Sept. 19- Why Should the Woman Always Have to Pay: Unsolved Murders in SD

Woman-Carrico-2019The Ocean Beach Historical Society presents:
Why Should the Woman Always Have to Pay: Unsolved Murders in SD,
by Author Richard Carrico
Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 PM at Water’s Edge Faith Community 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
Richard L. Carrico will take the Ocean Beach Historical Society and guests back to 1923 to delve into the mysterious unsolved murder of Fritzi Mann, local dancer and actress. “Found dead on the beach at Torrey Pines, Fritzi showed evidence of blunt force trauma but died from drowning. In addition the autopsy report noted that she was in a:
delicate condition.”
The police hauled in several suspects including a Hollywood producer, wealthy businessmen, and Louis Jacobs, a medical doctor from the Army base at Camp Kearny. Jacobs stood trial twice for the murder but ultimately got a verdict of not guilty.
To this day the case remains unsolved, but Carrico has a theory about who the murderer was. Using trial transcripts, sometimes lurid newspaper accounts, and other historical documents, Carrico will sit us in the jury box and present the Fritzi Mann case, and let you decide for yourself. Not content to only look at one murder case? Excellent. Richard will touch on three others from 1931 that also remained unsolved.
Please join us September 19th as Richard Carrico unveils the details of these murder mysteries! This OBHS program is FREE!

Sat. Aug. 24- Kathy Blavatt and Eric DuVall- SD UT Festival of Books

San Diego Union Tribune Festival of Books
SAT., AUG. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., at Manpower Room at Liberty Station
with Kathy Blavatt, Ann Collins, Richard Crawford, Eric DuVall.
Join
Ocean Beach Historical Society’s Kathy Blavatt and Eric DuVall at the  San Diego Union Tribune Festival of Books as they and two other authors— Ann Collins, Richard Crawford talk on a panel about their local books.
Kathy Blavatt wrote “Ocean Beach Where Land and Water Meet” and Eric DuVall wrote a Chapter in the “Point Loma” book by multiple Authors fron the LaPlaya Trail Org.

For more information and reservations: San Diego Union Tribune Festival of Books

Was Great! Aug. 17- SD City Guard Band At The Greek Theatre

OBHS-Concert-2019-posterThe Ocean Beach Historical Society presented a Special Event:
San Diego City Guard Band – At the Greek Theatre
Sat., Aug. 17, 2019 at 6 pm At The Greek Theatre at PLNU The Ocean Beach Historical Society continued a yearlong celebration of our 25th Anniversary, as we presented “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 took place at the Greek Theatre, one of SD’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.
 The crowd enjoyed this FREE old-fashioned summertime concert. Thank you food venders.

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.