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OBHS ARCHIVES, Preserve local history. We need: Historical Photos, Items, Cash & Archival Supplies, Documents & Interviews (more info. on Archive Page) Donate gifts at OBHS programs or Call (619) 226-8125 with questions or requests.
OBHS is a 501 (C) 3 Non-profit, Donations May Be Tax Deductible.
Ocean Beach Historical Society, P.O. Box 7895, San Diego 92167
All General Info. Contact PAT JAMES,  pjinob@gmail.com or (619) 226-8125
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Thurs. Oct. 21- Archives and Resources of the SDHC, With Bill Lawrence

OBHS presents: Archives and Resources of the San Diego History Center

The Ocean Beach Historical Society presents: Archives and Resources of the San Diego History Center, With History Center President and CEO, Bill Lawrence, Thursday October 21 – 7:00 pm, Teleconference ZOOM LINK: SDHC
San Diego History Center CEO Bill Lawrence will discuss some of the new ways the vast treasures of the San Diego History Center archive are being made available during these historic times, and provide some tips and tricks for diving into OB’s past. Bill will also reveal his own personal history and San Diego journey that centers on the Ocean Beach community. This OBHS Zoom program is FREE!

The Lost and Found Balboa Park Gardens of Kate Sessions

Sept. 16, 2021 The Ocean Beach Historical Society presented a great ZOOM presentation on the “The Lost and Found Balboa Park Gardens of Kate Sessions” by Nancy Carol Carter. See Youtube of the program. The Lost and Found Balboa Park Gardens of Kate Sessions

Postcards from the Past was Pure Joy!

See Link: Postcard from the Past – Part 1

OBHS presented: Zoom Teleconference, Aug. 19, 2021 was a dream for old postcard fans and collectors.
“Every picture tells a story, don’t it?” San Diego is a region rich in visual diversity and destination type locales. As such, scenic San Diego has generated thousands of picture postcards over the decades. We would love to share them with you!  We have cards depicting Wonderland, Sunset Cliffs, The Theosophical Society, Balboa Park and various other excellent San Diego subjects. Did you realize that there was an actual “Age of Postcards?” Or that many people used to make their own originals? Thank you to Ocean Beach Historical Society postcard expert and collector Jonnie Wilson, and postcard geek Eric DuVall, we examined this fascinating niche in the historical record. 

Wonderful Field Trip to the Presidio

Over 40 people came to hear Field Trip to the Presidio with the Ocean Beach Historical Society and Richard Carrico, Thursday evening July 15th at 6:00 pm. We walked the grounds of the old Presidio de San Diego. During this unique experience Richard discussed the layout and significance of the very spot “Where California Began.”  We met in the parking lot of the Serra Museum (immediately west and down hill, in front of the Museum) on Presidio Hill.  This field trip event was very informative and a great way to kick off a more normal summer with lovely weather that evening in the park.

Point Loma’s Lower 1891 Lighthouse

June 17, 2021- The Ocean Beach Historical Society presented a Zoom presentationPoint Loma’s Lower Lighthouse has been beaming brightly since 1891.With a $200 million dollar restoration, the beacon is set to continue its mission for another hundred years. Guests joined Ocean Beach Historical Society and Lighthouse volunteer and San Diego Historian Karen Scanlon and her sister Kim, for a lavishly illustrated discussion of San Diego’s Operational Lighthouse, and the Six Lights that have watched over San Diego Bay over the years.  The talk was fun and informational as we looked at this landmark perched on the southwestern-most corner of the continental United States. 

“Anyone Talked History, Today?”

Link to OBHS YouTube Channel: “Anyone Talked History, Today”

May 20, 2021, The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presented a Zoom teleconference: “Anyone Talked History, Today
Early San Diego historian Winifred Davidson is described as the woman who discovered San Diego’s Lost History. Davidson was a poet, a musician, an educator, a journalist, one of one of San Diego’s first preservationists, and a longtime resident of Point Loma. OBHS presented San Diego historian Alex Bevil with the story of Winifred Davidson via Zoom teleconference. Thanks to Alex we learned how Winifred preserved a great amont of our town’s history.

“Women of the Presidio” by Richard Carrico

On Wed. April 28, 2021 Richard Carrico presented the Women of the Presidio, a wonderful Zoom Lecture. The Ocean Beach Historical Society presented Women of the Presidio, Stories rarely told of Colonial and Indigenous Women on the Frontier, with San Diego Historian and OB Favorite, Richard Carrico.  Thank you Richard, and all those that logged onto the lecture.

Read about: Rapid Transit Comes to the Beach

The Spring of 1924 was an exciting time in Ocean Beach. The San Diego Electric Railway opened their new “High Speed Beach Line,” the #14 train to OB, on the first of May. The commute time from OB to downtown was cut in half!  The community responded with a four-day celebration.  Read about it at:  Rapid Transit Comes to the Beach

Photo: Replacing the old OB Loop of the Point Loma Railroad, San Diego Electric Railway ran one of the first bus lines in San Diego along Voltaire Street. June 1924. SDER

YouTube– Florence Chadwick: Record-Smashing Distance Swimmer

The Ocean Beach Historical Society presents on YouTube the presentation March 31, 2021, FLORENCE CHADWICK: Record-Smashing Distance Swimmer by Ocean Beach Author Historian Jonnie Wilson. Click below:

O.B.’s Beloved Wisteria Cottage Film

Click: O.B.’s Beloved Wisteria Garden
The Ocean Beach Historical Society present a 2021 FILM by Kathy Blavatt, “O.B.’s Beloved WISTERIA GARDEN”, of past OBHS Wisteria Garden Parties. Images include the parties, garden, the Clarke/Titlow cottage, and historical photos. Film clips include music by the talented musicians that played at the parties as we welcomed in Spring. Background Cello music by Claire Roberts.
The OBHS hosted numerous Wisteria garden parties at the historic Wisteria Cottage’s Garden with many longtime OBceans enjoying live music and entertainment under the largest Wisteria canopy in Ocean Beach.
See why the Wisteria Cottage and garden are so loved as O.B. locals show you how they enjoy a great party!

TJ sings with Rose 3, Bill Lee Corwin, and other musicians.