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Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off

Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off

‘Tis the start of the season and the Gaslamp Quarter is bringing you all types of jolly with an extravaganza of festivities for all ages to enjoy on Saturday, November 24th! Step into a winter wonderland with a Downtown San Diego twist as the Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off brings on the spirit of the season with a magical night of everything merry and bright: caroling, delicious food and drinks, live entertainment, gift-giving goodies and more! Get ready for a one-stop holiday shop as festivities kick off on Small Business Saturday. Grab your shopping list and head to 5th Ave, between Market & J St, that will be lined with a holiday market with 80 different vendors. Does all that shopping leave you hungry? Duck into many of the award-winning bars, restaurants, retailers, and hotels to imbibe in food or drink perfect for the festive occasion.

 

Of course, there’s more to the holidays than shopping and drinking, and who better than Santa Claus himself to get everyone in the spirit of the season?! Santa will arrive for a meet and greet at 4:00 PM then at 6:30 he will flip the switch and illuminate the buildings of the Historic Heart of San Diego with festive scenery. The Gaslamp will be decking the neighborhood walls with boughs of holiday décor for families to frolic through and vote for their favorite Gingerbread Structure created by participating businesses! Top off the celebration with festive live entertainment, perfect photo ops for your holiday card, and carolers who will set the merry mood as you enjoy all the beloved Gaslamp Quarter has to offer!

Gaslamp Museum Flood 2018

SINK OR SWIM FOR LOCAL MUSEUM

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 gaslampfoundation.org/support-us.

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.

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.

 

Macabre Victorians: Funerals, Fancies, and Fetishes

Macabre Victorians: Funerals, Fancies, and Fetishes

October 10th, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Draw back the dark veil and take a glimpse into Victorian Macabre with GQHF Historian Sandee Wilhoit and GQHF Visitor Services Coordinator Jamie Laird as they delve into some of the bizarre superstitions, intricate customs, and fascinating practices of our Victorian ancestors surrounding mourning and death. What were the highly regarded customs of “dressing for success” for both the new widows, and the new corpses?  Did the Victorian obsession with “proper” mourning rituals influence the rise of Spiritualism, and what elements of Spiritualism still captivate our society today? What was the fascination behind “Post-Mortem Photography” and “Mummy Unwrapping Parties?” The answers await you at our next lecture!

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!

 

WCKD Village 2018

WCKD Village 2018

Immerse Yourself into a Twisted Halloween Festival Experience as
WCKD Village Comes to Life
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 – 6 pm to Midnight
***21+ Event***

East Village, San Diego, CA – Prepare to enter a realm of electrifying adventures as WCKD Village takes music festival to a whole new level with interactive elements, amazing talent across 4 stages and over-the-top themed areas to give you a Halloween experience like never before! On Saturday, October 27th, from 6 pm to Midnight, six blocks in the East Village will transform into San Diego’s largest Halloween Festival as the WCKD Village comes to life. Grab your crew, transform your look and take a journey into the unknown–where every which way you turn, something WCKD awaits…
Welcome to the world of WCKD, a festival where innocent dreams are twisted into an epic evening of nightmarish celebrations. Come play in the dark as towering sway pole clowns, stilt walkers and fire breathers greet our WCKD guests into The DEMENTED CIRCUS. Don’t let the devious clowns fool you, you’re the ringleader here–Grab a drink from The Sideshow Specialty Cocktail Bar from the gigantic Sailor Jerry Cocktail Shaker and immerse yourself into the sounds of music, life-sized games, a Haunted Hookah Hideaway lounge and more! You know what they say, “Entertain a clown and you become part of the circus.” Luckily, the Demented Circus fun has just begun. Join the mischief with neon mentality in The MADHOUSE, where Instagram-mable moments live in every direction. Complete your Halloween look at the complimentary neon body art bar before sharing your scare across the Costume Contest stage for a chance to win up to $5,000 in prizes!

