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