DOWNTOWN — After 25 years of operation, the Santa Monica History Museum remains a treasure trove of historic documents and artifacts to the Westside community.

Opened in 1988 with less than $30,000 to keep it afloat, the museum will host its silver anniversary Gala Dinner celebration at the Casa del Mar Hotel on Sept. 15.

The S.S. Rex, a brainchild of mobster Tony Cornero, floated off the Santa Monica coast in the late 1930s, allowing people to gamble, drink and dance without fear of being arrested. (Photo courtesy Santa Monica History Museum)

The S.S. Rex, a brainchild of mobster Tony Cornero, floated off the Santa Monica coast in the late 1930s, allowing people to gamble, drink and dance without fear of being arrested. (Photo courtesy Santa Monica History Museum)

The theme of the night will be the “Gambling Ship Rex,” a tribute to the vessel that rested in the waters of the Santa Monica Bay in the 1930s.

Writer Larry Balmagia will give a history of the Rex, which at its peak hosted the likes of Clark Gable and other celebrities.

Museum founders Louise and Bob Gabriel, architect Kristina Andresen and Pacific Park CEO Marry Ann Powell are the event’s honorees.

Reservations for the dinner are $150 per person, and each attendee will receive a commemorative History Gazette Newspaper with photographs and details about the history of the museum and the Gambling Ship Rex.

For more information, call (310) 395-2290.

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