We have many events in the works for 2019.
What would you like to see us do? Let us know! We are currently developing our events for next year.
In the meantime, here are some of the dynamic history sleuthing you can do in our very own South Bay community:
Visit La Vista Memorial Park (particularly during their annual Dia de los Muertos event) to find many old gravestones, including of Frank Kimball.
Mt. Olivet Cemetery on 2127 Iris Avenue in South San Diego. Here, you’ll find the headstones of the oldest Mexican-American families to have lived in the South Bay.
Temple Beth Shalom on 208 Madrona Street is designated a historic site. Check out it’s wonderful architecture.
Olivewood Gardens hosts many wonderful events throughout the year. It is also owned by an heir of the Walmart fortune.
Friendship Park in Border Field State Park has a long (and controversial) history located right at the U.S.-Mexico border on the American side.
National City was once the epicenter of the Chicano Movement. Enjoy reading more at the UCSD Herman Baca archives.
Each year, the South Bay Alliance hosts an event in September recognizing the LGBT community in our region. Although we don’t have specific archives, you can check out much more at https://lambdaarchives.org
We are a community of immigrants that have a long history of crossing the border and seeking citizenship. Although we don’t have a specific South Bay archive, the “Voices of Witness” tell many of those stories: http://voiceofwitness.org
Did you know several Women’s Clubs still exist in the South Bay? They have a long history of many contributions. You can stroll by the historic Women’s Club building located at 357 G Street.
We have many parks, trails and recreation areas in the South Bay. Our natural history is rich and goes back thousands of years. You can visit the Tijuana Estuary Visitor’s Center to find out more.
For those who like to combine history and libations, enjoy Ye Olde Plank bar in Imperial Beach where you’ll find out about the legend of the sunken submarine.
Eat at Café La Maze to enjoy photographs of the 1930s and 1940s when this region was known for its “racy” gambling and brawling.
Make sure to read eminent historian Richard Griswold de Castillo’s book the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to understand how we became a border region.