The Legend and Lore of the O.B. James Gang Thursday, November 21, 2019 7 PM

James-GangAs we celebrate the 40th Annual Ocean Beach Christmas Tree and Parade, here is your opportunity to meet the family that not only started this holiday event but were instrumental in other cherished O.B. traditions as well.
Join brothers Ron, Greg, Mike, Pat, and sister-in-law Susan as they reminisce about the trials and tribulations of working together in a family business while also trying to make a positive impact on the community.
For over four decades, the James family has been an integral part of the Ocean Beach community. They were instrumental in the founding of the Ocean Beach Merchants Association (now the O.B. Mainstreet Association) and the Ocean Beach Historical Society. Over the years, they held leadership roles with the O.B. Merchants Association, O.B. Town Council, O.B. Planning Board, and O.B. Historical Society. The brothers were the catalyst in beginning the Ocean Beach Fireworks Festival, O.B. Street Fair, the Ocean Beach Christmas Auction, O.B. Parade, and the Christmas Tree, as well as the Community Mural Project.
The presentation will touch on the history of the James Gang, with anecdotes, images, and artifacts from Ocean Beach’s past.
They will also pay tribute to their late brother Rich James, the founder of the O.B. Christmas Tree, whose life epitomized the O.B. spirit.
Please join us November 21st for this “FREE” fun evening of “The Legend and Lore of the O.B. James Gang”!

Oct.17- “Surfing Sunset Cliffs, The Early Years”

Rays-surfer-300-dpi“Surfing Sunset Cliffs, The Early Years” BY ORIGINAL SUNSET CLIFFS DUDES & GIDGETS, Thurs., Oct 17, 2019, 7 PM, AT WATER’S EDGE FAITH COMMUNITY, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
Dig out your Hawaiian shirt for the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s “SURFING SUNSET CLIFFS, THE EARLY YEARS” presentation. Flashback to the blue waters of the cliffs with surfers/presenters Jim “Mouse” Robb, 86, Marsh Malcolm, 86, John Holly, 76, Billy Chapman, 75, Tom “Lizard” Chapman, 76, and the “Original Gidget” Linda Benson, age unknown.
This Sunset Cliffs program covers the years 1945 – 1965, including 1947 film footageof surfing planks (wood longboards) at Ab’s beach. Linda will give her special perspective on the early days of surfing. Cruise on down Sunset Cliffs Boulevard to the Water’s Edge Faith Community in O.B. on Oct. 17th, and catch the surfvibes of yesteryears! This program is FREE!

Why Should the Woman Always Have to Pay: Unsolved Murders in SD

Woman-Carrico-2019The Ocean Beach Historical Society presented:
Why Should the Woman Always Have to Pay: Unsolved Murders in SD,
by Author Richard Carrico, Sept. 19, 2019
Richard L. Carrico presented four unsolved murders, including the 1923 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. 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 Camp Kearny Army Base. Jacobs stood trial twice for the murder but ultimately got a verdict of not guilty.This cases remains unsolved, but Carrico gave a theory about who the murderer was.
Using trial transcripts, sometimes lurid newspaper accounts, and other historical documents, Carrico presented three others cases from 1931 that also remained unsolved.

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.
Ocean Beach Historical Society’s Kathy Blavatt and Eric DuVall were 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 info. 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.