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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 2018:

Friday, April 6

Friday, May 18

Friday, June 15

 

*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

Past Exhibits

Past Exhibits

 

“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!

Education Programs at the GQHF

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. All tour rates are based on a minimum of 20 students.

 

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.

 

History Talks! Why do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?

History Talks! Why do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?

Join the Gaslamp Museum in exploring the fascinating story behind the historic architecture of the Davis-Horton House with our History Talks! lecture Why Do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?  The lecture takes place at the Gaslamp Museum on Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm. Dan Haslam, a current GQHF Board Member and retired attorney, will share his research into how an architectural style that originated in Cape Cod traveled across the west to end up in places such as San Diego, Sacramento, and even Honolulu.

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!

November 15, 2017 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

History for the Holidays

History for the Holidays

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is pleased to announce their holiday open house “History for the Holidays” Sunday, December 10th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please join us in welcoming the holidays with free tours of the Davis-Horton House. Whether you are seeing the house for the first time or hundredth, our beautiful holiday decorations are sure to get you in a festive spirit. Our Docent team will be dressed in their Victorian best and ready to tell you fascinating stories about the house and its past residents. Don’t miss this special holiday event!

 

Watch The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Pet Parade presented by Blue Buffalo jingle its way down 4th avenue at 3:00pm from our pocket park!

 

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