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History Talks! Lecture Series: Romantic Victorians: Dating, Marriage, and Love.

History Talks! Lecture Series: Romantic Victorians: Dating, Marriage, and Love.

Looking for a Valentine? Maybe the Victorians can help! Join us for our next History Talks! Lecture as Sandee Wilhoit, GQHF Historian, and Jamie Laird, GQHF Visitor Services Coordinator, delve into the intricate customs and traditions surrounding dating, marriage, and love in the Victorian Era. Become versed in the strict courting rules, elaborate Victorian flirting techniques like the “Language of the Fan,” and all that was expected when both parties finally said, “I do.” Learn about Romanticism- a movement that gained momentum in the late 1800s- which emphasized inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual and how it not only influenced Art and Literature but also ideas and romantic notions of the Victorian era.

 

Location: Chuang Archive and Learning Center 541 2nd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist will 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!

 

February 13, 2019 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Day Trip to Borrego

Day Trip to Borrego

                                                Join us for a unique Spring tour!

The GQHF and Walkabout International are teaming up to bring you day trip to see the beautiful desert wild flowers and a chance to breathe the fresh mountain air! 

Join your new Walkabout friends and GQHF fans for a day long bus tour on Thursday, Feb. 28 to eastern San Diego County. You’ll have a morning departure from Liberty Station (home of Walkabout International)(free parking), a rest room stop and shopping opportunity at Dudley’s Bakery. As we get into the desert we will stop for photos and a short walk to see some hard-to-find wildflowers in Surprise Canyon. Next we’re off to the Borrego Springs Visitor Center & Museum for a visit and a chance to eat your boxed/picnic lunch. We’ll have a discussion about flora and fauna in the area, and then reboard the bus to visit Ricardo Breceda’s “Sky Gallery” spread throughout Borrego Springs. Stops will be made so you can photograph these unique desert sculptures and see additional wildflowers as well. Joining us today will be Walter Konopka, Walkabout’s featured naturalist, who has led many tours of the spring time desert. (His discussion on the sex lives of desert insects and plants is not to be missed!) On our return trip back to San Diego, we’ll stop in Julian, where GQHF board member and historian Dan Haslam will lead our group on a walking tour of the village.

 

The trip price of $59 per person includes round trip bus transportation, all gratuities, a picnic lunch, bottled water and snacks, and the services of your tour leaders.

 

Your check for $59 per person should be made payable to and mailed to Walkabout International, 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92106. Mark your check “GQHF Borrego Day Trip.”

 

Do not delay as this trip sells out quickly whenever offered and only a limited number of seats are available.

 

If you would like a mailed itinerary of the trip, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope plus your email address so specific pick up instructions can be emailed to you.

 

Questions? Email Dan Haslam at [email protected].

 

February is Museum Month in San Diego!

February is Museum Month in San Diego!

 

That means HALF PRICED ADMISSION at over 40 museums for the month of February.

San Diego area residents and visitors are in for a special treat in February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at any of the participating libraries (see link below), or when you stay at a Hilton to enjoy 50% off the cost of admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) member museums. The Museum Month pass is free and can be used an unlimited number of times* throughout the month of February.

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.

Take advantage of this annual program to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of!

*Up to four guests (any age) can receive 50% off the cost regular admission when the pass is presented. Note that some museums may have other fees for special exhibits or programs.

For more information on participating libraries and museums visit the San Diego Museum Council website here .

San Diego ShamROCK 2019

San Diego ShamROCK 2019

Party with a Purpose! Did you know the GQHF has been producing and benefiting from ShamRock for 25 years? ShamRock is the greatest, greenest party of the year in the Gaslamp, and is also our largest fundraiser! Help to preserve and protect the Gaslamp while having a rockin’ good time!

Celebrating 25 years of Irish revelry, San Diego ShamROCK is back and better than ever to paint the Gaslamp Quarter green with San Diego’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day block party. Drawing more than 20,000 attendees from across the U.S., this annual celebration is known for taking this legendary holiday and turning it into an outrageous experience for the green at heart to enjoy. We even added two extra hours so every leprechaun can come party like the Irish with us on Saturday, March 16th from 2PM to Midnight!

Frolic through a clover field with your green Bud Light beer or Tullamore Dew whiskey libation as 6 blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter get covered with over 50,000 square feet of luscious emerald green astroturf! Bust out your best jig with performances by traditional Irish steppers, or shake your clovers across 3 stages of non-stop live music including nationally recognized Irish rock and Celtic bands, top DJs and more! Feeling lucky? Make way to the ALL NEW ShamROCK Shenanigans Street for a variety of Saint Patrick’s Day-themed games!

A full day of Celtic-inspired festivities and new memories await on Saturday, March 16th from 2 PM to Midnight! Grab your friends, don your green attire, and head to the Gaslamp Quarter to experience firsthand what has made San Diego shamROCK a legendary St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Tickets to this event start at just $30 for General Admission and $70 for Lucky Leprechaun VIP. Add on to your ticket and join the Clover Crew with a range of custom packages including 2 complimentary 16oz beers, St. Patrick’s Day hat, commemorative stein and credential, fast pass entry and more for $7 to $30. For additional information on the shamROCK shenanigans planned for 2019 or to purchase tickets, please visit sandiegoshamrock.com.

 

Don’t Miss the MOST ROCKIN’ St. Patrick’s Day  Celebration in Southern California: ShamROCK 2019!

 

 

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!

Seven Colorful Characters of the Gaslamp

Alonzo Horton’s Houses and Spouses 

Women of the Gaslamp

The Spy in the Attic 

Suffragettes in San Diego 

Architecture in the Gaslamp

Boom-Build-Bust: The History of the Gaslamp 

A seated tour of the Gaslamp 

The Davis-Horton House: One House, Many Stories  

Have a topic in mind not covered here? Give us a call! We love to create specialty programs!


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. It is also a lovely place for a brown bag picnic with plenty of tables and chairs !

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.

 

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.

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