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

Oct. 18, 2018- Villa Surf Dan Dixon’s Pleasuredome, 1950-1962

Villia-Surf-Dan-2-Books-Cvr OB Historical Society presented: VILLA SURF
Dan Dixon’s Pleasuredome, 1950-1962, Author Barbara Houlton, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018. 
Barbara Houlton has written two books about Villa Surf, the magnificent home of Dan Dixon overlooking the ocean where Sunset Cliffs Natural Park has obliterated all evidence of its past and history. Beginning with the undeveloped site, its construction, its subsequent coverage in the Sunday edition of the San Diego Union, the books cover the early years.
The third volume is now being written, and the presentation to the Ocean Beach Historical Society includes the photos and news articles that form the basis for the volume not yet published.
Barbara Houlton has been a resident of Ocean Beach since 1959. She was one of four women engineers who rented Villa Surf from Dan Dixon when he frequented his other residence in Europe. The people who lived at Villa Surf and in the Life Estate Cottages have stayed in touch over the years. They have preserved the history, along with the information found in scrapbooks that Dan Dixon kept. These sources have formed the basis for the narrative. Barbara gave a fascinating OBHS program.

 

Warner Springs: A Cultural Landscape and Land of Broken Dreams

Warner-SpringsOBHS had a great program by Author Richard Carrico, on Sept 20, 2018- Warner Springs: A Cultural Landscape and Land of Broken Dreams, The story of Warner Springs and the surrounding area is a microcosm of the history of southern California. Situated at the foot of Hot Springs Mountain, the  highest peak in San Diego County, the sprawling valleys and hills have been the scene of massacres, insurrections, murder, alleged curses on the land, exploitation of native people, and land development focused on the sulphurous hot springs.
Richard Carrico, a well-known local author and lecturer will take the audience on a virtual tour through thousands of years of history within the area now known as Warner Springs. The cast of characters include Spanish priests, Antonio Garra an indigenous rebel leader and patriot, John J. Warner, Colonel Ed Fletcher, Charles Henshaw, John Wayne, Loretta Young, Bing Crosby, and many more.
We learned about places of intense cultural significance to local tribes, mythical rocks, forced religious conversions, confiscation of native lands, development of the hot springs, and the rich history of the modern Warner Springs Ranch Resort.

Nice article- Richard Carrico in Ocean Beach and His Story of Warner Springs Ranch:
obrag.org/2018/09/richard-carrico

FISH Documentary

fish-RaySurfing is alive and well in OB when a pact house (church) turned out for FISH! The Ocean Beach Historical Society presented: Joseph Ryan – Freeway Project presents the Documentary FISH, AUG 16, at Water’s Edge Faith Community
FISH is a look at the origin and impact of the Fish Surfboard design and how it would influence surf culture 40 years later.”
Presenter: Cher Pendarvis, Surfer, Artist, Author and Local surfer
CFish-web-smher introduced the film: The Fish surfboard design was innovated in Ocean Beach – Point Loma by Steve Lis in 1967. Local surfers who are passionate about the Fish surfboard design are interviewed and surfing in the film, including Steve Lis, Skip Frye, Jeff Ching, Stanley Pleskunas, Bird Huffman, Cher Pendarvis, Mitchell Peligrin, Trevor Neilsen, Cory Edging and others. Appearances by surf greats Mark Richards, David Rastovich and others.