For the Record

Rendering of For the Record installation, courtesy We Are the Next.

See history before your eyes — and under your feet!

Thanks in part to your generous donations, For the Record will launch on November 18, 2019! This interactive timeline takes history to the streets, telling overlooked stories of the heritage that surrounds us.
Volunteers will install the timeline this weekend, and Councilman Rex Richardson will officially kick it off on Monday. All events meet at Jordan High School (main entrance gate), 6500 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805. No pre-registration is required. 


Sat., Nov. 16, 3pm
Volunteers welcome!

Kickoff Event

with Councilman Rex Richardson
Mon., Nov. 18, 4pm

Guided Tour

Sun., Jan 26, 3pm

For the Record is a placemaking project created in partnership with lead organization We Are The Next and other community leaders to help broaden the story told about North Long Beach by highlighting lesser known events and people who have shaped the city and neighborhood. A series of decals along Atlantic Avenue, between the Michelle Obama Library and Jordan High School, will reach as far back as 1784 to tell the history through an interactive timeline.
By engaging with the North Long Beach community in the places and spaces they frequent every day, For the Record seeks to empower local residents with knowledge of the history that surrounds them. Every weekday, hundreds of local teens walk this path. They will be exposed to the history of their city and discover the place they call home. Though the area has not traditionally participated in mainstream types of historic recognition, such as designating buildings as historic landmarks, this project looks to instill preservation values within the community through a fresh approach. 
You can visit For the Record’s digital home at to learn more.