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We’re Looking for a Few Good Stories

September 16, 2014

Seal Beach is having their Centennial Celebration in 2015.


Do you have a story of Seal Beach and would you like to share that memory?  Funny, sad or scandalous, we would like to hear it.  Video taping done by Margy Arthur and Libby Appelgate in your home, by the pier or favorite park setting.

Please submit your name, e-mail or phone number and we will contact you.

Libby Appelgate
Vice Chair
History Committee

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.

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