May 20- “Anyone Talked History, Today?”

Thursday May 20, 2021 at 7 pm.The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents 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. Please join the OBHS will present San Diego historian Alex Bevil with the story of Winifred Davidson via FREE Zoom teleconference Thurs., May 20, at 7pm.  All are welcome.  Find the link to the lecture in this space a few days before the lecture.

“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.

Trolley To The Beach Film

ClickTROLLEY TO THE BEACH
TROLLEY TO THE BEACH is the full video version of “the Streetcar Talk,”Trolley to the Beach is the full video version of “The Streetcar Talk,” presented by Eric DuVall. It is the history of The Point Loma Railroad, and of the San Diego Electric Railway Beach Line, which replaced it. San Diego area inter-urban rail travel from the 1880s to the 1940s is discussed. It is the story of how reliable and affordable public transportation allowed people to live in the outlying areas of San Diego, and consequently how the city of San Diego grew. This fun film includes hundreds of great vintage photographs and a few surprises. Also, visit the Ocean Beach Historical Society You Tube®Channel

“OB’s Christmas Past” 2020, Great Reviews!

Spirit of OB’s Christmas Past, ©Ray Blavatt Cartoon


The FREE OBHS online 2020 film “OB’s Christmas Past” brought great reviews.
The OBHS brought a holiday treat to people’s homes where they got to experience the spirit of OB’s Christmas Past.
Decades of O.B. historic photos of Christmas Trees, Sandcastles, T-Shirts, and the parades, brought back the O.B. holiday events we have cherished and kept in our hearts. Many viewers enjoyed this fun-filled blast from the past film. The Reviews:
Wow! What a show!… and body of work! You guys always come through thank you!— Billy Lee

What a great video! I’m sitting here watching it, it’s Christmas Eve, I need to go to bed so Santa can come … but I can’t stop watching and smiling. Thanks so much for doing this for OB. It really is a special place, with very special people like you who think not only outside the box, but stand on the box, sit on it, throw it up in the air and use it for so many other things. And I feel so lucky to have found OB amongst the 840 miles of California coastline!
Thanks for the smiles!
— Laura

Really “COOL!!!!” Watched the whole feature!—Clarence & Madeleine

Playing at the Strand

Strand interior ©Steve Rowell photo

“A Kiss in the Dark” kicked off “Paramount Week” at the Ocean Theatre in Ocean Beach, on Sunday September 6, 1925.  You knew that, right?  What about The Strand, you ask?  You thought our wonderful little old community Movie Theater was always called the Strand?  Well, yes and no.  And if you would like to sort that out, and discover how the Ocean Beach Historical Society came into possession of The Strand’s former projector, we have just the story for you.  Featured in the Point Loma – OB Monthly:  https://www.pointloma-obmonthly.com/news/story/2020-11-18/a-page-from-history-ocean-beachs-old-strand-theatre-created-many-fond-memories-for-longtime-movie-fan  This story is really called Playing at the Strand. They didn’t quite see it that way, but now you know.

“SAN DIEGO’S SUNSET CLIFFS PARK • A HISTORY” book

SAN DIEGO’S SUNSET CLIFFS PARK • A HISTORY book

SAN DIEGO’S SUNSET CLIFFS PARK • A HISTORY book Now AVAILABLE:
Kathy Blavatt’s book San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs Park • A History, published by History Press, is near and dear to her heart.
Sunset Cliffs Park meanders along a mile and a half of San Diego’s coastline, beckoning tourists and locals alike. These stunning cliffs inspired Albert Spalding, sportsman and visionary, to create a park in 1915 for all to enjoy. In the century since, many have left their mark, including the powerful Pacific Ocean. John Mills, an enterprising land baron, restored the original park, only to have it fall into neglect during the Depression and World War II. It became a popular spot for pioneering surfers and divers in the postwar boom. The park’s colorful landscape attracted artists and children.

Join author Kathy Blavatt as she relates the many transformations of this beloved park and looks to its future.
Author Kathy Blavatt (Pearson) grew-up on Sunset Cliffs Blvd., and later lived in the family home with her husband, Ray. The couple was married at Dan Dixon’s cliffside “Villa Surf” overlooking “Garbage Beach.” Kathy’s book incorporates her photos, historical photos and documents. BOOKS AVAILABLE: directly from Author (leave contact info. for delivery in OB or PL), Olive Tree Market, Stumps, OBMA and online sites.
San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs Park: A History, REVIEWS :
OB RAG ; Peninsula Beacon; Pt. Loma OB MonthlyA Page from History: How Albert G. Spalding became the father of Sunset Cliffs Park
Blavatt interview SUNSET CLIFFS INTERVIEWS of Kathy Blavatt by Chalie Landon:
Ocean Beach Living; Activism in the 70s and 80s Along the Cliffs; Along Sunset Cliffs, is a spot known as Garbage Beach
THANK YOU to those that join our OBHS Nov. 19, 2020 A Live Online Program: “The History of Sunset Cliffs Park” by Author Kathy Blavatt.






LoVerne Brown’s Book- “Garment for a Long Journey Poems”

On Dec. 5, 2020, The Ocean Beach Library had a very special celebration of OB’s own Loverne Brown. This online event had readings from “Garment for a Long Journey.” Many of LoVern’s followers and admirers enjoyed this event.

A NEW Book release of Collected Poems by SAN DIEGO’S POET LoVerne Brown. To read select poems from Garment for a Long Journey: The Collected Poems of LoVerne Brown, ordering and information, go to: lovernebrown.com
OBHS board member Jonnie Wilson recently published a collection of poems Garment for a Long Journey: The Collected Poems by her mother
LoVerne Brown, who lived and wrote in Ocean Beach for 50 years (1912-2000).
The majority of the poems in this book date to those years, during which she lived in the San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach, close to the Pacific Ocean, a frequent inspiration for her verse.
More at: O.B. Rag article written when OBHS celebrated LoVerne’s 100th birthday in 2012: https://obrag.org/2012/07/a-poem-by-loverne-brown-episode-in-a-continuing-series/