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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

The Spy in the Attic  October 18th

The Spy in the Attic October 18th

The next installment of the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton’s History Talks! lecture series explores a little known story of San Diego espionage. On October 18th, GQHF Historian, Sandee Wilhoit, will share her research into a fascinating part of Davis-Horton House history, when a German spy set up operations in the attic. German officer Karl Offer used the attics vantage point to watch and report on the movement of the American Pacific Fleet in San Diego Bay.  Come learn the story of Karl Offer and the Davis-Horton House’s place in espionage history!

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.

Halloween Paranormal Investigation

Halloween Paranormal Investigation

Legend has it that the boundary between this world and the next is thinnest on Halloween night. Join the Gaslamp Museum and the San Diego Ghost Hunters for an extra special Paranormal Investigation and see for yourself!

This is our last Paranormal Investigation on the year! Buy your tickets before its too late.

The Davis-Horton House: Alive with Spirits from the Past?  

Touted by many as, “the most haunted house in the Gaslamp Quarter,” the Davis-Horton House has become a popular place for investigating paranormal activities — occurrences that fall outside of what’s considered normal or that can’t be explained scientifically. Paranormal research teams present evidence to support their claims of having made contact with several house spirits. They’ve recorded voices, taken photos, and shot video to document their surprising findings.  These other-worldly experiences are available to the public through monthly Paranormal Investigations tours, led by San Diego Ghost Huntersa professional paranormal research team that conducts on-site investigations. You may bring cameras, smart-phones, and digital sound recorders, but NO PROFESSIONAL MEDIA EQUIPMENT is allowed with guests.

Since space is limited, we require that you make reservations and pay in advance for the Investigation.  You may make your reservation via our website, or you can call for reservations at (619) 233-4692. Tickets must be purchased by 4pm the day of the Investigation. Tickets cannot be purchased at the Investigation.

NO REFUNDS.  If you must cancel your reservation, we will re-schedule you for a future tour date (future dates will be in 2018)

Admission for this two-hour tour and investigation is $40.00. Click Here to Buy Tickets 

Since the Davis-Horton House is an historical museum, we ask that you please respect the house, its contents, and its past residents. Thank you for leaving behind any food and drink; alcohol is not allowed either. Inebriated guests will not be allowed to participate.

Guests under the age of 18 must to be accompanied by an adult. The investigation is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.

Sells out at 20 people

 

History Talks! Medical Care in Early San Diego

History Talks! Medical Care in Early San Diego

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House’s lecture series next installment explores medicine’s development in San Diego.  “Early Medical Care in San Diego” will delve into the techniques and instruments used in years past to treat disease and injury. Giving the lecture is the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House’s Executive Director, Catalina Preskill, M.D.

Dr. Preskill retired as a pediatrician from Kaiser Permanente after thirty years and is a volunteer physician at the St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic. Her lecture will look into the fascinating world of early medicine and the Davis-Horton House’s place in the medical history of San Diego.  Mrs. Anna Scheper ran the first County Hospital in downtown San Diego out of the Davis-Horton house for nine years. The Hospital room memorializes this piece of the Houses history.

Come learn about another facet of the Davis-Horton House and San Diego’s history and perhaps leave with a bit of “Old-Time medical advice”!

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!

 

Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Monster Bash 2017

Monster Bash 2017

THE 17TH ANNUAL MONSTER BASH  San Diego’s Largest Halloween Outdoor Block Party Saturday, October 28th, 2017

San Diego, CA – The 17th Annual Monster Bash returns on Saturday, October 28th from 6pm to Midnight to transform the iconic Gaslamp Quarter into a wicked wonderland unlike ever seen before. Drawing flocks of costumed crowds from every state in the US, Monster Bash has earned its title as one of So Cal’s hottest Halloween block parties and 2017 promises to be the biggest show yet. The event boasts five themed stages to transport revelers into hellish realms of fear and intrigue with stacked lineups of world class entertainment with DJ sets and live performances by trap, edm, hip hop, house, and progressive artists.

Each year Monster Bash pushes the limits of creativity with epic themed stages that transport partygoers out of Downtown and into twisted realms that tip-toe the line between guests’ most twisted fantasies and biggest fears. Step right up to the big top terror of Clown Carnage where menacing painted faces lurk from every corner. Phantom clowns have been disturbing the country with their eerie appearances and they have now found their haven within the Monster Bash venue. The hot pink mansion of your childhood memories has gotten a gruesome makeover as your plastic host exacts her revenge on her torturous puppet masters in the Twisted Dream House. Don’t let the beautiful blondes fool you here – their melted faces hide a troubling secret that they won’t soon forget! At the Asylum, if you can read the writing on the wall, it is too late to turn back. Consumed by darkness and unable to escape, the Asylum introduces you to a gang of abandoned asylum patients who have come to exact their revenge on the partygoers of Monster Bash.  A wasteland of forgotten corpses, dismembered creatures, and swarms of pestilence, Death & Decay is a nightmare come alive. Come to terms with your own morality and beware the kiss of death hanging on the air. Come to this stage to be judged and deemed fit for the $5K costume contest finals.

