Great Gifts- OCEAN BEACH book and 1887 OB MAP!

OBbookhandThe “Ocean Beach” book by the Ocean Beach Historical Society & Arcadia Publishing is $21.99 ea. plus tax. This fantastic book is filled O.B.’s wonderful history and images. Available at: OBHS  programs, events, Te Mana Café, Green Store, SDHC, James Gang Company, OB Books and Music, OBMA, OB People’s, OB Gifts, Olive Tree Market, Shells, Morena Costco and Book Star.

HISTOB-1887-Map-smORICAL 1887 OB MAP poster 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— $20 ea.  Available at: OBHS Events/Programs, The Green Store, John Baker Picture Frames, Te Mana Café, OBMA and the Newport Ave. Antique Center. Proceeds go to the OBHS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit org


Mary-Allely-2014smOBHS ARCHIVES preserve local history. We need: Historical Photos, Items, Cash & Archival Supplies, Documentation & Interviews (more info. on Archive Page) Donate gifts at OBHS programs. Archive Donations Only Contact Archivist Mary Allely (858) 550-5982. OBHS is a 501 (C) 3 Non-profit, Donations May Be Tax Deductible.  All General Info. Contact PAT JAMES, Pres. or  (619) 226-8125.

Fri., May 22- OB EXPOSED! Exhibit and Contest

Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents Our Annual OB EXPOSED!  Photographic Impressions of Ocean Beach & Point Loma. Friday, May 22th, 6:00-8:30 pm at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., OB The 2015 OB Exposed! has new and exciting additions…  including an opportunity drawing for great prizes from local venders and a larger historical photo display. This event and refreshments are FREE! We encourage attendees to become members, buy opportunity drawing tickets,  donate to the OBHS or buy our gift items & books.

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• A photo exhibit and contest (open to all levels and ages)You don’t have to live here to enter, just love this area!
• Old photos, new photos, color or black & white… any photo
• Photos must be taken in Ocean Beach or Point Loma
PRIZES & Winning categories are:
$100 Prize+T-Shirt:     Best in Show & People’s Choice (Voted by show attendees)
$25 Prize: Best Color, Best Black & White, Best Vintage (Historic), Best Special Effects, and Best Child’s Under 16      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 photo/s to the OBHS archives.
Professional Category: For Exhibit Only… Not Judged.
• Professionals can display cards and/or brochures by their work. They may donate photos if they choose to.

Contest Specifications:
Please submit by May 20th  to OB Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica Ave., OB, 9 am-5 pm, Mon.- Fri., (they have entry forms).
Limit 5 photos total, other than Vintage (Historic). All photos must be mounted on white or black card stock, matboard or other art paper (No frames).
Fill out the form below and attach to the back of photo. Include a $3 entry fee (per photo) when you drop off photo(s).  Ocean Beach Historical Society is NOT responsible for lost or damaged photos.

The History of Famosa Slough By Jim Peugh Apr. 16, 2015

Famosa-Slough-PosterOBHS presentsed The History of Famosa Slough Featuring Jim Peugh, , April 16, 2015  Jim Peugh, Chair of Board of Directors of Friends of Famosa Slough, will give the history of Famosa Slough that runs from being an ice age coastal canyon, a part of the estuary of the San Diego River, a dump
for construction rubble, a planned construction site, to a City-owned urban
wildlife preserve and hot spot for bird watching and nature study.
He discussed the successful campaign to get the City to buy it for conservation in 1990. Also the restoration that has occurred, the current uses by people & wildlife, including endangered Ridgway’s Rails and California Least Terns.
Famosa Slough is owned by the City of San Diego as a Wetland Preserve. It is a part of the City’s Multiple Habitats Protection Area for the protection of at-risk, threatened, and Endangered Species. It has also been identified as a No-Take Marine Conservation Area under the State of California’s Marine Life Protection Act. And it is a nice place to watch, hear, and study coastal wetlands. The Friends of Famosa Slough partner with the City to help manage and improve its value for wildlife and for visitors.

