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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!

 

 

History Talks! : Balboa Park’s Two Great Expositions—1915 and 1935.

History Talks! : Balboa Park’s Two Great Expositions—1915 and 1935.

Dotted with numerous cultural institutions, distinct architecture, and home to the World-Famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park has been dubbed “San Diego’s Cultural Hub, “and “a place with something for everyone!” Located just a few miles away from the Gaslamp Quarter this sprawling urban park can credit its creation to two great expositions- one in 1915 and one in 1935.  Join us for our first History Talks! Lecture of 2019 as guest speaker Michael Kelly, President of The Committee of One Hundred, presents The Story of the Panama-California Exposition Digital Archive Project. Get an inside look at images and documents from the historic Exposition and insight to how The Committee of One Hundred has worked to preserve the architecture, gardens and public spaces of Balboa Park since 1967.

Location of this lecture will be held just a few blocks walking distance from our museum at the Chuang Archive and Learning Center 541 Second 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!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

 

 

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

11th Annual Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

presented by FOMO Bones

December 16, 2018 12PM – 5PM | 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101

For more info click here.

Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter for The Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by FOMO Bones. Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and Holiday Pet Market on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101).

Entry to participate in the Pet Parade is just $15 per pet in advance, and $20 on the day of the event. FREE for Spectators!

Day-of registration and check-in will begin at 11:30AM. Guests are encouraged to register in advance as space in the Parade is limited and will fill up fast. For more information, please visit www.holidaypetparade.com

The Pet Parade steps off promptly at 2:00 pm from under the iconic Gaslamp Quarter Archway, and continues up Fifth Avenue takes a left at E street and down Fourth Avenue ending at MLK Promenade Park, where contest winners will be announced and the Holiday Pet Market will continue!  Festively-attired critters compete for bragging rights and prizes in fun costume contest categories. Dogs, cats, birds, and even fish are welcome to take part in this holly-jolly good time!

Registrants can be sure to grab a goodie bag full of fun samples, toys, coupons, and other gifts for your festive fur friends at the FREE Holiday Pet Market, open to the public from 12PM to 5PM with live music, presentations, and festive fun for all. Official viewing stations will be around the Gaslamp Quarter providing patios to view the pets on parade and specials to partake in.

The best vantage points for the Pet Parade are along 4th & 5th Avenues between E and K Street from 2PM – 3PM (arrive early to peruse the Holiday Pet Market and guarantee a great spot to watch the parade).

*Jolly pets welcome. No livestock allowed in parade.

Check-In: 11:30AM

Holiday Pet Market: 12PM – 5PM

Costume Contest Judging Panel: 12PM – 1:30PM

Parade kicks-off: 2PM

History for the Holidays

History for the Holidays

Join us on Sunday, December 9th from 2 PM – 4 PM for our annual Holiday Open House! Our halls will be decked with Victorian-style Christmas cheer and there will be free house tours, docents dressed up in period attire, and light refreshments!  Come experience the holidays at the oldest edifice in the historic Gaslamp Quarter!

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!

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday…. and #GivingTuesday.

With the largest shopping weekend of the year close upon us, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation wants to remind you of the event that finishes it off. November 27th, Giving Tuesday.
What is it?
#GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season. It’s a celebration of giving and philanthropy when together, on one day, millions of people demonstrate our common capacity to give.
Why take part?
What could be a better way to start the holidays than to support a cause you believe in? The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation works tirelessly all year round to promote our mission of preserving and protecting the Gaslamp for future generations. We know it’s a mission that you, our supporters, are passionate about as well. Help us to continue to serve by donating!
Mark your calendars and become part of this wonderful event!
 

Explore ways to Give:

The Restoration and Repair Fund is used to restore, repair, and care for the structure of the Davis-Horton House and collections of the Gaslamp Museum. At 168 years old the House is always in need of love and care. Donate today to help keep the House and collections for future generations!
Projects completed in 2018: Original China Cabinet in the Dining Room was re-installed and restored.
Some Projects we hope to complete in 2019:
Repairs to the original wood floors on the second floor of the Davis-Horton House
Cleaning of the Axminster Carpets throughout the House.
Washing the windows to let more light into the House.

Be A Part of Gaslamp History

Did you know the cobblestones in our Pocket Park are historic? Many of the stones traveled to San Diego as ship ballast. When they reached San Diego they were re-purposed as street curbs up and down 5th Avenue.When the Street Curbs were replaced the GQHF saved these historic stones. You can be a part of Gaslamp History by buying an engraved brick!


 Explore Membership!

Membership is a gift that keeps giving all year long. All GQHF memberships include year round admission to the Davis-Horton House and monthly History Talks Lecture Series. Check out the additional perks you can receive at each level. Buy for Friends and Family OR treat yourself to a renewal or upgrade!

Find the perfect membership by clicking HERE.

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.

Talk About Drama: The Stories Behind the Curtain at the Horton Grand Theatre

Talk About Drama: The Stories Behind the Curtain at the Horton Grand Theatre

November 14, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Located in the heart of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter stands the iconic Horton Grand Theater- a testament to the transformative power of the Arts. Join us on November 14th at the Horton Grand Hotel as Kit Goldman, Founder of the Horton Grand Theatre, shares stories from “behind the curtain” of how this Historic icon of the Gaslamp came to fruition and how it helped transform the district into the thriving commercial area we know today.

In 1979, when Goldman began her search for a theater space in the Gaslamp, 4th Avenue below Market was a no man’s land. The sidewalks were crumbling, there were no street lights and the Rescue Mission was the major destination.

Although San Diego’s gentry had not ventured below Market in decades she, and her then husband, Dan Pearson, had a burning vision of what the historic district could become. Battling through major obstacles, in 1980 Goldman opened the 96-seat Gaslamp Quarter Theatre on the site of an old Chinese Dancehall in the Pacifica Hotel on 4th Ave and launched the first season of her fledgling theater troupe.

The lecture will take place at the Horton Grand Hotel: 311 Island Ave, 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!

 

 

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.