The Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society was founded in 1980 with a mission to educate the public about Long Beach and to preserve and enhance the city's architectural and historical heritage. The Society has been granted a permanent charter by the New York State Department of Education and U.S. Department of the Interior National Register status for its museum.
As a not for profit all-volunteer organization, funds for the activities are largely obtained through annual fundraisers, membership dues, contributions, occasional grants and its museum gift shop. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees each of whom is elected to serve three-year terms. Trustees are directly involved in all aspects of the daily operations of the Society including maintenance of the museum property.
In pursuit of its mission, the Society serves as the guardian of thousands of pieces of Long Beach history for which it maintains an archive and repository. The archived documents, pictures, artifacts and memorabilia are made available to the public through themed exhibitions, as well as for research purposes. In addition, the Society conducts docent-guided house tours and neighborhood walks to highlight the city's historic architecture. Local history tours and activities are provided for elementary school children, teachers and alumni reunion groups. The Long Beach City Historian is the Society's founder and a lifetime trustee. Along with other trustees she conducts classes and discussion groups for members and the general public.
The Society publishes Heritage, its quarterly newsletter, to further its mission to accurately disseminate the history of its unique city. It also publishes and distributes essay brochures and pamphlets on the historical development of Long Beach.