Decoder—Margaret Francis

Lynn-Francis-Thurs., March 19, the Ocean Beach Historical Society Presented a wonderful speaker… Margaret Francis worked on the decoding machines as seen in the movie “The Imitation Game”. Margaret Francis is a WWII Veteran of the WRENS (Women’s Royal Navy Service) in England. She worked on the decoding machines (the bombe) 10 miles from Bletchley Hall at Gayhurst Manor.
Margaret talked about her experiences bringing history to life. She is an excellent storyteller, and very funny, remembering with vivid details some of her experiences. She is 91 years old and has lived in San Diego since the 1957. She gave us a very entertaining night packed with historical information.

“BALBOA PARK: 1915 & BEYOND” Conference

Congress of History  of San Diego & Imperial Counties present: FRI., MAR. 6 & SAT., MAR 7, 2015, “BALBOA PARK: 1915 & BEYOND”
A 2-DAY CONFERENCE, 9AM to 4 PM, Registration only $35 ($25 Seniors, $15 Students) Registration form at:
You weren’t born in time to attend the 1915 Panama-California Exposition but you can relive the excitement at the 50th Congress of History Conference! Two days of dynamic speakers with special stories about the event that made a lasting impression on San Diego. Don’t miss the fun in 2015. See the speakers, authors, and exhibitors. History comes alive in Balboa Park!

Feb. 19, 2015 Highlights of O.B.’s Historic Beach Cottages

American-Gothic-Feb.19, 2015 the OBHS presented Highlights of O.B.’s Historic Beach Cottages: History, Architectural Details and the Mills Act
Featuring members of the Ocean Beach Historical Society board Kathy Blavatt, Jane Gawronski & Tom Gawronski who were happy to present this special program about O.B.’s Historic Beach Cottages, a subject that is near-and-dear to their hearts. All three have local planning board experience and been advocates in preserving our historic structures. Tom and Jane own historic Ocean Beach homes including the famous “Red House”.
Kathy has interviewed cottage owners, collected photos and written about O.B.’s historic homes.
These presenters talked about the importance of the Mills Act , the role the cottages play in the Ocean Beach Community Plan (approved at San Diego City Council 2014), and in retaining our beach town character. Cottage owners were encouraged to talk and show photos of their houses towards the last segment of the program. We learned some great new information from the audience at the program, but what to encourage people to donate records, photos and historical information to the OBHS Archives before these are lost forever.

Also for those that want more information on the Mills Act see our Preservation page.

OBPB Votes Against Demolition of 100-Year-Old House

The OB RAG did a great job reporting on this important issue… this is very timely since the Feb. 19, 2015 OBHS program is about the importance of keeping our cottages. Excerpt: Ocean Beach Planning Board Votes Against Demolition of 100-Year-Old House, by FRANK GORMLIE on FEB. 5, 2015In a bold move that would put a smile on any preservationist, the Ocean Beach Planning Board last night voted against approving a proposed development for 4677 Niagara that included the demolition of the current house, originally built in 1915.

At their monthly meeting, after the developer’s presentation and a lengthy question and comment session, the Board voted 8-2-1 against the developer’s application for a permit to build two condos on the lot, once the lot had been cleared of the old hundred-year-old structure. Full report at:

“Tales from the Trail: SD’s Rich Outdoors History” – Thomas Leech

Thomas LeechOcean Beach Historical Society Program, Jan. 15, 2015 presented: “Tales from the Trails: San Diego’s Rich Outdoors History” by Author Thomas Leech. Leech’s program focused on stories linked to our natural environment and the early colorful characters who played key roles in shaping San Diego. How Father Junipero Serra, Kit Carson, Hatfield the Rainmaker, Ysidora Bandini, and the Cisco Kid fit in? Leech included many intriguing aspects of local history.
Thomas Leech is a long-time San Diegan and has attended the OBHS programs for years. For several years Leech was Editor for the Outdoors Forum for San Diego Magazine online. This led him to write OUTDOORS SAN DIEGO: HIKING, BIKING & CAMPING with co-author Jack Farman.


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