Long Beach Historical Society: Cemetery Tour

Saving Poly: Turbulent Times with Mary Dell Butler and Elizabeth Wallace

The 1960s and '70s were tumultuous times filled with riots and violence rooted in racial tension, and schools weren't shielded from the unrest. Mary Dell Butler and Elizabeth Wallace were two Poly High School mothers who set out to do what people thought couldn't be done - they saved the school.

Please join us as actors 'Phie Mura and Angela Watson of the Long Beach Playhouse bring to life the story of two women who committed themselves to saving Poly despite calls to "tear it down" at the Historical Cemetery Tour on Oct. 28!

Can't wait until the tour? Visit the HSLB bookstore and check out the Making a Difference series which celebrates Mary Dell Butler and the accomplishments of other local women.

From the Video Vault: The Case of the Missing Mausoleum

While we won't have an in-person visit from William Hanna Austin at the Historical Cemetery Tour this year, we'll still be dissecting what we do know about his missing mausoleum, designed by his son Horace Austin. Architectural historian Louise Ivers will discuss the disappearance of Horace Austin's mausoleum, the Heartwell mausoleum, and other structures he designed from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Click the image below to watch the video, or click here.


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