Heritage Month Spotlights Town History

A ‘30s era image of Fire Station One on Forest Avenue.
A ‘30s era image of Fire Station One on Forest Avenue.

Laguna Beach celebrates its own history in May with an array of annual Heritage Month festivities organized by city officials, individuals and groups.

On Saturday, May 9, take a free guided tour of historic downtown with Heritage Committee members. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Laguna Beach library, 363 Glenneyre St. Concludes at noon.

Eric Jessen and Mike Boone will lead a forum discussing the city’s 1982 Historic Inventory and the City’s Historic Registry from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, May 11, at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.
On Sunday, May 17, take a free guided walk from noon until 2 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Historic District. Park at Los Trancos parking lot for $15. Meet at bluff top deck near cottage rental office. For info: crystalcovealliance.org. Or step out for Village Laguna’s annual home tour. It sets out from noon to 3 p.m. from the ACT V parking lot in Laguna Canyon.

The fire department’s history, which includes the county’s oldest operating fire station, is the focus of a Laguna Beach Historical Society talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in City Hall. The public is welcome at the free presentation.

And all month visitors are welcome at the Historical Society’s Murphy-Smith House, 278 Ocean Ave., Fridays through Sundays from 1-4 p.m. The 1920 bungalow is exemplary of early Laguna Beach cottages.

Heritage Month activities are also listed on the city’s website. 

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