The purpose of the Huntington Beach CA Historic Resources Board is to encourage and promote programs and activities that enhance public awareness of historic resources. The Historic Resources Board acts as an advisory body to Huntington Beach City Council as well as a liaison to Council for local, state and federal groups and agencies whose interest involves historic issues.

Huntington Beach Historic Resources


The Historic Resources Board was established in 1987 as an eleven member advisory board to Huntington Beach City Council providing guidance and support on matters pertaining to historic issues. The Board advises on issues of preservation of historic, commercial, and residential structures and sites, cooperating with city boards and commissions to insure that historic preservation and services are considered in the planning for future development of the community.  The Historic Resources Board also presents programs reflecting historical aspects of Huntington Beach. Walking Tours of the Downtown Historic Core and the Discovery Well Dedication panel discussion are among the programs organized and presented by the Board.

Ebb & Flow – 100 Years of Huntington Beach

Ebb & Flow – 100 years of Huntington Beach is a decade by decade look at the people and events that made the city a world class destination and a national treasure. Discover the city from its days as a sleepy cattle station in the days of the vaqueros to an industrial boomtown with the sixth largest oil discovery in the world, still pumping today. Marvel at how a city known for the world’s first and still largest international surf competition also built the rocket engine that put men on the moon! Ebb & Flow is an informative, readable tale of the history of Huntington Beach, highlighted with annotated historical photos. Essential reading for anyone who lives in or loves Surf City, USA. Get yours now!  Donation $15 includes shipping (be sure your address is correct-USA only.)  CLICK HERE to order the book.

Walking Tour of Huntington Beach

Take a tour of historical buildings in Huntington Beach.

Thanks to Visit Huntington Beach for printing the tour guides.  Guides are available on the pier
and many other locations.  READ MORE

Historic Photos

Historic Photos of Huntington Beach CA.  CLICK HERE for photos.

History Videos

History of Huntington Beach with photos and narrative.  CLICK HERE

Oral History Project

California State University, Fullerton and its Center for Oral and Public History house a number of oral histories that have been conducted over the years. These oral histories are bound in Huntington Beach: An Oral History of the Early Development of a Southern California Beach Community (California State University, Fullerton), 1980, 215 pp., index, photos. They highlight the city’s early development, pioneer families and life in early Huntington Beach, local politics, the police department, the development of the city’s surf culture among other topics. Additionally, in partnership with Bowers Museum and the Japanese American Council, a number of oral histories were conducted with Huntington Beach’s Japanese American community as part of the Honorable Stephen K. Tamura Orange County Japanese American Oral History Project (1981-1984). The California State University, Long Beach VOAHA II (Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive) also contains a number of digital interviews documenting individuals and their experiences in Huntington Beach.  LEARN MORE

Board Vacancies
In the event a member retires or is unable to complete his term, an appointment shall be made to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. To apply to become a member, please fill out the Boards & Commission Application.

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