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.

Monday December 22, 2014

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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