The San Diego History Center – Preserve Your Family’s Items from Becoming History, Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6 to 8 PM. The San Diego History Center Collections staff will share their knowledge and experience on how to care for a variety of objects, from documents and photographs to painting and clothing, always with an eye toward preservation. Collections staff will show unique, one-of-a-kind objects from the History Center collection and discuss specific preservation methods that have been employed to extend the life of those objects. At the end of the program, there will be a question and answer session where participants can ask for specific feedback on how to care for their own items.
Presenters include: Chris Travers, Director of Photograph Collection; Jane Kenealy, Archivist; and Tammie Bennett, Registrar.
The San Diego History Center is located in the Casa de Balboa, at the east end of El Prado, near the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Bea Evenson Fountain.
Tickets: $15 Members / $25 Non-Members. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
The Battle of San Diego will be celebrated on Saturday, April 22nd between 12:00 Noon and 4:00 PM at Naval Base Point Loma. The event is sponsored by the Naval Base and the House of Spain (HOS).
The event remembers when the soldiers of Fort Guijarros fought a dramatic battle in defense of Spain’s newly acquired California territory. On March 22, 1803 the “Battle of San Diego Bay” pitted the American brig Lelia Byrd against the Spanish soldiers of Fort Guijarros. This event is the only ship-to-shore battle on the Pacific Coast between Spain and a ship of the United States.
Caught attempting to smuggle sea otter pelts out of San Diego Bay in violation of Spain’s blockade against foreign trade, the Americans and Spaniards exchanged a spectacular cannon duel across the waves. With only minor damage, the crew of the Lelia Byrd escaped serious injury when favorable winds escorted them away from the line of fire.
This year, Philip Hinshaw, Past President of the San Diego Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Admission to the event is free and Spanish food featuring paella will be available for purchase.
Cabrillo Under the Stars – April 22, 2017 This special event will feature Gourmet Tastes, Craft Beer, local wineries, a silent auction, live music and more! Come enjoy Cabrillo at night under the stars and help support our National Park. The event takes place from 6:30 PM until 10 PM, the price is $45 per person, and you may click here to register for this event.
Fourth of July Celebrations
The Big Bay Boom – On July 4th, San Diego’s North Bay known as The Big Bay will light up with a spectacular fireworks display orchestrated to originally produced music selections. Given the natural amphitheater from Point Loma to Shelter Island to Harbor Island to Liberty Station to Little Italy to the North Embarcadero to Seaport Village and the South Embarcadero to the Coronado Ferry Landing, the “show” will capture the attention of hundreds of thousands of people. This is the largest annual event in the western United States with over 500,000 people viewing the show. Click here to see more.
House of Spain, Balboa Park – Sunday July 2 and Tuesday, July 4 This event is open from 12 Noon until 4 PM and celebrates the independence of the Unites States of America and the role Spain played in its establishment. The House of Spain, Casa de España, in San Diego is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit organization, which endeavors to foster and cultivate traditions from Spain, and to contribute, maintain and enhance the spirit of understanding, tolerance and goodwill among all the national groups residing in the city of San Diego by presenting the history and culture of Spain. As such, the House of Spain, Casa de España in San Diego adheres, without reservations, to the principles of the House of Pacific Relations. Click here to go to the House of Spain website.
USS Bennington (PG-4) Memorial Service – July 22 takes place at 11:00 AM at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. By way of background, on January 7, 1908 a large crowd gathered at the Fort Rosecrans Post cemetery to dedicate a 60-foot tall granite obelisk erected to the memory of the 66 sailors killed on July 21, 1905 in a boiler explosion aboard the USS Bennington while anchored in San Diego Bay. The obelisk is composed of 74 slabs of San Diego County granite roughly dressed and capped by a pyramid of polished granite. The principal address was delivered by Rear Admiral Goodrich, who was the Commander of the Pacific Squadron at the time of the explosion. During this year’s memorial service, a grand-nephew of Admiral Goodrich, Don Farnam, will read excerpts from the Admiral’s speech delivered at the dedication of the Bennington Monument in 1908.
Background information about the connection between San Diego, the Revolutionary War Battle at Bennington, VT, and the USS Bennington (PG-4) is available by clicking here.
Cabrillo Festival – September 30, 2017 between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm at Ballast Point, the site where Cabrillo came ashore in 1542.
Be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point on for the annual Cabrillo Festival. The event is free and food will be available for purchase.
Sailing under the Spanish flag and taking those first steps onto what is now Ballast Point, Cabrillo became the first European to set foot on the west coast of what would become the United States of America.
The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations, and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese, and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. The Festival features booths with traditional foods, and cultural artisans will showcase their wares.
The highlight of the Festival is the re-enactment of Cabrillo’s landing on the shores of San Diego Bay. Cabrillo, his soldiers, and a priest sail into the bay on the San Salvador (represented by the Californian), and once again claim the land for Spain. For more information click here to visit the official Cabrillo Festival website.