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Bill Grundy, founder of NBHS, worked with an active group of members to preserve the history of Newport Beach.  Historical markers that have been placed throughout the city and informative dinner lectures have provided a platform for descendants and interested parties to appreciate our rich heritage.


The first priority for NBHS is to preserve the living past of Newport Beach. The newest program entitle, Project History, is designed to capture the real essence and spirit of Newport Beach.  We invite everyone to share their tales, impressions, and memories of (old and new) Newport.

The second priority is to establish a repository of  historical documents, photographs, films, and memorabilia. We must develop an advanced system to catalogue and preserve these materials. To achieve the goal of establishing a repository of  historical documents, we have recently established a 501c3 designation for NBHS so that all donations will now be tax deductible.

For the first time in our 51 year history, a temporary small museum space has been donated and is located at the Balboa Peninsula Library. All staff members will be volunteers. We are asking the citizens of Newport Beach and other interested parties to assist us with this endeavor. We also seek a permanent location for our history collection and offices and are looking for a possible donor to provide this space. We are also working with Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar to assist us in collecting items for our collection of Newport Beach historical items.

The history of Newport Beach is dynamic. Our internationally known city has been a vital crossroad in so many fields; aerospace, politics, Hollywood, sports and business. We have much for which to be proud and stories to tell.

We have a great respect for the past; and we are dedicated to recording the present, as it reflects the past for future generations. Our rich heritage springs from a variety of  talented people and achievements.  We invite you to join us and help preserve and promote our wonderful city and its people.

Bernie Svalstad


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