Newport Beach Historical Society
Newport Beach Historical Society

Growing from a rough and tumble port town to an international luxury resort, Newport Beach is a place of many legends. The Newport Beach Historical Society proudly introduces Project HiStory. You are cordially invited to share your best memories from any time in our colorful history. Together, we will establish and treasure all that makes Newport great.
To submit your anecdote or story, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday October 14, 2015

In our new newsletter, we offer some great stories to read of old Newport. CLICK HERE. Find an easy way to get a copy of NAUGHTY NEWPORT, the classic, insightful and hilarious book by Judge Robert Gardner. Naughty Newport is a publication of the NBHS.


    Click Here to see Dr. Soiland award the two time Nobel Prize winner! Albert Soiland was a father of early Newport Harbor and Balboa, in fact and in spirit. He founded Newport Harbor Yacht Club.


      Dear Sons and Daughters of Newport, Let’s build a smart future organization to serve our past…

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        Acclaimed author Kimball Livingston is working on a new book, gathering memories and material for a new biography. Can you help? Albert Soiland was a father of early Newport Harbor and Balboa, in fact and in spirit. He founded Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

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          Naughty Newport by Judge Robert Gardner is available now! “Naughty Newport” is his wild, new sequel to “Bawdy Balboa.” Judge Robert Gardner takes us on a jaunty romp through the early years of Newport Beach, California, featuring crusaders and con men, surfers and sots. CLICK HERE to buy a copy.

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            CLICK HERE for a free download of a great Oral History by Phil Tozer. “The Life and Times of a Self-Described Beach Bum and Commercial/Sport Fisherman of Newport Beach, CA.”

            Author Stephen O’Neil has captured some valuable history and great stories from the man who once owned the Pavilion. CLICK HERE.


              Tom Duncan is producing a documentary film about the story of surf music titled “Sound Of The Surf”. Dick Dale, the Rendezvous Ballroom and Newport Beach play a large part of the film. We are seeking additional photographs, home movies, newspaper clippings etc related to the topic. We could use pictures of…

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                G.V. Johnson (1845-1928) left his MN boat building in the late 1800s, went to Seattle to continue and ended up in Newport Beach in the 1920s, building boats with his son, Marcus J. Johnson (1872-1950) and grandson, Kenneth M. Johnson (1903 – ?).

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                  NAUGHTY NEWPORT !!!

                  The Newport Beach Historical Society Press has just published the sequel to Judge Robert Gardner's Bawdy Balboa. Naughty Newport is a classic.
                  Click Here for the many ways to buy a copy!

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                  SOME GREAT LINKS

                  Newport Beach Before It Became The OC

                  Orange County Historical Society

                  Balboa Island Museum

                  Costa Mesa Historical Society

                  Santa Ana History

                  Tales Of Balboa

                  Balboa Island Life

                  Newport Harbor Nautical Museum