Sun. March 19th – Wisteria Garden Party

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Join us SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 1:00 – 3:30 PM at 4761 Niagara Ave., O.B. 92107
Come celebrate Spring at the Ocean Beach Historical Society Wisteria Garden Party as we thank our members and also pay tribute to Carol Hart Bowers, Co-founder of the OBHS.
Spend the afternoon in the garden of a historic O.B. Wisteria Cottage under the largest wisteria canopy in O.B. Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres & desserts while listening to live music including songs from the 1920s by local Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters band (includes dance area). Enjoy a beautiful afternoon of O.B. history, culture and fun. Dress: Historic, garden party, purple attire, or O.B. casual. Hope to see you under the Wisteria Vines!
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Minimum Suggested Donation: Members $10, or $20 (Admission plus Membership) Includes an opportunity drawing ticket.

The Great War… A Great Conference!

Pat-J--Barb-2017-Con-award On March 3 and 4, 2017  The Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties Presented: San Diego & the Great War 1914-1919,  52nd Annual History 2-day Conference 2017—Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the United States Entry into World War 1. The start of our modern world can be traced to the outcomes from World War I. Discover what role our region played in ending the conflict. “Cease fire” was in 1918. Local impacts lasted to 1919, and beyond. Conference Co-sponsor: The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park. The conference was fantastic in this wonderful venue. Ocean Beach Historical Society’s former 14 year President Pat James, and Archivist and  Congress of History board member Barbara bush won awards at the conference for their historic work thru the years.

 

Point Loma Book Program

pl-postcardOBHS presented POINT LOMA BOOK, BY ERIC DUVALL, KITTY MCDANIEL & AUTHORS FROM LA PLAYA TRAIL ASSOCIATION, FEB. 16th, Point Loma is one of San Diego’s most historic neighborhoods. The newly released book by Arcadia Publishing is packed full of lovely historical photos and information about our spectacular peninsula community. The OBHS had a program on this fabulous Point Loma book. From Ballast Point and La Playa, where the first Europeans stepped ashore on California, to the Theosophical Community Lomaland, on the crest of the Point, Point Loma explores the community’s unique neighborhoods, people, businesses, public institutions, and military bases. Newly elected OBHS President Eric DuVall and newly elected OBHS Board Member Kitty McDaniel, along with other collaborating authors from La Playa Trail Association will presented wonderful images and stories from the book. The book has been very well received in its first weeks of publication.

Maggie Espinosa- Traveler Journalist & Author

maggie-espinosa-portrait Jan.19th. OBHS Presented a wonderful program by the high energized Maggie Espinosa- Traveler Journalist & Author, Maggie Espinosa embarked on an 800-mile walk to visit California’s 21 missions from San Diego to Sonoma along the El Camino Real. What ensued was the journey of a lifetime to become the 11th person to complete this sojourn.
Maggie Espinosa is a Travel Journalist. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and NATJA Silver & Bronze Award Winner. She was also the San Diego San Diego Press Club president during 2013 & 2014. Maggie is author of Author of On a Mission and The Privileged Pooch.
More about Maggie Espinosa at: http://www.travelwithmaggie.com

Looking forward to 2017

SEE YOU IN 2017 at our OBHS Programs & Events.
News: Pat James is stepping down as the Ocean Beach Historical Society President, though he will be Vice President. Eric DuVall has been elected as the  the new 2017 President. Former V.P. Derek Sander is no longer on the OBHS board. All other previous board members were re-elected and Kitty McDaniel was elected to the board.Congratulation to all.

OB Children’s Park Benefit was fun

The December 6, 2016 Benefit for the future creation of the Ocean Beach Children’s Park in Honer of Ruth Varney Held was a fun evening. Two of Ruth’s grandsons played in a band at the event, and her daughter and grandaughter made a speeches. A nice tribute to Ruth who did so much for Ocean Beach and wrote Beach Town. For more info. about the park go to http://www.obcdc.org.

Lyman J. Gage- A Great Man

gage-portrait11/17/16- The OB Historical Society Presented:   Lyman J. Gage- A Great Man, by John Noble, on Thursday evening Nov. 17th.
John Noble  presented his program about Lyman J. Gage, 42nd United States Secretary of the Treasury. In 1906 Gage came to Point Loma to deal with a family crisis and retire from the stress of the East Coast. Gage was drawn to the Lomaland Theosophist community. John spoke about Gage’s extraordinary accomplishments before coming to San Diego and  the extraordinary life he made for himself in San Diego and his important role in preserving Balboa Park. We learned Gage, who was far more than just a local street name.

John Noble, Owner of Coastal Sage Garden Shop & Landscaping.  He designed and planted the landscaping in front of the Lily Pond at Balboa Park for the Centennial Anniversary.