On February 21, 1954, the Susan B. Anthony Chapter, NSDAR, was organized in Long Beach, California. Opal Simpson was the organizing regent. Meetings in the early years were held at either the Lafayette Hotel or the Pacific Club in Long Beach.
The chapter has been involved in many activities during its sixty-plus years. The chapter participated in flag-burning ceremonies with the Boy Scouts. The chapter planted trees, trees, and more trees. Trees were planted through Pennies for Pines. Over fifty trees were planted in Marina Vista Park, many of which are still alive. An elm tree was replaced in Signal Hill Park. One of the chapter’s favorite projects is the bingo game held every year at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital.
Chapter programs have dealt with various issues which were prevalent at the time, some of which still are. Topics included atomic survival for the housewife, emergency rescue of animals, identity theft, Hobby City Doll House Museum, American Indians, Spanish in America versus our English heritage, youth authority, and senior driving.
The chapter has strived to maintain the history of the Long Beach area by placing historical markers. The first historical marker placed by the chapter in 1962 was the Willow Street School; the first district school organized in Long Beach. In November of 1972, the chapter placed a marker at the Point Fermin Lighthouse; one of the only surviving lighthouses from its day.