Day in Long Beach: Pow Wow and Firefighter's Museum

  • March 8, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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Please Note: Read the directions carefully BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This event is two parts: we visit the Pow Wow at Cal State Long Beach at 12:30 PM. At 2 PM we will head over to the Firefighter's Museum.

3) When you arrive at the Pow Wow grounds, call me at:[masked]-4099. Do not text me.

4) Enter the Cal State Long Beach campus from 7th St., Atherton, Bellflower Blvd., or Palo Verde Ave. and follow directional signs to park in Lot 14 for General Parking. 

5) Print out this map of where the Pow Wow is located in the college campus: http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/students/sld/american_indian_services/pow_wow/documents/PowWowCampusMap.pdf

6) If you want to sample Native American cuisine, there will be food vendors present at the Pow Wow, but you'll need to bring cash to pay them.

7) Its very important that we arrive at 12:30 PM because the Grand Entry ceremony begins at 1 PM, and that is something we do not want to miss out on.

Last year I took the group to Indio to witness our very 1st Pow Wow and the experience was amazing. There is something enthralling and even primal watching hundreds of Native Americans in full ceremonial regalia, chanting and dancing. and celebrating their culture. I found out Cal State Long Beach also hosts a Pow Wow in March, so I want to check it out. Afterward, we will visit Long Beach's Firefighter Museum which is only open the 2nd Saturday of each month.

From CSULB's website:

"California State University, Long Beach’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the campus’ central quad on March. The largest spring event of its kind in Southern California, the Pow Wow at Cal State Long Beach is focused on displaying the university’s strong American Indian presence. Admission and parking are free. We strongly recommend spectators to bring folding chairs.

The two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food. 

Native foods such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art."

Second Stop: Long Beach Firefighters Museum

1445 Peterson Ave. Long Beach CA. 90813

From their website:

"Nothing could be said about our museum without first recognizing the efforts of our founder Herb Bramley.  Herb started his career with the Long Beach Fire Department on April 1, 1946 and early on he had the vision to someday preserve the rich history of the Long Beach Fire Department in a place for firefighters and the public to visit.  Herb has always had a high degree of dedication and has been involved with the Long Beach Fire Department in several capacities: as a firefighter, Credit Union founder/manager, and as the founder of our museum.  The Long beach Fire Department was first formed in 1897 making the department 110 years old.  Herb Bramley has been an important part of the Long Beach Fire Department history for over 60 years and still makes VERY important contributions today.

The mission of our museum is to collect, preserve, and display the deeply rich history of the Long Beach Fire Department.  Our collection has grown over time from little more than an idea and one old fire truck to a collection that can show the evolution of fire fighting in the City of Long Beach and the fire service.  Early in American history there was no organized fire protection; the only form of fire protection were leather buckets that every home was required “by law” to have.  Our collection begins with these buckets and transitions to equipment for carrying tools, hoses, and ladders that were pulled by volunteer firemen running through the streets of Long Beach.  Next we show two examples of horse drawn apparatus that very closely resembles the first two horse drawn apparatus that the Long Beach Fire Department purchased in 1906.  We have our 1907 Amoskeag Steam engine displayed so we can demonstrate how the machinery of the steam engine works without building a fire in the boiler.  We have managed to add to the collection over the years to include 10 vehicles used by the Long Beach Fire Department from a 1901 hand pulled hose cart to a 1965 Mack fire truck; and 5 apparatus that match ones the Long Beach Fire Department once used.

The museum is completely staffed by dedicated volunteers who come from all walks of life; students, civilian, retired civilians, and retired Long Beach firefighters. We have tracked our volunteer hours over the past few years and recently logged over 600 hours for December of 2006. We feel that it is important to get out into the community; we do this by taking apparatus to community events like safety fairs, school carnivals, fire department static displays, and driving in local parades.  Our museum is very proud that schools, summer youth programs and the YMCA have sent field trips to visit us.  Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital have also sent patients for recreation field trips.  Over the years the museum has had nothing less than complete support from every Fire Chief, administration, and both the civilian and safety members of the department.  When the museum was still young we started a program to raise funds by recycling aluminum cans and with your help this has grown to become a significant source of revenue for us; payroll deduction has also grown into a good source of income  In short the success of the museum has some to do with the volunteer staff and mostly to do with all the support that we receive from everyone.  From the staff we say thank you."


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  • Gwenny

    Hiya Robert + all, thx for setting this fun day of visual & historical learning in/near our very own backyard. Sry for delay photo uploads & reply but my Android's DropBox was acting up. Thankfully figured it out to add to this beautiful album u guys already posted w/so many wonderful snapshots.

    Even though a small handful of PoWow attendees/vendors were not too kind ab/picture taking there was so much beauty to enjoy. Luckily we didn't hafta stay long, once the drum beat procession was over & the actual midday heat starts beating on us! ;-)

    My personal fave was the fire station visit w/vintage fire wagons & dutiful volunteers/mechanics who were so friendly & knowledgeable on all things Long Beach Fire Dept.cherish. Truly struck to the heart of my inner kid who missed out on some fascinating field trips like this.

    Again, mucho sweet + deepest gratitude for weaving this eventful day altogether. Til the next one, keep rock'n awesome Robert & group, cheers! =}

    March 18, 2014

  • Gwenny

    Awesome Robert! ...what an interesting mix! Native American Indians + LBC Firefighters = how patriotically cool! ;-) Hope 2b there esp.since so in our 'hood! :-D

    February 21, 2014

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