Partygoers can upgrade their ticket with VIP perks to take their experience to the next level with exclusive access into the Black Butterfly VIP. Within the twisted darkness of the Black Butterfly VIP, attendees enjoy 5 complimentary drinks, easy access entry, a VIP lounge,  $1 off all drinks at the VIP bar, private upgraded comfort station restrooms (no more going in the dark!), and more!

NEW this year we are revamping the competition with the Death & Decay stage, a dedicated costume contest stage where everyone can be judged by a celebrity panel of your favorite local radio jocks! Monster Bash hosts San Diego’s most creative, over-the-top costumed revelers as they compete in the infamous Monster Bash Costume Contest. Ditch store-bought costumes and start planning your costume now for your chance to win over $5000 in CASH prizes.

 

Ticket Pricing Tiers:

GA                                                                                           VIP

    $30 through September 7th                                               $70 through September 7th

•       $40 through October 5th

•       $50 through October 19th

•       $55 through October 27th

•       $60 on the day of

•       $75 through October 5th

•       $85 through October 19th

•       $95 through October 27th

•       $110 on the day of

 

**Active and retired military take $5 off GA and $10 off VIP at each price tier

 

Your Monster Bash wristband also gets you food and drink specials and free cover at over 20 different participating restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.  You must be 21+ and have a valid photo ID to enter.

This event benefits The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and East Village Association, which promote, protect, and preserve the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village through advocacy, community relations, and promotional programs.  For more ticket or event information, visit SanDiegoMonsterBash.com or call McFarlane Promotions, Inc. at 619.233.5008.

Google Grants

 

August 11, 2017

The Gaslamp Museum is the recipient of a $10,000 Google Ads Grant. The GQHF  partnered with Goozleology to apply for the Google Grant to drive traffic to our new, mobile-friendly website.

What is Google Ad Grants?
Google Ad Grants is part of Google for Non-Profits where qualifying non-profits of all sizes can receive up to $10,000 per month for in-kind advertising in Google’s search results. From there, a non-profit can receive targeted visitors to their website’s pages. The Google Ad Grant website states, “You could recruit more volunteers. Attract more donations. And share your story with audiences all over the globe. It’s all possible with Google Ad Grants.”

GQHF Case Study
CAF signed up for Google Ad Grants in a simple online process. Ed with Goozleology helped the GQHF set up the site for Google AdWords. He and the staff worked together to uncover unique keywords that have been helpful in driving more traffic to the site.

Over the last six months that the grant has been in effect, the GQHF website  has experienced  the following over last year:

  • Users: Increased by 41.6%
  • Sessions up by 35.9%
  • $5365/mo in in-kind advertising on Google

 

Goozleology works to help non-profits maximize their online presence through free Google AdWords. This has enabled the GQHF to share our mission with a new audience. Thanks, Ed and Goozzleology!

History Talks! Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses

History Talks! Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses

The Gaslamp Museum continues its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Alonzo Horton in San Diego with a lecture on Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses on Wednesday, August 16th at 7pm! The lecture, given by Sandee Wilhoit GQHF Historian and Lead Tour Guide, will delve into her research on Horton’s wives and his houses in San Diego.

Historical records and accounts from the time give varying accounts on how many wives Horton had in his life, numbers range from 3 to 5! Through Horton’s 42 years in San Diego he bought, built, and sold, many houses around the city. Today, only the Davis-Horton House remains. View seldom seen photos of the lost buildings and hear the stories they tell about San Diego’s early history.

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!

 

Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

History Talks! Alonzo Horton and the Founding of New Town San Diego

History Talks! Alonzo Horton and the Founding of New Town San Diego

 

Join us July 12th for a History Talks! lecture to celebrate the opening of the Gaslamp Museum’s new exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Alonzo Horton. Learn about Horton and the founding of downtown San Diego with a lecture by Richard Crawford, Author of several books on San Diego History and Head Librarian of Special Collections at the Central Library.

Free for Member, $5 Non-Members.

In the News: The News in San Diego and San Diego in the News

In the News: The News in San Diego and San Diego in the News

 

Currently on display in the Mary Jorlamon Gallery at The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is “In the News: The News in San Diego and San Diego in the News”.

The exhibition features a variety of vintage newspapers from the Museum’s collection. The papers span from a facsimile of the first newspaper published in San Diego in 1851 to papers from the 1930s. The papers cover important events that happened in San Diego and events that impacted the world as they were reported in San Diego newspapers. From the sinking of the Titanic to a list of letters left in the post office in 1851, the newspaper collection gives a unique glimpse into the everyday workings of San Diego’s past.

Playing in the Museum gallery is a video interview with the General Manager of KPBS, Tom Karlo, which explores the way people get their news in today’s fast paced digital world.

Newspapers were generously donated by Cindy and Martin Blair.

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 12pm to 3:30pm.

Closing in May! See it now before the newspapers return to the archives.