Gerrie Schipske will discuss the natural assets, the people, and the events that shaped the first fifty years of history in Long Beach, California, her native city. She will cover its residents, from the Tongva people to the Spanish, to real estate speculators; its history as a resort area, a landing strip for early aviators, a fishing industry site, a port for shipbuilding and trade, and a location for the United States Navy to anchor its battle fleet in 1919; the discovery of oil in 1921; and its role in the Southern California war effort after 1938. Schipske serves on the Long Beach City Council and is the author of Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach and Early Aviation in Long Beach.
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