O.B. Thru The Eyes of a Photographer

Fran-Camera-Apr-2017OBHS Presented and inspiring and intragetic program by Fran Del Santo, April 20, 2017-  “O.B. Thru The Eyes of a Photographer” .  Fran is an OB Street Photographer who wears many hats that include: photographer, sign interpreter, motorcyclist, teacher, community supporter, and more.  Fran is well known in OB for her amazing street photography.
Due to Fran winning so many awards at the OBHS’s Annual OB Exposed! Photo Exhibit and Contest, she has been booted-up to the Professional Category where she exhibits her work. In this capacity she helps other contestants who need advise or mentoring. In 2016, she inspired seven participants to enter OB Exposed! And two of them took first place in separate categories for their wonderful photos.
Even though Fran’s husband John is no longer with us she carries on their personal motto: “If you love Ocean Beach give back to the community.” In this spirit Fran donates all of her entries to the Ocean Beach Historical Society in appreciation of their hard work for the community. Thank you Fran for your lovely photographs, energy and love for OB.

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A Blooming Good Time at the Wisteria Garden Party

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SUN., MARCH 19, 2017 was a day to remember at 4761 Niagara Ave. We celebrated Spring at the Ocean Beach Historical Society Wisteria Garden Party as we thanked our members and also pay tribute to Carol Hart Bowers, Co-founder of the OBHS.
Guest enjoyed spending the afternoon in the garden of a historic O.B. Wisteria Cottage under the largest wisteria canopy in O.B., lovely after all the rain! 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. We enjoy a beautiful afternoon of O.B. history, culture and fun. Many dressed in historic, garden party, purple attire, or O.B. casual attire.

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.