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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!

 

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. ###

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.

MACY’S MUSEUM MONTH

MACY’S MUSEUM MONTH

Visit us with your Museum Month Pass and get half off self-guided admission to the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House!

Macy’s Museum Month is back for its 29th year this February. San Diegans and tourists are invited to enjoy half-off admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) member museums the entire month.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, or nature lover, the SDMC has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest. And with these special savings that are only offered once a year, it’s a great time to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of. See below for the full roster of participating organizations.

Aspiring museum-goers can pick up a Free Museum Month pass at any Macy’s in San Diego, Temecula or Imperial Valley-find a store near you-beginning February 1, 2018. Each pass admits up to four people at half price. Each pass also features an exclusive coupon for up to 20% savings at Macy’s. Promotion ends February 28, 2018. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions and events at participating museums.

 

For more information and a list of participating Museums please visit the Museum Council website by clicking here.