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History Talks! Gentlewomen of the Gaslamp Quarter

History Talks! Gentlewomen of the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House will open their new exhibit “Notable Women of the Gaslamp” with a special History Talks! lecture: Gentlewomen of the Gaslamp on March 14th! Lecturers Catalina Preskill, GQHF Executive Director, and Sandee Wilhoit, GQHF Historian, will tell the stories of six remarkable women. From the “first lady” of New Town San Diego in the 1850s to a modern day change maker, their stories helped to shape the Gaslamp’s history and present. Join us to hear their extraordinary stories!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the second part of our exhibit lecture History Talks! Gals of the Gaslamp on April 11th. Join us to hear the stories of the entrepreneurial women who called the Gaslamp their home.

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. ###

History Talks! Kick-Starting the Redevelopment of the Gaslamp Quarter

History Talks! Kick-Starting the Redevelopment of the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Museum’s History Talks! lecture series continues on February 7, 2018 with a look at how Federal Tax incentives for historic preservation helped to kick-start the redevelopment efforts of the Gaslamp Quarter.  Marie Burke Lia, Land Use Attorney, will give a first person account of how tax incentives helped to shape and preserve the Gaslamp Quarter into what it is today!

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!

 

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House 410 Island Avenue, San Diego CA 9201. February 7, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

MACY’S MUSEUM MONTH

MACY’S MUSEUM MONTH

Visit us with your Museum Month Pass and get half off self-guided admission to the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House!

Macy’s Museum Month is back for its 29th year this February. San Diegans and tourists are invited to enjoy half-off admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) member museums the entire month.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, or nature lover, the SDMC has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest. And with these special savings that are only offered once a year, it’s a great time to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of. See below for the full roster of participating organizations.

Aspiring museum-goers can pick up a Free Museum Month pass at any Macy’s in San Diego, Temecula or Imperial Valley-find a store near you-beginning February 1, 2018. Each pass admits up to four people at half price. Each pass also features an exclusive coupon for up to 20% savings at Macy’s. Promotion ends February 28, 2018. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions and events at participating museums.

 

For more information and a list of participating Museums please visit the Museum Council website by clicking here.

San Diego ShamROCK 2018

San Diego ShamROCK 2018

San Diego shamROCK is back to celebrate its 24th year! It’s San Diego’s biggest Saint Patrick’s Day bash on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 from 4:00 pm to Midnight. Over 20,000 attendees from across the U.S. flock to the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village each year to partake in a celebration so grand that it will leave you wondering what side of the pond you’re on. Over 50,000 square feet of astroturf will be rolled out to set the scene for an absolutely epic block party. We’ll have three stages, non-stop music, and of course – plenty of green Bud Light beer and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey libations.
 
Whether you are looking for Irish rock or bass heavy beats, shamROCK’s diverse lineup is guaranteed to make you shake your clovers. We feature nationally recognized Irish rock and Celtic bands and top DJs across three stages. Top it off with the hottest plaid-clad go-go dancers and traditional Irish steppers in town, and you have a recipe for the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day celebration!
 
Grab your friends, don your green attire, and head to the Gaslamp Quarter this St. Patrick’s Day. Experience firsthand the Emerald Isle of the West Coast at shamROCK! Tickets to this event start at just $40 for General Admission and $80 for VIP! San Diego shamROCK is produced by and benefits the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. This organization focuses on the development and preservation of Downtown San Diego.


Don’t Miss the MOST ROCKIN’ St. Patrick’s Day  Celebration in Southern California: ShamROCK 2018!

 

 

Shady Ladies and Hop Heads Tour

Shady Ladies and Hop Heads Tour

Our newest guided tour to hit the streets- and this time, the bars!- of the Gaslamp. Created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding New Town San Diego, now downtown, the combination historical tour and pub crawl explores the historic Gaslamp District.

Follow your guide back in time to hear about the Gaslamp Quarter back when it was called the “Stingaree” and was infamous for its teeming red-light district. Learn about the historic buildings and colorful characters that populated them— and perhaps even meet a few of them along the way! Along the way enjoy a drink*- or just a seat- at three historic bars that are original to the Gaslamp Quarter.

The Shady Ladies and Hop Heads tour will take place once a month beginning in March!

Dates for 2017 and 2018:

Friday, December 8

Friday, January 12

Friday, February 9

Friday, March 9

*Please note: drinks are not included in price.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE! 

History Talks! Saving the Horton Grand Hotel from Destruction

History Talks! Saving the Horton Grand Hotel from Destruction

Did you know the Horton Grand Hotel was moved in the 1980s? Did you know it’s façade is made up of more than one building? Come find out the fascinating history of San Diego’s iconic Horton Grand Hotel! Hear the first-hand story on how the preservation of the Horton Grand came to be. Saving the Horton Grand Hotel from Destruction will take an inside look with the Developer of the Horton Grand, Dan Pearson, on how the hotel was moved from its original spot and given new life on Island Avenue. Special guest Kit Goldman will join for a Q & A. The lecture will take place at the Horton Grand Hotel on Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm.

History Talks! Saving the Horton Grand Hotel from Destruction is generously sponsored by the Horton Grand Hotel.

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House and GQHF administrative offices will have shortened hours for the following holidays:

Thanksgiving: 

Wednesday, November 22nd- Closing Early. Museum open 10-1pm. (last tour 12:30)

Thursday, November 23rd- Closed

Friday, November 24th- Closed

Christmas: 

Sunday, December 24th- Closed

Monday, December 25th- Closed

Tuesday, December 26th- Closed

New Years:

Sunday, December 31st- Closed

Monday, January 1st- Closed

Current Exhibit

Current Exhibit

 

“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!