All General Info. Contact PAT JAMES, Pres.: email@example.com or (619) 226-8125. Archive DonationsOnlyContact: Archivist Mary Allely(619) 223-7784
The OBHS ARCHIVES preserve the history of Ocean Beach and the peninsula. The collection includes: Photos, maps, books, papers, newspapers, letters & artifacts. Also, an extensive biography index and 1926 to 1984 San Diego City Directories which list people, their spouses & occupations. Residents are also listed by street address. Dedicated volunteers assist with the processing. Archive Donations Welcome- Many people believe that their lives are of no interest to others, but they are! Unfortunately, photographs, house plans, business & organization records, and family papers end up in the trash after a death in the family… photographs depicting people, their activities & customs, homes & buildings, and dress. Some O.B. buildings vanish or functions change almost overnight. The cliffs erode and scenery changes. OBHS Archives provide an invaluable window into O.B.’s past.
When donating photos please date, identify the people and places. Reluctant to give up original photos or papers? The Archive’s staff would be happy to safely copy and return items to you with your permission to use the materials.
Preservation work often needs support & supplies. Gifts may be donated at OBHS meetings. OBHS is a 501 (C) 3 Non-profit, donations of items & cash May Be Tax Deductible. Thank you to all that donated to the Archives and/or the Ocean Beach book published by Arcadia Publishing – release date April 2014.
1887 OB MAP — Makes a Perfect Gift!
The Ocean Beach Historical Society is excited about this amazing find of an 1887 Ocean Beach map. OBHS is offering high quality 18 x 24 inch full-color posters of this historical map. The original hand-drawn map with lovely calligraphy shows the old street names, the railroad lines and the Cliff House Hotel site. The locations and names of the beaches, coves, rock formations, sand dunes and the fresh water springs are labeled. The map’s natural aging, torn edges and stains gives it a wonderful pirate-map quality that transports you back in time when the founder’s vision for Ocean Beach was first being developed.
1887 Map Posters $20 ea. (includes tax).
Proceeds go to the Ocean Beach Historical Society a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Available at O.B. Locations: OBHS Events/Programs, The Green Store, OBMA and the Newport Avenue Antique Center
OBHS Presented: Landscapes Rediscovered by John DeBeck—Nov. 21st. John DeBeck, former long-time School Board Member presented a program on the recovered San Diego Unified School District art collection, an extraordinary project he accomplished that benefits historians, school children and all San Diegans. When serving on the School Board, John found out that the district owned a significant amount of W.P.A. and donated art that had gone missing or was set aside. These works, approximately 100 canvasses of landscapes, seascapes and people (many of children), were unseen by the public for decades. These include depression-era paintings from acclaimed San Diego artists Charles Reiffel and Maurice Braun, including landscapes of Point Loma. This rediscovered art was brought back to the public… but sadly we learned much is still missing or deteriorating because of lack of funding and interest in restoring the art.
The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents: San Diego Yesterday
Featuring Richard Crawford, Thurs., Oct. 17th at 7PM at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
San Diego today is a vibrant and bustling coastal city, but it wasn’t always so. The city’s transformation from a rough-hewn border town and frontier port to a vital military center was marked by growing pains and political clashes. Civic highs and criminal lows have defined San Diego’s rise through the 19th and 20th centuries into a preeminent Sun Belt city. Historian Crawford recalls significant events and one-of-a-kind characters that laid the foundation for the San Diego that we know today. Richard Crawford is the Supervisor of Special Collections at the San Diego Public Library. He is the former archives director at the San Diego Historical Society, where he also edited the Journal of San Diego History.
Our Sept. 19, 2013 program “The Incredible and Mysterious Hidden Past of San Diego County” was very informative and interesting. Noted anthropologist and historian Richard L. Carrico lectured on the hidden past and mysteries of ancient San Diego County. Richard took the audience back thousands of years to explore a people and a land that few know about. Richard delve into possible meanings of prehistoric rock paintings (pictographs) and carvings (petroglyphs) that dot our landscape, he discussed Kumeyaay knowledge of our vast universe, explore Kumeyaay pharmacology as shown through native plant use, detail the ancient roots of Indian gaming in the region, and explain how at least one local Kumeyaay holy man got the best of the Christian devil. He spoke on how Indians cured and treated some common ailments, or how some of our mountains were formed, how the pine trees moved from the coast to the Cuyamacas, or the Kumeyaay name of Ocean Beach, Mission Valley, and San Diego, and how Kumeyaay made pigments. If you missed this facinating program or want more infonation: http://www.rockhilllearning.com
The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presented San Diego’s Waterfront Through the Eyes of a Child Featuring Jim Bregante August 15th
We learned so much as we stepped back in time with Jim Bregante’s historical presentation of San Diego’s Waterfront and Little Italy. We took a historical journey along the waterfront and Little Italy, from the 1930’s to present, narrated by Jim Bregante, a native San Diegan. An experienced speaker, Jim is a Docent for the San Diego Maritime Museum, a member of the San Diego History Center and the Italian Historical Society of San Diego. Jim shared his experience of growing up in Little Italy, near all the vibrant waterfront life, via a PowerPoint presentation with pictures from historical and family archives…. Depicting his family’s start in the fishing industry, his experiences on the waterfront as a youth and life in Little Italy; Jim’s memories were shared and treasured to our group.
Wow what a program July 18th, 2013…and an what amazing lady that Carol Sing is! Inspiring and funny video clips filled the night.
In the tradition of Florence Chadwick, champion swimmer Carol Sing spent her formative years in Ocean
Beach. Living blocks from the beach gave her a love for the ocean, having a positive lifelong role in her life.
Since the 1960’s, Carol spent the next 25 years raising her family at Mt. Helix. However, her mom and two
brothers still lived in O.B. She continued her swim skills by coaching, lifeguarding and teaching water exercise
Later, struggling with an empty nest and the death of her mom, Carol went back to the solace of the ocean.
Great joy came into her life by swimming with La Jolla Cove Swim Club. She also started on her long distance
journey to channel swimming, which in 1999 enabled her at age 57 to become the oldest women in the world to
swim the English Channel. An amazing achievement when you hear the tale!
of the Ocean Beach Historical Society is to research,
collect, preserve, and make available to the public all information,
artifacts, art and memorabilia related to the history of Ocean Beach.