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The Spy in the Attic  October 18th

The Spy in the Attic October 18th

The next installment of the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton’s History Talks! lecture series explores a little known story of San Diego espionage. On October 18th, GQHF Historian, Sandee Wilhoit, will share her research into a fascinating part of Davis-Horton House history, when a German spy set up operations in the attic. German officer Karl Offer used the attics vantage point to watch and report on the movement of the American Pacific Fleet in San Diego Bay.  Come learn the story of Karl Offer and the Davis-Horton House’s place in espionage history!

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

October 18, 2017 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Halloween Paranormal Investigation

Halloween Paranormal Investigation

Legend has it that the boundary between this world and the next is thinnest on Halloween night. Join the Gaslamp Museum and the San Diego Ghost Hunters for an extra special Paranormal Investigation and see for yourself!

This is our last Paranormal Investigation on the year! Buy your tickets before its too late.

The Davis-Horton House: Alive with Spirits from the Past?  

Touted by many as, “the most haunted house in the Gaslamp Quarter,” the Davis-Horton House has become a popular place for investigating paranormal activities — occurrences that fall outside of what’s considered normal or that can’t be explained scientifically. Paranormal research teams present evidence to support their claims of having made contact with several house spirits. They’ve recorded voices, taken photos, and shot video to document their surprising findings.  These other-worldly experiences are available to the public through monthly Paranormal Investigations tours, led by San Diego Ghost Huntersa professional paranormal research team that conducts on-site investigations. You may bring cameras, smart-phones, and digital sound recorders, but NO PROFESSIONAL MEDIA EQUIPMENT is allowed with guests.

Since space is limited, we require that you make reservations and pay in advance for the Investigation.  You may make your reservation via our website, or you can call for reservations at (619) 233-4692. Tickets must be purchased by 4pm the day of the Investigation. Tickets cannot be purchased at the Investigation.

NO REFUNDS.  If you must cancel your reservation, we will re-schedule you for a future tour date (future dates will be in 2018)

Admission for this two-hour tour and investigation is $40.00. Click Here to Buy Tickets 

Since the Davis-Horton House is an historical museum, we ask that you please respect the house, its contents, and its past residents. Thank you for leaving behind any food and drink; alcohol is not allowed either. Inebriated guests will not be allowed to participate.

Guests under the age of 18 must to be accompanied by an adult. The investigation is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.

Sells out at 20 people

 

History Talks! Medical Care in Early San Diego

History Talks! Medical Care in Early San Diego

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House’s lecture series next installment explores medicine’s development in San Diego.  “Early Medical Care in San Diego” will delve into the techniques and instruments used in years past to treat disease and injury. Giving the lecture is the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House’s Executive Director, Catalina Preskill, M.D.

Dr. Preskill retired as a pediatrician from Kaiser Permanente after thirty years and is a volunteer physician at the St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic. Her lecture will look into the fascinating world of early medicine and the Davis-Horton House’s place in the medical history of San Diego.  Mrs. Anna Scheper ran the first County Hospital in downtown San Diego out of the Davis-Horton house for nine years. The Hospital room memorializes this piece of the Houses history.

Come learn about another facet of the Davis-Horton House and San Diego’s history and perhaps leave with a bit of “Old-Time medical advice”!

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

 

Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Google Grants

 

August 11, 2017

The Gaslamp Museum is the recipient of a $10,000 Google Ads Grant. The GQHF  partnered with Goozleology to apply for the Google Grant to drive traffic to our new, mobile-friendly website.

What is Google Ad Grants?
Google Ad Grants is part of Google for Non-Profits where qualifying non-profits of all sizes can receive up to $10,000 per month for in-kind advertising in Google’s search results. From there, a non-profit can receive targeted visitors to their website’s pages. The Google Ad Grant website states, “You could recruit more volunteers. Attract more donations. And share your story with audiences all over the globe. It’s all possible with Google Ad Grants.”

GQHF Case Study
CAF signed up for Google Ad Grants in a simple online process. Ed with Goozleology helped the GQHF set up the site for Google AdWords. He and the staff worked together to uncover unique keywords that have been helpful in driving more traffic to the site.

