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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.

Adult Education Programs at the GQHF

Adult Education Programs at the GQHF

History in Your Community

The GQHF  is happy to bring the history of the Gaslamp Quarter straight into your community!  Our educators can speak about  architecture, early San Diego history, and life downtown from 1850 to 1920.  With the help of photos and props the lessons come alive in the convenience of your own facility.


A Walk Through Time

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 a guided tour, filled with stories about the House and its past residents, visitors can better imagine life in San Diego between 1850 and 1920. There is also a gallery with rotating exhibits based on the artifacts of the Museum collection.  60 minutes.


Historical Block Tour

This program focuses on the historical and architectural heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter as represented through its stately, historic buildings. This one block walking tour is ideal for those desiring  a close-up look at the different architectural styles of  the Gaslamp Quarter., while avoiding a lengthy walk or street crossing. Duration: 45 minutes, 75 minutes with added House Tour.

For those interested in a longer walk, our Gaslamp

Walking Tour encompasses many of the significant buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter and features information on the district’s architecture and history. This tour is generally around one half mile of walking.

Duration: 60 minutes, 90 minutes with added House Tour.


Lunch

Make it a day in the Gaslamp!  The GQHF has teamed up with the Horton Grand Hotel to create a special experience for groups looking to spend more time in the area. Join us for the tour of your choice and then have Lunch or Afternoon Tea at Ida Bailey’s restaurant in the historic Horton Grand Hotel. The Horton Grand is conveniently located across the street from the Museum.


Pocket Park

Our Pocket Park is featured on many of our tours. It is home to the beautiful bronze statues of Bum the Dog and his friend Greyfriars Bobby. Both can “talk” with the aid of a QR Code and tell their own story. The Park is a wonderful, shady place for a rest before or after your tour.

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! 

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.

 

Fallback Festival

Fallback Festival

Sunday-November 6
Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold,  saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment.

Your kiddos will go plum crazy as you take a step back in time at the 15th annual Fall Back Festival, a Children’s Historical Street Faire, on Sunday November 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter.

The event proceeds will benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, to assist in the continued effort to preserve the history of the Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego for years to come.

The Fall Back Festival is FREE* to the public.

*some activities require a nominal fee.

Call the Museum for information: 619-233-4692.

For vendor opportunities, contact McFarlane promotions directly: 619-233-5008.

 

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GQHF Needs Fall Back Volunteers

 Help make this year’s event a success by supporting the festival as a volunteer in our children’s carnival, our information booth, or at our contest and entertainment stages!

If you or know of anyone you know would enjoy volunteering for GQHF and the street faire, please contact us at 619-233-4692 or via email, [email protected].