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

Defining Moments 250 Years-COHSD Conference

Congress of History of San Diego & Imperial Counties presents:
Defining Moments 250 Years, 54th Annual History Conference
Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, 2019
at Portuguese Hall,
2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)
More Info & Registration at: http://www.congressofhistory.org
Great Conference… Don’t Miss It!

Feb. 21- OBHS 25th Anniversary and “Treasures from our Archives”

ruth-25-yr-ob-silver-sm-logo-letterFeb. 21, 2019_What a fun night! and history at the Ocean Beach Historical Society 25th Anniversary and “Treasures from our Archives”
The Ocean Beach Historical Society was formed in February 1994, so starting in February and throughout 2019 we will celebrate the Ocean Beach Historical Society’ s founders, members, and achievements.
The Ocean Beach Historical Society’ s 25th Silver Anniversary logo design by Kathy Blavatt, incorporates a teen photo of OBHS Co-founder Ruth Held.
dedi-jonnie-kitty-2018Kitty McDaniel, Dedi Ridenour, and Jonnie Wilson, presented the history of the OBHS and the group’s founders and introduced some fascinating finds from the OBHS Archives. They unearthed some amazing artifacts related to the history of our beach community and will be sharing these  “Treasures from our Archives.” Over the past 25 years, we’ve collected a whole lot more than old photos and books!

“Trolley to the Beach” by Eric DuVall

trolley-to-the-beach-flyer-copy The Ocean Beach Historical Society’s President Eric DuVall presented “Trolley to the Beach” on Jan. 17, 2019 to a packed house at Water’s Edge Faith Community, in O.B.,Trolley-to-the-Beach
“Trolley to The Beach,” is the story of how dependable electric streetcar service allowed people to live at the beach—specifically Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific Beach and La Jolla—and still be able to work downtown. It is the story of the Point Loma Railroad and The San Diego Electric Railway and how they helped our city to grow. As such, it is also the story of D. C. Collier and John D. Spreckels. Eric covered an approximately 50-year period from the 1890s through the 1940s, and the story will be, of course, lavishly illustrated.
Eric loves history and his program was filled with interesting details, images, and humorous tidbits. Kitty McDaniel added a nice touch and fun to the program and film clips.

“Memories that Will Never Go Away”

Nov. 15, 2018 the OBHS presented:Memories that Will Never Go Away” The 40th Anniversary of the Crash of PSA Flight 182, by Alexander D. Bevil
Mr. Alexander Bevil’s presentation was be based on his recently published Journal of San Diego History article on the Sept. 25, 1978 crash of PSA Flight 182, and the effect it had—and still has—on San Diego’s collective memory. He discussed how the crash’s aftermath contributed to major changes in modern commercial air travel safety rules and procedures; and he will invite attendees to share their memories of that horrific day.
For the past 30 years Alexander Bevil has played an active role in identifying and preserving several San Diego historic landmarks. He is an award-winning local free-lance historian, writer and preservationist. His National Register nomination reports have helped preserve University Heights’ Georgia Street Bridge and the Normal School Teacher Training Building, and the iconic “Tin Man” water tower in North Park.
More at: 182-Crash