Sat., Aug. 17- OBHS Event: San Diego City Guard Band At The Greek Theatre

City-Gaurd-BandThe Ocean Beach Historical Society presents a Special Event:
San Diego City Guard Band
At The Greek Theatre

Saturday, August 17, 6 pm At The Greek Theatre at Point Loma Nazarene University On Aug. 17th the Ocean Beach Historical Society continues a yearlong celebration of our 25th Anniversary, as we present “the event of the season”: The San Diego City Guard Band in concert at the famous Greek Theater at Point Loma Nazarene University.
The City Guard Band has entertained San Diego audiences since 1885! Performing band music from the turn of the 20th Century, patriotic music from the First World War, more contemporary show tunes, and everything in between.
The concert will take place at the Greek Theatre, one of San Diego’s most iconic venues, with a view of the Pacific Ocean!
Built by Katherine Tingley in 1901, the outdoor Greek amphitheater was the first built in the U.S.A. Tingley, the leader of the Theosophical Society, purchased this property in 1897 and founded the Theosophical community of Lomaland.
Lomaland is now the site of Point Loma Nazarene University, which overlooks Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.
Bring your family, bring a picnic, dress in time period clothes! Food venders will be on hand, so arrive early to enjoy this old-fashioned summertime concert. Tell your friends, mark your calendars, and don’t miss this fun event. Parking available at PLNU campus parking lots. Please join us at this Special FREE Event!!!

July 18, 2019- HELP! Lifeguards of San Diego County

Help-Lifeguards-book-blueThurs. July 18, 7 PM- The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents: HELP! Lifeguards of San Diego County, By Michael Martino
At Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
Join Michael Martino, former chief lifeguard with the California State Parks, as he discusses the life and death stories behind the formation of San Diego’s lifeguard service.
This lecture, based on Martino’s book HELP! San Diego Lifeguards to the Rescue, begins with the early pre-lifeguard years when citizens helped with rescues and bathhouses along the coast hired their own private lifeguards. Unfortunately, these well-intentioned efforts were not enough to safeguard the public, and from the ashes of tragic incidents rose a dedicated professional lifeguard service that has provided beach safety for San Diego families for over 100 years.
Michael T. Martino has served in every capacity as a lifeguard with the California State Parks, starting as a seasonal employee and working his way up to aquatic specialist, the chief lifeguard in the state park system.

KATE SESSIONS—Horticulturist, Landscaper, Florist, and more

Sessions-hatKATE SESSIONS—HORTICULTURIST, LANDSCAPER, FLORIST, AND MORE
June 20, WATER’S EDGE FAITH COMMUNITY, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B. San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the U. S., due in large part to its abundance of exotic trees and plants— jacarandas, queen palms, Brazilian pepper trees, bougainvillea, Italian cypress, the bird of paradise, and the poinsettia. Yet, surprisingly, none of these trees and plants—so identified with our image—are native to San Diego!
All of them—and many more—were introduced to our region by Kate Sessions, the pioneering women horticulturalist who came to San Diego in 1883, and who, over a period of several decades, transformed a semi-arid landscape into a lush paradise.
Historian Nancy Carol Carter is a retired professor of law at USD. She is a frequent lecturer in San Diego and has been published in Pacific Horticulture and The Journal of San Diego History, with articles on Kate Sessions, the San Diego olive industry, and renowned local botanists Katharine and T. S. Brandegee.

25 Years of Photos & OB Exposed!

OB-Exposed-logoThe Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents a Retrospective: 25 Years of Photos & OB Exposed! May 16, at
This year’s enjoyable Ocean Beach Historical Society special photographic event was a combination retrospective and multimedia event.
We featured many of our extraordinary OB EXPOSED! past photo entries, our favorite historical photos and photos by our OB EXPOSED! judges.
Thanks to those that  helped preserve O.B.’s history by donating  vintage and historical photos to the OBHS Archives at OB EXPOSED!

Thurs. Apr. 18 – WWII LETTERS FROM SAN DIEGANS

Veronica-Murphy-Walter-Murphy--The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents: WWII LETTERS FROM SAN DIEGANS, By Veronica Murphy & Walter Ritter, Write Out Loud
Thurs., Apr. 18, 7 pm
at Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
Hear history as it happened! Poignant World War II letters written by young San Diegans serving in the military will be the focus of our O.B. Historical Society April 18 program.
Join us for a memorable evening as guest speakers Veronica Murphy and Walter Ritter of Write Out Loud San Diego read from a treasure trove of 5,000 letters housed at San Diego State University’s Special Collections and University Archives.
Veronica Murphy and Walter Ritter are co-founders of San Diego’s Write Out Loud, a theatrical company that brings together experienced actors to do staged readings of literature to a live audience. Both have extensive backgrounds in local theater.

The Jennings Family More than Meets the Eye!

Jennings-Cafe-sepia2.21.19, The Jennings Family… More than Meets the Eye! By Cathy Gallagher,
“Special Event-Program” at the Jennings House Café at 1018 Rosecrans, Point Loma was fabulous!
Due to cold rainy weather, the crowd squeezed in the Café and on the deck that made for a very cozy event at the historic 1886 Jennings House on P.L. The one-time residence of Frank Jennings, early San Diego County Sheriff (1895-1902), is one of the oldest houses built on Point Loma. In recent years, it has found new life as the Jennings House Café (previously the Living Room), co-owned by guest speaker Cathy Gallagher.
In researching the history of the house, Cathy came up with many fascinating facts about Frank Jennings, his brother Fred (who also served as San Diego County Sheriff from 1907 to 1914), their families, and their descendants. She provided a detailed account of Frank and Inez Jennings, their entrepreneurial and philanthropic commitment to San Diego, and their role in the development of Point Loma and Ocean Beach.
Visit this historic site and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Defining Moments 250 years

COH Logo 2019Congress of History of San Diego & Imperial Counties presents:
Defining Moments 250 years
54th Annual History Conference
Fri. March 29, and Sat. March 30, 2019
at Portuguese Hall
2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)
More Info & Registration at: http://www.congressofhistory.org