1887 OB MAP Color Poster Availble NOW!

OB-1887-Map-smThe OBHS historical 1887 OB MAP posters shows lovely calligraphy, old street names, railroad lines, beaches, rock formations, sand dunes and springs. The map’s natural aging gives it a wonderful pirate-map quality that transports you back in time. Map Posters $20 ea. Proceeds go to the Ocean Beach Historical Society a 501(c)(3) non-profit org. Available at: OBHS Events/Programs, The Green Store, John Baker Picture Frames, OBMA and the Newport Avenue Antique Center


Mary-Allely-2014smOBHS ARCHIVES preserve the history of O.B. and P.L. We need: Historical Photos, Items, Cash & Archival Supplies, Documentation & Interviews
All General Info. Contact PAT JAMES, Pres.  pjinob@gmail.com or (619)226-8125. Archive Donations Only Contact Archivist Mary Allely (619)223-7784
Gifts may be donated at OBHS meetings. OBHS is a 501 (C) 3 Non-profit, donations of items & cash May Be Tax Deductible. (See Archive Page for more info.)

Fri., May 16, 2014— 20th Annual OB EXPOSED!

Steve Rowell

Steve Rowell

Join us and Be a Part of the 20th Annual OB EXPOSED!
Photographic Impressions of Ocean Beach & Point Loma
Fri., May 16th at 6 PM-8:30 PM at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
Featuring Wonderland Series Documentarian Noah Tafolla
• A photo exhibit & contest open to all levels and ages.
• Photos must be taken in Ocean Beach or Point Loma
• Old photos, new photos, color or black & white… any mounted photo

Winning categories are:
Best in Show, Best Color, Best Black & White, Best Vintage (historic), Best “Special Effects”,
Best Child’s Under age 16 & People’s Choice (voted by show attendees)
Photos in above categories will be judged and eligible for prizes. Winners in each category will be awarded cash prizes and a ribbon. Photographers are asked to donate image to the OBHS archives.

Professional Category: For Exhibit Only… Not Judged.
• Photographers will be allowed to put cards and/or brochures by their work. They do not have to donate photos in this category to the OBHS archives, unless they choose to.

Specifications: Please Submit by May 13th to OB Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica, OB (9 am-5 pm, Mon.- Fri.) Limit 5 photos total, other than Vintage (historic).bAll photos must be mounted on white or black card stock,matboard or other art paper (No frames) Fill out the entry form and attach to the back of photo, Include a $2 entry fee (per photo) when you drop off photo(s)
Ocean Beach Historical Society is not responsible for lost or damaged photos.




The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Turns 90!

1924-OBWC-Ukelele-Band-smdtApril 17, 2014 the Ocean Beach Historical Society Presented: The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Turns 90!  We Celebrated the club’s fabulous History in O.B.
The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Interim President Melyssa (Mel) Roark and Board Member Mercy Baron, presented the club’s history and plans for the future.
The OBWC was formed in 1924, by a group of women from the founding families of OB. They are the oldest civic group in Ocean Beach. Over the years, the club met in several of O.B.’s past landmark buildings, before settling in the current clubhouse on Bacon Street. Many gals, and some guys, celebrated the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club 90th Anniversary and learned about the extraordinary women who did so much for OB.

New OB Fantasy Seascape Fence Mural

Young-at-ArtCheck it out… on Sat Mar. 22, 2014, The Ocean Beach ‘Young at Art Creative Center’ and friends painted a new OB Fantasy Seascape  Mural (w/ some historical sites) on the long fence at the gas station at the corner of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Point Loma Blvd. (South end of  OB). Thanks to Kim Howell, Gary McKany and the kids from Young at Art for this mural that adds to the creative spirit of the O.B. and our long history of murals.

OBHS 20th Anniversary at the Wisteria Garden Party

Clown-annie-smMARCH 22, 2014, we celebrated Spring and the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s 20th Anniversary at our Annual Wisteria Garden Party & Fundraiser. The garden of a historical cottage under the largest wisteria canopy in O.B. was a great backdrop as locals enjoyed tasty treats while listening to rag time music by Billie Lee and his band. The event included a live auction and drawing for great prizes donated by local businesses and friends of the OBHS. Colorfully clad party goers joked with OB clown Dreamin Mimi, hearing former 1948 PAC Shores owner Evelyn Church tell stories, and looking at historical O.B. photos. All together a great party.

The Green Store’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Coleen-25th-anvOn Feb. 20, 2014, we learned “the Green Community Spirit”  is alive and well in O.B. as a packed house showed up to celebrated and honor Colleen Dietzel, co-founder of The Green Store. She presented 25 years of The Green Store’s history and activism in O.B. and San Diego.
On Earth Day April 22, 1989, Colleen and Kip opened The Green Store on Voltaire St. Starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with famed environmentalist David Brower. They embarked on a journey to try and “save the world and O.B.,” working with groups such as the Ocean Beach Greens, Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace, the Save O.B. Coalition and Ocean Beach Grassroots Organization among others. Historically, The Green Store/Ocean Beach Green Center has lead the way as an “Eco-Center of Ocean Beach working for the Environment, Peace and Social Justice.” Thanks to Colleen, Kip & The Green Store friends for their commitment to: • Bringing environmental issues to the forefront • Promote Mom & Pop Businesses • Advancing Social Justice • Educating people about health, farming, water and other issues • Getting residents to take part and have a voice in community issues • Working towards peace • Forming bonds with people that want a better world
• Bringing people together that love O.B.!!!

Miss Rankin and the Library She Built

Margret-Rakin-PortraitJan. 16, 2014 the OBHS Presented: Miss Rankin and the Library She Built— Featuring OB Librarian Matt Beatty. Margaret Rankin was librarian at the Ocean Beach Library from 1921 to 1959. A lifelong force in OB, Margaret was largely responsible for getting the current library built and later remodeled. She was also deeply involved in her community seen in news clippings, her own library reports, and photos of the places she lived.
Matt Beatty put on a great program. He has been a librarian at the Ocean Beach Library for eight and a half years.


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