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

From Skid Row to the Heart of San Diego: The Transformation of the Gaslamp Quarter

Wayne Donaldson


Alonzo Horton and the Founding of New Town

Richard Crawford, Head Librarian of Special Collections at the San Diego Central Library

July 12, 2017

Alonzo Horton: Spouses and Houses

Sandee Wilhoit, GQHF Historian

August 16, 2017


Medical Care in Early San Diego

Dr. Catalina Preskill, Executive Director GQHF

September 13, 2017


The Spy in the Attic 

Sandee Wilhoit, GQHF Historian

October 18, 2017


Saving the Horton Grand from Destruction 

Dan Pearson, Developer of the Horton Grand

January, 10, 2018


Kick Starting the Redevelopment of the Gaslamp Quarter 

Maire Burke Lia, Land Use Attorney

February 7, 2018


Gentlewomen of the Gaslamp Quarter 

Sandee Wilhoit, GQHF Historian

Catalina Preskill

March 14, 2018


Gals of the Gaslamp

Imozelle and Jim McVeigh, GQHF Tour Guides

April 11, 2018


Celebrating Bum

Dan Haslam, GQHF Board Member and Walkabout International Tour Guide

May 16, 2018


The Gaslamp Quarter: It Wasn’t Always This Way

Michael Stepner, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the New School of Architecture and Design

August 8, 2018

Talk about Drama: Stories behind the Curtain at the Horton Grand Theatre

Kit Goldman, Founder of the Horton Grand Theatre

November 4, 2018


Balboa Park’s Two Great Expositions

Mike Kelly, President of the Committee of One Hundred.

January 9, 2019

The Gaslamp 1985-2018: How it Happened

Bill Keller, GQHF Board Member and Le Travel Store Owner

June 13, 2018

Patrolling the Stingaree

Rick Carlson and Steve Willard, The San Diego Police Historical Association 

March 13, 2019

Street Scene: The Music Festival that Transformed the Gaslamp Quarter 


Rob Hagey, Founder of Street Scene

Jimmy Parker, Producer of Street Scene

Michael Trimble, Executive Director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association 

May 8, 2019