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Education Programs at the GQHF

The Gaslamp Museum offers a range of school programs that can be adapted from preschool through high school. Each program has been designed to highlight an important aspect of the Gaslamp and Downtown San Diego’s history. The Davis-Horton House is a time capsule of early San Diego living history.

 

A Walk Through Time at GQHF

All Grades

The Davis-Horton House is the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego, dating to 1850. The House was a barracks for military officers, home to San Diego’s Founding Father, Alonzo Horton, the first county hospital, a boarding house, an illegal distillery, a look-out for a German spy, plus much more! Through illuminating stories of its past residents and an exploration of the House, students can better imagine life in San Diego between 1850 and 1920. $4 per student. 60 minutes.


History with Bum the Dog

K-4th Grades

Children go back in time to the 1890s as they hear about to our beloved town dog, Bum.  They’ll learn about this furry icon of San  Diego history and the many places, historical figures and points of interest that Bum visited. This program is kept onsite with a tour of the House, a visit to the pocket park for a close-up look at Bum’s statue, and a puppet making activity or story time.  Older grades will enjoy a House tour, stories by the statue of Bum, and short walk around the Gaslamp to look at several notable buildings up close. They’ll also receive an activity book on the architecture of the Gaslamp to take back to class with them. $6 per student. 90 minutes.


Culture Connections

5th–8th grade

This 90-minute Walking Tour and House Tour explores the cultural influence of various groups of people such as Native Americans, Mexicans, Filipinos, African-Americans, Chinese, Japanese, and others, on the Gaslamp Quarter. Students will explore the era between 1850-1920, a time when the Gaslamp was a vibrant community of many races, religions, and languages.  The Walking Tour portion will explore the influence of  different cultures on the architecture of the area and the tour of the House will provide a unique glimpse into what it was like to live in that time period.  $6 per student. 90 minutes.

 


Building Blocks

5th-High School

This program focuses on the architectural heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter as represented through its stately, historic buildings. The stylized structures express the traits of  several architectural themes present within the nationally designated Historic Gaslamp District. This program includes a walking tour to allow students a close up look at several important architectural styles of the Gaslamp and a STEAM inspired building exercise. $6 per student. 90 minutes. Optional tour of the Davis-Horton House available (adds 30 minutes)

 


History in the Classroom

All Grades

The GQHF  is happy to bring the history of the Gaslamp straight into your classroom!  Our educators can teach lessons on architecture, early San Diego history, and life downtown from 1850 to 1920.  With the help of pictures and props, the lessons come alive in the convenience of your own classroom. Free Program.


Pocket Park

Our Pocket Park is featured on many of our tours. It is home to  home to the beautiful bronze statues of Bum the Dog and his friend Grey Friar’s Bobby. Both can  “talk” with the add of a QR Code and tell their own story. The Park is a wonderful, shady place for snack,  an activity or lunch breaks.


Internships

GQHF offers internships to high school students who wish to build their resumes and college application profiles through volunteerism. College and university students may earn course credit through internships offered each semester or quarter. Please contact us to inquire about available opportunities.

 

Changing Silhouettes Throughout the 19th Century: Clothing and Understructure

Presented by Cindy Piselli and Valarie LaBore

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the return of its popular “History Talks!” series in 2017. The first lecture will be Sunday, March 5th at 3pm at the Gaslamp Museum in the Mary Jorlamon Gallery. Clothing experts, Cindy Piselli and Valarie LaBore will share their extensive knowledge on the clothing of the 19th century.

Cindy and Valarie are both members and past Presidents of the San Diego Costume Guild, as well as members of the Costumers Guild West.  Cindy is also a member of the Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society.  Valarie has given a presentation on bloomer gowns at the annual ALHFAM conference in Williamsburg, VA. Cindy has co-lectured on fashion here in San Diego with author Garner Palenske, who wrote Wyatt Earp in San Diego.  Both ladies have several years of experience producing and narrating historical fashion shows, and presenting lectures at events such as Costume College, and for various guilds and clubs.

Join us for an afternoon of fashion and history!

The Big Exchange 2017

The Big Exchange 2017

May 1-31st 2017

Membership has its privileges! The Big Exchange gives members of participating organizations reciprocal admission at 35 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. Once you arrive, tell your guest services representative that you are there for “the Big Exchange,” then show your membership card from any museum on the list for complimentary reciprocal admission.

Participating museums:

  • Barona Museum & Cultural Center*
  • Birch Aquarium
  • Bonita Museum
  • California Surf Museum
  • Coronado Museum of History & Art*
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  • Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
  • Heritage of the Americas Museum
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Living Coast Discovery Center
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • Museum of Making Music
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • New Americans Museum*
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • San Diego Archaeological Center
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
  • The New Children’s Museum
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • Timken Museum of Art*
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
  • Visions Art Museum
  • Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
  • Water Conservation Garden*
  • Whaley House Museum
  • Women’s Museum of California

*Denotes museums that do not charge admission.

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