Sunday, October 11, 2009

Laguna Beach Historical Society Program Monday October 19th "Growing Up in Laguna During the Great Depression" by Peter Kaye

See Photo Main Beach Pier destroyed in 1939 by so-called hurricane and photo of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Laguna July 16 1938
The next Laguna Beach Historical Society program will be Monday, October 19th "Growing Up in Laguna During the Great Depression" by Peter Kaye. The program is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers which is at 505 Forest Avenue. The public is invited and there is no charge.

Peter Kaye, author of the book Contrarian, will read and expand upon portions of his book Contrarian with special emphasis on President Franklin D. Roosevelt's stopover in Laguna Beach in 1938, the hurricane of 1939 and how Laguna Beach reacted to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Peter Kaye is former newspaper reporter, television producer and commentator, campaign aide and participant in sixteen national political conventions, Kaye has released Contrarian, a fast-paced memoir detailing his fifty-five years in politics and reporting.

The Laguna Beach Historical Society has a new web site to view historic photographs at For those having treasured historic photographs or printed material, the Historical Society is happy to scan them electronically and return them to the owners. This way there will be a record preserved for future generations without the necessity for the owners to relinquish the item. Viewers are invited to leave comments to help the Society better identify or date the photographs. At the web site, prints can also be purchase; for example an 8” by 10" glossy for $6.97 plus tax and shipping.

Questions on photographs or Laguna Beach history are invited to be sent to

Step back into 1920s Laguna by visiting the Laguna Beach Historical Society Murphy-Smith Bungalow which located at 278 Ocean Avenue and which is opened to the public at no-charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors to the Murphy-Smith Bungalow and should call 939-7257.

Those interested in supporting and joining the Laguna Beach Historical Society should send $15 per individual, $25 per household or $50 per business/organization to 278 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach CA 92651. The Laguna Beach Historical Society is a section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #33-0519882.



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