Member of the Month: Hermosa Beach Historical Society

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May 01, 2017
Hermosa Beach Historical Society
Member of the Month

Q & A with Curator & Manager Bradley Peacock

How long have you been a Chamber member?
We have been with the Chamber for 30 years.

When did your organization start?
Our organization started in 1987 at Bunny Seawright's home. 

What is your organization all about?
Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and interpret historical memorabilia and other materials about the history of the City of Hermosa Beach. The collection is extended to the public as a source of delight, illumination and lifelong learning.

What makes your organization unique?
We preserve the legacy of our city's history and culture through innovative exhibits, educational programming, and the preservation of objects and manuscripts.

How many people are members of your organization?
We have 388 lifetime and general members. We are always looking for new members and volunteers. 

How has your organization changed since it started?
The historical society went from a small group of inspired locals to a museum and archives at the city's community center with a professional curator on staff. Our popular Happy Hour with History has generated a buzz around town.

What are the plans for your organization's future?
The Hermosa Beach Museum envisions a new interpretive center for the community and visitors with updated exhibits that reflect the community of Hermosa and the South Bay. 
We also will expand educational programs through public lectures, tours, growth in docent and volunteer programs, and classroom programs for local schools, organization, and the general public. Last but not least, we plan to grow the archives and museum collections with increased access to collections for the public and expansion of digital collections.

What is your most memorable moment with this organization?
Most recently, the Historical Society invited John Grannis to present at our Happy Hour with History to share stories about his father, LeRoy Grannis. As a gift, the Historical Society gave a large photo print of the "Grannis Heart" honoring John's father. 

What’s the best thing about having an organization in this area?
The community! The historical society came together to preserve our history and the community of Hermosa has shown a passion for the museum and its goals. 

What trends or insights are you finding in your field or market?
There are a lot of trends in the museum field. But truly, museums are about connecting with individuals and the community. We want our museum to reflect the Hermosa community and provide a place to share in our history.

What do you enjoy most about being a Hermosa Beach Chamber member?
Being about our community and working together. 

How do you like to spend your time when you're in Hermosa Beach?
Meeting with people and hearing the stories about life in Hermosa.
Hermosa Beach Historical Society
710 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

*The Hermosa Beach Chamber's Member of the Month is selected every month at our Networking Luncheon. We randomly draw the name of one lucky Chamber member and feature that business in our Member Spotlight in special eblasts and posts to our social media pages. You could be next!