Villages are typically thought of as small, quiet communal towns with a deep history – so what happens when things turn WCKD? Look no further than to feed your curiosity and watch the haunting tales of The VILLAGE CRYPT unfold. Party with the past as sinister sounds from the main stage bring seductive harlots, witches and other unimaginable creatures back to life. Dive a little deeper into The WCKD WOODLANDS and prepare for the thrill of bloodcurdling deep house beats. Surrounded in an ominous forest landscape, you never know what might be hiding in the WCKD Woodlands.
Costumes and masks can hide your face, but the tarot knows your true self… a night at WCKD Village is in your cards. Festival-goers will unlock all of the most exclusive WCKD offerings and access to the 4th stage of non-stop music in The DECK OF FATE VIP! For just $90 (through September 14th), immerse yourself into the world of tarot and let your Halloween fortune unfold with a complimentary 7 Deadly Drinks (4 drinks at any bar inside WCKD Village & 3 drinks at participating Gaslamp Quarter and East Village venues), Gypsy Lounges, a Spirit Circle of tarot card readers, fortune tellers and palm readers, custom VIP tarot card credential, charging station, upgraded restrooms, $1 off drinks at the VIP bar and more! General Admission tickets start at just $35 throughout September 14th, including Sinister sounds across 3 stages in The Demented Circus, The Village Crypt, Up close encounters with stilt walkers, fire breathers and unimaginable creatures, a Giant Sailor Jerry Cocktail Shaker, Epic immersive activations, Free photo booths, A Haunted Hookah Hideaway, Neon Body Art Bar, Trick or Tarot stations, Life-size interactive games, Exclusive WCKD drink specials at 25+ bars in the East Village & Gaslamp Quarter, No cover charge at 25+ bars in the East Village & Gaslamp Quarter and MORE! Premium Tickets start at $50 through September 14th, including all the WCKD benefits of GA plus Express Entry, 2 complimentary WCKD cocktails, Custom Premium tarot card credential, designated Premium restrooms and more! Close your eyes. Forget your name. Forget the world. Now, Get WCKD…
More WCKD news awaits: WCKD LINEUP REVEAL WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH! For an exclusive first look and to purchase tickets, visit www.WCKDvillage.com.

San Diego’s Largest Music + Halloween Festival Announces 2018 Lineup
of Non-Stop WCKD Beats by Cheat Codes, Michael Calfan, Young Bombs, Sinden & MORE!
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 – 6 pm to Midnight
***21+ Event***

East Village, San Diego, CA – Prepare to enter a realm of electrifying adventures as WCKD Village takes music festival to a whole new level with all new interactive elements, amazing talent across 4 stages—The Village Crypt, WCKD Woodlands, The Demented Circus & The Deck of Fate VIP— and over-the-top themed areas to give you a Halloween experience like never before! On Saturday, October 27th, from 6 pm to Midnight, six blocks in the East Village will transform into San Diego’s largest Halloween Festival. Summoning over 10,000 revelers from across the U.S., no matter which way in the Village you wander, something WCKD awaits…

The Village Crypt Main Stage:

Welcome to the world of WCKD, a festival where innocent dreams are twisted into an epic evening of sinister celebrations. Party with the past as electrifying sounds from The Village Crypt main stage bring seductive harlots, witches and other unimaginable creatures back to life with performances by 2018 Headliner Cheat Codes, and opening acts by Young Bombs and FOMO! Los Angeles-based electronic dance trio, Cheat Codes, is best known for crafting radio-ready, house gems like “No Promises”, “Only You” and certified Platinum re-mixed single “Sex”! Also bringing an inception of incredible hits to the main stage is the go-to remix duo, Young Bombs, who have been commissioned by some of music’s most prolific and popular artists, such as Selena Gomez and Post Malone, to add a melodic twist to their original hits. Young Bombs have become masters at flipping pop’s biggest tracks into new, refreshing forms to rave to the grave to.

