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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 a 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 .

Gaslamp Museum Flood 2018


SAN DIEGO, CA – November 2, 2018 One of San Diego’s historical treasures, the Davis-Horton House at the Gaslamp Museum, has been hit by a flood. Saving and restoring it has been a real challenge for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF).

The GQHF is dedicated to preserving the architecture, culture and history of the Gaslamp Quarter, a 16 ½-block area designated as an historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The Foundation operates from the oldest standing residence in the Gaslamp Quarter, the Davis-Horton House, a repository of artifacts, photos and archives that are preserved for residents and visitors from around the world to enjoy.

Floods, of course, are the bane of old houses. The latest flood was discovered on the morning of April 11, 2018, by Sandee Wilhoit, who unlocked the lower level door and stepped into a seriously wet problem. Sandee is the Historian, lead tour guide and a member of the Gaslamp Players. She immediately saw objects floating across the normally pristine floor and her next thought was, “Oh no! The exhibit artifacts!” Grabbing the two mannequins that were displaying vintage dresses, she fled up the stairs to wait for the help she called to arrive to the scene.

This is the most extensive flood this historic house has experienced. Restoration efforts included immediate removal of all items from the area to offsite storage. Fortunately, none of the collection was damaged, but the area involved was rendered unusable, and the Museum staff was left without offices, equipment and supplies. Enter the insurance adjuster, water damage renovation experts, contractors, and City of San Diego Facilities Dept. as the Museum building is owned by the City. Due to their quick work, mold did not get a foothold. Unfortunately, the basement repairs have taken over six months and costs have exceeded insurance coverage. According to Catalina Preskill, Executive Director at the time of the flood, “this event highlighted the need to protect our collections including costumes, maps, documents, newspapers and artifacts. These items belong to all San Diegans and we recognize our responsibility as custodians.”

For an aging historic building, there will always be a need for restoration and maintenance.   This can only be accomplished with the support of our community, members and the generosity of visitors from around the world. A Restoration & Repair Fund has been set up for just this purpose. Everyone will benefit – those who tour the Museum, or take a walking tour of the Gaslamp Quarter, or attend a lecture, or shop in the gift store, or attend a program in the park. If you would like to help, please visit

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!