Give a gift of history…

From the past to the present, these books and photographs are the perfect complement for anyone whose heart remains forever entwined with Manhattan Beach, California. The area's rich history is a treasure in itself – and these books provide a glimpse into the unique story of this well-loved community.


Jan Dennis also has over 1,500 historical images of Manhattan Beach, copies are available for purchase.More Information

Over the past 100 years, women have made a tremendous impact on the community of Manhattan Beach. This 200 page, coffee table book provides a true portrait of the women whose talents, dedication and activities transformed the role of the female both professionally and politically that defied all traditional thinking. This volume is a tribute to the women of the past and present, who worked tirelessly to establish the family-oriented community that Manhattan Beach remains today.
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The architectural history of Manhattan Beach is one to admire – rising from an area of sand dunes into the thriving and progressive community it is today. This 200 page, coffee table book showcases the evolution of the structural design and construction history of an area from shifting sands, to a beachside community, to a dressed-up city that was able to keep its small-town feel and family-oriented ambiance along the way.
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In its infancy, Manhattan Beach was merely an expanse of sand dunes extending from the shores of Santa Monica bay inland to what is now Pacific Avenue. This fascinating, 200 page coffee table book, guides you from the founding and development of the area as it grew into a bustling city of the 1950s. Over 250 photographs and maps are featured in this volume – some of which are reproduced for the first time.
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This book captures the development, expansion and transition of the area from a tranquil, sand dune covered beach into the city Manhattan Beach is today. Featuring over 200 vintage images, this 6½ x 9¼ soft cover book showcases the early settlers, businesses and homes that established the city's thriving heartbeat that remains beating loudly at present.
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In many ways, the Manhattan Beach Pier is a beacon among the beach cities, welcoming its guests to wander along its cement peninsula above the Pacific Ocean. This 6½ x 9¼ soft cover book illustrates the pier's diverse history, shares important and little-known facts as well as amazing photos from its inception, reconstruction and current state. The pier has been storm-ravaged, rebulit and restored, used for recreation, world-class sporting events and has hosted many celebrity visitors. The pier, remains one of LA County's most notable coastal attractions.
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When Manhattan Beach was founded in the late 1800s, there was little need for law enforcement. As time progressed, the needs of the community changed – with more people and increased city development, the area needed protection and security for its residents and guests. This 6½ x 9¼ soft cover book uncovers a century of social change and dramatic episodes that challenged the dedicated and honorable women and men in law enforcement.
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Celebrate Manhattan Beach's Centennial and a gift of history! Visions of the Past, Manhattan Beach Historical Playing Cards. A special boxed edition featuring a historical photograph on each card with a related fact sheet for each suit. It makes an ideal gift and treasured keepsake.
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An isolated ocean-view village on the dunes above South Santa Monica Bay, Manhattan Beach grew with the arrival of railroads. This quaint, upscale jewel of the Los Angeles County coast has been known for its cottage-style living, the Metlox Pottery Company and the iconic pier. These diverse stories mix the city's controversies, including the still unsolved 1936 murder of Reid Russell, with true tales of pioneering women, controversial politics and the vicissitudes of seaside city development. Join author Jan Dennis, a former Manhattan Beach city mayor, on this illuminating tour through the issues and eras of her beloved city's history.
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This captivating journey by Jan Dennis tells the story of the development of El Camino Real, later to become Sepulveda Boulevard, the oldest highway in Manhattan Beach. This volume is a portrayal through photographs and text of the dramatic transformation of a dusty trail to a highly congested corridor.
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You may also purchase these books at the following local locations:

Pages Bookstore
904 Manhattan Ave.,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 318-0900

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