June 20- KATE SESSIONS—Horticulturist, Landscaper, Florist, and more

Sessions-hatKATE SESSIONS—HORTICULTURIST, LANDSCAPER, FLORIST, AND MORE
Thurs., June 20, 7 PM, 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. Join us on June 20 for a program by historian Nancy Carol Carter, who will inform and entertain us with stories about this ground-breaking (in more ways than one!) San Diego woman. This program is free!

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

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!