Over the last six months that the grant has been in effect, the GQHF website  has experienced  the following over last year:

  • Users: Increased by 41.6%
  • Sessions up by 35.9%
  • $5365/mo in in-kind advertising on Google

 

Goozleology works to help non-profits maximize their online presence through free Google AdWords. This has enabled the GQHF to share our mission with a new audience. Thanks, Ed and Goozzleology!

History Talks! Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses

History Talks! Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses

The Gaslamp Museum continues its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Alonzo Horton in San Diego with a lecture on Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses on Wednesday, August 16th at 7pm! The lecture, given by Sandee Wilhoit GQHF Historian and Lead Tour Guide, will delve into her research on Horton’s wives and his houses in San Diego.

Historical records and accounts from the time give varying accounts on how many wives Horton had in his life, numbers range from 3 to 5! Through Horton’s 42 years in San Diego he bought, built, and sold, many houses around the city. Today, only the Davis-Horton House remains. View seldom seen photos of the lost buildings and hear the stories they tell about San Diego’s early history.

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

 

Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

History Talks! Alonzo Horton and the Founding of New Town San Diego

History Talks! Alonzo Horton and the Founding of New Town San Diego

 

Join us July 12th for a History Talks! lecture to celebrate the opening of the Gaslamp Museum’s new exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Alonzo Horton. Learn about Horton and the founding of downtown San Diego with a lecture by Richard Crawford, Author of several books on San Diego History and Head Librarian of Special Collections at the Central Library.

Free for Member, $5 Non-Members.

Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego

Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego

 

“Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego”

 The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is excited to announce the new exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” opening June 14, 2017 at the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival that would change San Diego’s history forever. On April 17, 1867 Alonzo Horton arrived on a ship from San Francisco and saw in the dusty fields the possibility of a great city along the bay. He soon purchased a large plot of land on which he would tirelessly build New Town San Diego, now downtown San Diego, for the next 42 years. His influence is still seen in much of our beloved city and his name adorns many of our buildings and landmarks.

The exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” chronicles the life of San Diego’s founding father Alonzo Horton and the early growth of New Town San Diego.  On view are the Museum’s collections of photos, maps, and ephemera related to Horton.

As the only residence of Alonzo Horton still standing in San Diego, the Davis-Horton House is the perfect setting to view the collection of Horton’s life and times. Admission to the exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” is included in the price of admission to the Museum.

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s lecture series “History Talks!” will return on July 12th at 7pm with a lecture by Richard Crawford, Author and Head Librarian of Special Collections at the Central Library.

Learn more about Horton here. 

 

Check out this segment CBS 8 did on the exhibit!

In the News: The News in San Diego and San Diego in the News

In the News: The News in San Diego and San Diego in the News

 

Currently on display in the Mary Jorlamon Gallery at The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is “In the News: The News in San Diego and San Diego in the News”.

The exhibition features a variety of vintage newspapers from the Museum’s collection. The papers span from a facsimile of the first newspaper published in San Diego in 1851 to papers from the 1930s. The papers cover important events that happened in San Diego and events that impacted the world as they were reported in San Diego newspapers. From the sinking of the Titanic to a list of letters left in the post office in 1851, the newspaper collection gives a unique glimpse into the everyday workings of San Diego’s past.

Playing in the Museum gallery is a video interview with the General Manager of KPBS, Tom Karlo, which explores the way people get their news in today’s fast paced digital world.

Newspapers were generously donated by Cindy and Martin Blair.

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 12pm to 3:30pm.

Closing in May! See it now before the newspapers return to the archives.

We are a Blue Star Museum!

We are a Blue Star Museum!

Calling all active duty military! If you are looking for family vacation ideas this summer, you can visit Gaslamp Museum for free through the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums are more than 2,000 museums nationwide which offer free admission to active duty military and up to five family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. Free admission applies to National Guard and Reserve members too! For a full list of museums nationwide, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families leverages data-driven insights to curate resources for military families, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and served more than 4 million military family members. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit bluestarfam.org for more information.