OBHS in the News

Abbie Alford of Channel 8 News visited the Ocean Beach Historical Society June, 15, 2017 Program featuring Claudia Jack who shared her passion for collecting signs and preserving our history. Take a look at this wonderful and fun blast to O.B.’s past! ( link to video ).


What FUN!- O.B. Signs Remembered

OBHS presented: O.B. Signs Remembered, June 15, 2017 By presenter Claudia Jack who has an extensive Ocean Beach sign collection of the community’s  most memorable and funny signs we laughed at over the years. She saved many signs that were on the way to being trashed or destroyed. Claudia also talked briefly on the  importance of community volunteerism. This flash of the past was a riot as words and images triggered your memories of O.B.’s unique and colorful history.


OB-Exposed-2017-gray©Photo by Mike McCarthy
MAY 19, 2017 OB EXPOSED!
was a wonderful event as hundreds of attendees enjoyed seeing photographs of OB and PL while having refreshments provided by local establishments. Winning photos are hanging at the OB Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica Ave. Those that did not donate may pick up photos May 23-June 23 at OB Business Center.

OB EXPOSED! WINNERS: Special Subject Prize“25 year anniversary of the OB farmers market”:
Having a Dog-gone Time at the Farmers Market!,
Kathy Blavatt
People’s Choice: Coastal Blooms, Ted Putnam
Best In Show: The Colorful Alley’s & Trolls of Ocean Beach, Scott Therkalsen
Best Black & White: Center of My Universe, Melinda Therkalsen
Best Color: OB Love, Ed Hopkins
Best Vintage (Historic): Hotel Newport, Vince Adame
Best Child’s Under age 16 : Going  Up, John Burrel  
Best Special Effects: OB Sci-Fi, Ryan Knowl
OB Exposed! THANK YOU:
Food Donors:
Dee’s Newbreak Coffee Co. & Café, European Cake Gallery, Fran Del Santo, Gaslione Brothers, Newbreak Coffee Co. & Café (Beach), OB Quik Stop Liquor & Deli, Ocean Beach Peoples’ Organic Food Market, Olive Tree Market Place, Pepe’s
Food Table & Centerpieces: Stephanie Greenwald, Dedi Ridenhour & Susan James.
Opportunity Drawing Donors:
Bean Me Up Coffee, Dee’s  Newbreak Coffee Co. (Sunset Cliffs), Details Salon & Spa, Floral Fantasia, Lazy Hummingbird, Nelson Photo, Newbreak Coffee Co. & Café (Beach), OB Business Center, OB Mainstreet Association, Often Wander at Noon, Point Loma Masonic Center, Raglan Public House.
A “Special Thanks” to: Fran Del Santo & Joe Ewing for their photos as sales donations.
Judges: Cliff Beck, Joe Ewing, & Steve Rowell.

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.

A Blooming Good Time at the Wisteria Garden Party

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.