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History Talks! The Gaslamp: It Wasn’t Always This Way.

History Talks! The Gaslamp: It Wasn’t Always This Way.

UPDATED 8/8/18 with new location

August 8, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Nowadays, the Gaslamp Quarter is a certified historic district renown for welcoming visitors and locals to world class restaurants, conventions, and nightlife- but it wasn’t always this way! Join us for our next History Talks! Lecture as Michael Stepner, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the New School of Architecture and Design recounts the modern history of how the Gaslamp Quarter became the destination it is today. He will discuss the vision, tools, resources, and people that made the Gaslamp Quarter. He will also explore how the policies and approaches that were used in the making of the Gaslamp Quarter have had an impact around San Diego and around the country.

The lecture will take place at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Extension, Chuang Archive & Learning Center

541 B Second Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist will 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!

 

 

History Talks! The Japanese Americans in the Gaslamp

History Talks! The Japanese Americans in the Gaslamp

July 11th, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Join Lecturer Linda Canada, outreach coordinator of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, to learn about the influence of the Japanese Americans who lived and worked in the Gaslamp. A special guest will be Yukio Kawamoto whose parents operated the immigrant hotel once known as the Anchor located on the top floor of the Royal Pie Bakery on Fourth Avenue.

The boom years of the 1880s brought an influx of people seeking opportunity in San Diego. Among this wave of newcomers, were Japanese seeking a new life here.  Many were involved in the fishing and farming communities, and several families operated businesses catering to fellow Japanese. Prior to World War Two, Japanese were part of the burgeoning commercial community within the Gaslamp Quarter. Join us as we take a closer look into the stories and contributions of Japanese and Japanese Americans who helped shape the history of this vibrant and multi-cultural district.

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delves 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!

 

 

History Talks! The Gaslamp 1985-2018: How it Happened

History Talks! The Gaslamp 1985-2018: How it Happened

When: Wednesday, June 13th at 7pm

Where: The Horton Grand Hotel, 311 Island Avenue 

Join the Gaslamp Museum for a look at how today’s Gaslamp was created by someone who was part of the transformation! Lecturer Bill Keller owned a business in the Gaslamp for many years will give a first hard account of the creation of the Gaslamp we know today.

Downtown San Diego was on a long, slow decline before Horton Plaza opened in 1985.  For most locals the Gaslamp area was a rough no-man’s land, home to porn shops and topless joints.  For those who recall the era, the transformation to today’s vibrant dining and entertainment district is stunning.  It’s historic.  How did it happen?

The story can be viewed from many angles.  The City’s Redevelopment Agency created a framework.  Architects and building owners revived classic properties one by one and added new infill projects.  Ingrid Croce took a huge risk in the Keating Building and blazed a trail.  Streetscene brought locals back Downtown while the SD Convention Center and the Padres ballpark generated thousands of new customers.

Bill and Joan Keller moved their store for travelers to Horton Plaza in 1985.  They bought the historic Labor Temple Building on 4th Ave in 1994 and moved Le TRAVEL STORE to the Gaslamp Quarter.  They had a street-level view of the transformation, and a seat at the table.  Bill was a board member of the Gaslamp Quarter Assn, the Clean and Safe program, the Downtown Parking Management Group and the DCPC community planning group.

Bill’s talk will review how today’s Gaslamp emerged, with a focus on generations of restaurants, clubs and stores that generate such exuberant diversity.

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!

 

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 2018. 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.

History Talks! Celebrating Bum

History Talks! Celebrating Bum

Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm

Bring your pooch and join us in the historic pocket park to hear the tale of a most remarkable canine friend! The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is celebrating Bum, San Diego’s official town dog. Lecturer Dan Haslam, Walkabout International tour guide and GQHF Board Member, will tell the story of San Diego’s beloved Bum.  Arriving in “New Town” San Diego as a stowaway on a ship from San Francisco in the late 1880s, Bum soon became well-known among the town folk as the “dog that belonged to no one but was loved by everyone.”

This History Talks! lecture will take place outside in the Davis-Horton House park. Dogs are welcome to attend!

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!

May 16 , 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

The Big Exchange 2018

The Big Exchange 2018

May 1-18

Membership has its privileges! The Big Exchange gives members of participating organizations reciprocal admission at more than 30 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County. Show your current membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed below.

Simply head to your favorite participating museum, tell your guest services representative that you are there for “The Big Exchange,” then show your member card from any participating museum for complimentary reciprocal admission. Maximum of four people per membership.

Each membership is reciprocal per guest or membership status. For example, a single membership would enjoy a similar access for one attendee at a participating museum. A family membership might enjoy entrance for up to four guests at another participating museum.

Participating museums:

  1. Barona Cultural Center & Museum*
  2. Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  3. California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
  4. California Surf Museum
  5. Coronado Museum of History & Art*
  6. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  7. Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
  8. Heritage of the Americas Museum
  9. Japanese Friendship Garden
  10. Living Coast Discovery Center
  11. Lux Art Institute
  12. Maritime Museum of San Diego
  13. Mingei International Museum
  14. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  15. Museum of Making Music
  16. Museum of Photographic Arts
  17. New Americans Museum*
  18. Oceanside Museum of Art
  19. San Diego Archaeological Center
  20. San Diego Art Institute
  21. San Diego Automotive Museum
  22. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  23. San Diego History Center
  24. San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  25. San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)
  26. The New Children’s Museum
  27. The San Diego Museum of Art
  28. Timken Museum of Art*
  29. USS Midway Museum
  30. Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
  31. Visions Art Museum
  32. Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
  33. Water Conservation Garden*
  34. Whaley House Museum

*Denotes museums that do not charge admission.

Please note: Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders are not included in this program.

Current Exhibit

Current Exhibit

CURRENTLY CLOSED

This exhibit will reopen after a gallery renovation

Notable Women of the Gaslamp Quarter” 

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is excited to announce its new exhibit “Notable Women of the Gaslamp”.  The exhibit focuses on eight women who shaped the Gaslamp’s history and present, from the ‘first lady’ of New town San Diego in the 1850s Maria de Jesus Estudillo Davis to modern day change marker Dorothy Hom. Learn about the impact of the early professional and entrepreneurial women who are essential pieces of the Gaslamp’s story.

 

Admission to the exhibit is included with all tours.

History Talks! Gals of the Gaslamp

History Talks! Gals of the Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton Houses continues their look at the remarkable women who lived, worked, and shaped Gaslamp Quarter History with a lecture on the scandalous women of the Stingaree!  Join us for the History Talks! lecture Gals of the Gaslamp with Imozelle and Jim McVeigh, GQHF tour guides for the monthly Shady Ladies and Hop Heads tour. Come hear the remarkable and notorious true stories of the Gaslamp Quarter’s infamous Madam Cora, Madam Ida Baily, and more!

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!

 

April 11, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

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. ###