OBHS 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. email@example.com or (619) 226-8125.
Craig Gerwig (Owner of the Newport Ave. Antique Center) and Judy Parry will talk about popular businesses that lined Newport Ave. over several decades. They will talk about businesses and properties their family owned/own on the 4800 block of Newport Ave. Don’t miss this family’s interesting history in O.B. This OBHS program is free.
On June 18 Jack Innis brought us “San Diego Legends” —Jack Innis author of “San Diego Legends” book, brought together many extraordinary accounts of famous and infamous people, places including local caves, and events in San Diego’s past.
Jack began writing in 1990. He has published more than 1,200 stories. His career as San Diego’s Legend Hunter began in 1999. He opted to hunt the annals of history to uncover legends, stories, and myths that were simply too fascinating to find in typical history books.
Ocean Beach Historical Society had it’s 2015 Annual OB EXPOSED! Photographic Impressions of Ocean Beach & Point Loma. Friday, May 22 at the Masonic Center and it was a blast! The photos were fabulous… they get better each year. Congratulations to the winners, whose photos are hanging at the OB Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica Ave. Entries that were not donated to the OBHS Archive may be picked up at the OB Business Center. Attendees were supportive as they were encouraged to become members, buy opportunity drawing tickets, donate to the OBHS or buy our gift items & books. Refreshments as always were YUMMY!
Winners of the 2015 “OB Exposed!” Photo Contest: People’s Choice Winner: Fran Del Santo – “Much Respect”, Best in Show Winner: Davenport, Color Winner: Fran Del Santo – “In a Moment” – Young lad dancing to music at OB Farmers Market, Black & White Winner: Cameron Pettit – “Sunrise at the Pier”, Special Effects Winner: Fran Del Santo – “Mindfulness 2013″, Vintage Winner: Virginia Davis – “Lisa Davis in back of West Point Loma House 1973″ —See Winning Photos at the OB Rag.
© K. Blavatt Photo of Three Award Winner Fran Del Santo and OBHS President Pat James at 2015 OB Exposed!. THANK YOU to all the businesses that donated food and opportunity drawing awards. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers, MC Nancy Cassidy , judges, those who entered photos, and the Masonic Center.
OBHS presented 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.
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.
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: http://congressofhistory.org
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 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.