Schools and Libraries
December 18, 2013
In cooperation with the Long Beach School District's 100-Year Committee, a group of Long Beach High School International Baccalaureate diploma candidates have embarked on a research and learning adventure to discover more about local figures of historical significance.
Making use of the extensive archives of the Long Beach Public Library, the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society and their own school library, students have been poring over old yearbooks, newspaper clippings and photographs to piece together biographies of some of the most influential founders and leaders of the City of Long Beach. Students have been paying special attention to those who have played a critical role in local politics, cultural affairs, business and education. Part of their directive has been to reach beyond the most obvious choices and try to unearth information about influential people who may have been forgotten over time.
After selecting and researching a historical figure that piques their curiosity, the participants will write persuasive arguments, presenting their research in the form of a 100-year anniversary pamphlet, which will serve as a historical document commemorating the event.