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The Seal Beach Centennial History Committee

June 19, 2014

Met with the Seal Beach Centennial history committee yesterday. What a colorful bunch! We’re busy working on all sorts of historical events and activities for 2015. Check back here for more centennial news and announcements over the next few months. – Slick D. Seal

Slick and the Centennial History Committee at the Mary Wilson Library Senior Center on 6/28/24

Slick and the Centennial History Committee at the Mary Wilson Library Senior Center on 6/28/24

Meet Larry Strawther, Author of Seal Beach: A Brief History

April 25, 2014

Seal Beach Historical Society Meeting

Date: 4/27/14

Time: 2 pm

Where: Mary Wilson Library  707 Electric Avenue  Seal Beach, CA

Writer Larry Strawther will discuss his new book, Seal Beach: A Brief History.

This event is free and refreshments will be served.


Slick The Seal Recommends A Beach Read

April 19, 2014

 If all our the posts on Seal Beach’s past have whetted your appetite for more local history, boy, are you in for a treat. History Press just released local historian and author Larry Strawther’s latest book, Seal Beach: A Brief History and it is a must-read for anyone interested in Seal Beach’s past.

HistPr - Seal Beach front cover
Now some of you may be saying, “Slick, aren’t there already two books on Seal Beach history? Some cities get along just fine with only one history book. Why the heck do we need another one?”

This is just the opinion of one aquatic mammal, but what makes this new book so special and unique is the depth of the research. Strawther has uncovered information that no one has seen before.  Within 208 pages, Seal Beach: A Brief History provides a comprehensive look at Anaheim Landing, Philip Stanton, The Joy Zone, gambling on Main Street and much more. Even if you fancy yourself a Seal Beach expert, you will discover colorful tidbits about the city you never knew.


You can buy Seal Beach: A Brief History directly from the author at (His earlier book, A Brief History of Los Alamitos & Rossmoor is also available.)

You can also join the Facebook page for the book at where Larry has been posting some great photos and historical tidbits. Tell Larry Slick sent you.








Seal Beach Lions Images Needed!

March 2, 2014


The Seal Beach Lions Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The Lions are seeking images from their early years or of the much-beloved Dr. Homer DeSadeleer, who was a Lions member for forty-eight years. If you have any old Lions pictures, they would appreciate you’re sharing them with the club.

While The Lions will gladly welcome any scanned historical Lion images or photographs throughout the year, they especially need some for the next meeting by March 7th.

Please e-mail with scanned images and/or information on leads for more photos. We’ll forward them to the Lions Club.

Volunteers Needed for 2015 City Centennial Celebration

February 7, 2014
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In 2015 the City of Seal Beach will celebrate its Centennial. The City will incorporate designated ongoing annual events and unique special events into its celebration, in partnership with community organizations, businesses, schools, and more. The City will also be developing history projects that will share Seal Beach’s story over the last 100 years. This is a great opportunity for you to become involved in the planning of our City’s 100-year birthday, and to be an active participant in the festivities!
Be a part of the team helping to plan Centennial events and history projects, raise community awareness, and seek financial support. Join one of the following committees and bring your ideas and talents to the team!
  • Celebrations – help plan our special events
  • History – plan our history projects
  • Marketing – help promote and publicize the Centennial
  • Merchandise – help design and sell merchandise
  • Fundraising – raise funds and solicit sponsors for Centennial events
Those interested are asked to contact Administrative Manager Patrick Gallegos at (562) 431-2527 ext. 1308 or email at no later than February 14, 2014.

A New Seal Beach History Blog And More

October 21, 2013

We’re busy working on the historical slide show for Sunday night, but if you’re jonesing  for more local history right now, there are a couple blogs that will sate your appetite for more about the bygone days of Seal Beach.

#69 - 8/19/1914

The first link we want to share is to a fantastic new historical blog, The “Sealing” of Seal Beach by local historian and writer, Claudia Burnett. The blog focuses on the promotional push to build up interest in replacing the generic Bay City moniker with a more romantic and fun “Seal Beach” to enhance its image as an exciting resort city. The most delightful highlight of The “Sealing” of Seal Beach is all the wonderful Seal Beach ads featuring cartoon seals and over-top ad copy marketing Seal Beach as “Where Your Dreams Come True.”

Click here if you want some great insights into the efforts that lead up to the official incorporation of Seal Beach as a new city in October 1915, you couldn’t find a better place to start.

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Natalie & Jeremy of The Sunshine Grove

Click here to see a July 2013 post about Anaheim Landing by Natalie Sanchez on her Sunshine Grove blog. Her post includes some contemporary and historical photos of Anaheim Landing.

That’s all for now. Hope to see you on Sunday!


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