under construction. The 2 story building down the street is South Coast Corinthian Yacht club. Its hungry sailors enjoyed the wafts of garlic dinners in the afternoons from Cyranos.
Marina City Club’s first tower and footprint of two more. The walkway along the water leads to Mother’s Beach.
Ground breaking of Burton Chace Park, August 22, 1972. (from the left) Supervisor Burton Chace, Aubrey Austin, Art Will & Victor Adorian
The Helmsman, donated to Burton Chace Park by the Helms Bakery. A beautiful wooden ship’s wheel is a favorite for climbing!
Tall Ships come into the Marina to celebrate special occasions. On this day, a very new Cal 20 sails by.
Special Events for the Marina’s 50th Birthday Celebration including a harbor tour sponsored by the Marina del Rey Historical Society
The brig Irving Johnson and Topsail Schooner Amazing Grace provided a mock battle thrilling all in the area
The work of the Society can continue only with your generosity. Please donate today: