History Talks! is an on-going lecture series presented by The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.
Experts in their field give riveting talks on a variety of subjects.


Upcoming History Talks!  All lectures begin at 7pm, unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019: “Patrolling the Stingaree,”  San Diego Police Museum.

“You are entering the Stingaree District. This area is known to be populated by anarchist, confidence men, cut throats, shady ladies, hop heads, perverts, and thieves. You are responsible for your own safety…” This was part of an actual notice posted on January 15th, 1913 by order of Police Chief Keno Wilson to warn anyone entering the downtown San Diego area south of Broadway that they were entering a seedy red-light district. It was known then as the “Stingaree” because it was said you could get “stung” in the area by vice faster than you could get stung by the many stingrays in San Diego Bay. Many of the city’s “undesirables” populated the area as it was home to numerous saloons, brothels, and gambling halls. Join us on Wednesday, March 13th at 7 PM as The San Diego Police Museum shares the history of the notorious “Stingaree” and the policemen who were in charge of patrolling it!

Location: 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.


*****Worried about Parking Downtown? the 6th and K Parkade offers $5 flat-rate parking Sunday-Thursday from 6pm to 3am! The rate not available during Padres games and other special events. ********


Past History Talks!