WCKD Woodlands Stage:

Surrounded in an ominous forest landscape and a Haunted Hookah Hideaway Lounge, party-goers can enjoy the thrill of spine-chilling deep house beats by Michael Calfan, Sinden and Erik Diaz. With millions of streams on hits like “Treasured Soul”, “Nobody Does It Better” and “Thorns”, Michael Calfan is one of the most sought-after DJs appearing at top music festivals around the world. DJ, Producer, Remixer and “label boss”, Sinden has been stealthily establishing himself as a leader of dance music as we know it. He has been partnering with Insomniac Records and topping off a year playing at top-rated music festivals EDC Vegas, Electric Forest, Life Is Beautiful and more.

Demented Circus Stage:

Enter if you dare and come play in the dark of the Demented Circus with open format beats by a collection of Southern California’s rising regulars: Cheyenne Giles, Murphi Kennedy, Will Hernandez, and DJ Byrd. Attendees are immersed in excitement with opportunities to grab a drink from the Specialty Cocktail Sideshow Bar, mingle in The Madhouse’s neon body art bar, or play life-sized games while experiencing up-close encounters with stilt walkers, fire breathers and unimaginable creatures.

The Deck of Fate VIP Stage:

A limited number of festival-goers will unlock all of the most exclusive WCKD offerings and access to the 4th stage of non-stop music in The Deck Of Fate VIP, featuring EDM and open format sounds by local San Diego DJs: Aidin, DJ Byrd and DJ C-Riz! For just $90 (through September 14th), immerse yourself into the world of tarot and let your Halloween fortune unfold with a complimentary 7 Deadly Drinks (four drinks at any bar inside WCKD Village & three drinks at participating Gaslamp Quarter and East Village venues), Gypsy Lounges, a Spirit Circle of tarot card readers, fortune tellers and palm readers, custom VIP tarot card credential, charging station, upgraded restrooms, $1 off drinks at the VIP bar and more!

CHEAT CODES | MICHAEL CALFAN
YOUNG BOMBS | SINDEN
CHEYENNE GILES | ERIK DIAZ | FOMO
MURPHI KENNEDY | WILL HERNANDEZ |
AIDIN | DJ BYRD| DJ C-RIZ
& More to Be Announced Soon!

Tickets: General Admission Tickets start at just $35 through September 14th, including access to sinister sounds across 3 stages, epic immersive activations, free photo booths, Trick or Tarot stations, exclusive WCKD drink specials and no cover charge at 25+ venues in the East Village & Gaslamp Quarter, and more. Premium Tickets start at $50 through September 14th, including all the WCKD benefits of GA plus express entry, two complimentary WCKD cocktails, custom premium tarot card credential, designated restrooms, and more. Close your eyes. Forget your name. Forget the world. Now, get WCKD…For more exclusive WCKD news and to purchase tickets, visit www.WCKDvillage.com.

San Diego’s Palace of the Arts: The Magnificent Villa Montezuma

San Diego’s Palace of the Arts: The Magnificent Villa Montezuma

September 12, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Gazing upon the Gaslamp Quarter from just atop the hill in the Sherman Heights Historic District sits the regal Villa Montezuma; the 1887 Palace of the Arts and home of mysterious, world-traveling Musician and Spiritualist Jesse Shepard. Join us for our next History Talks! Lecture as Historian Louise Torio, President of The Friends of the Villa Montezuma Inc., shares the fascinating history behind this Queen Anne-style Victorian house museum. Who exactly was Jesse Shepard, and why did he move to San Diego? Who was Francis Grierson and why was this his house too? Is the inside of the home just as strikingly beautiful as the outside? Find out the answers to these questions, as well as what the future holds for this historical treasure.

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

Fallback Festival

Fallback Festival

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 18th annual Fall Back Festival, a Children’s Historical Street Faire, on Sunday November 4, 2018 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].