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Photo book covers 100 years of Laguna Beach history
By Chris Caesar   - 03/26/2009

The Orange County Register

More Info on This Book: Laguna Beach

Local film student Claire Marie Vogel may be finishing her degree at California Institute of the Arts this spring, but her first major release won't be on the big screen.

Instead, the resident has authored a photographic history of Laguna Beach, incorporating more than 500 photos from the Historical Society, library and residents with ties to the city's past.

The book, from Arcadia Publishing, is one of several in a series chronicling local histories throughout the United States.

"I moved around a lot as a child, but I moved to Laguna when I was a junior in high school," Vogel said. "I consider it my hometown."

Spanning a hundred-year period between the late 19th and 20th centuries, "Laguna Beach" offers residents a surprising look at the city's earliest days as an art colony through the late 1970s.

Vogel said many of the pictures of late-19th-century Laguna impressed her especially the book's opening photograph of families camping outside Main Beach in the 1870s.

"The city has tried hard to maintain its feel, but, of course, things have changed," she said.

On the other hand, some things remain the same the city, sometimes called the "Riviera of America, always has provided a cool bubble of protection from inland heat.

Vogel also plans to write a book on the history of Cal Arts.

"It's a great school and people have heard of it," she said. "But not many know its story."

Vogel will sign copies of "Laguna Beach" on April 7 at Latitude 33 Bookshop, 311 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach.

Buy It Now: Laguna Beach $21.99




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