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Believe It or Not – It’s Time to Register for the 2018 Conference!

For the past 53 years the Congress of History has shared it’s love of all things historic by hosting a history conference. Local historians and talented authors volunteer their time to give exciting talks that will captivate you. The conference theme this year,
“Believe It or Not – It Happened in My Neighborhood!,” is a celebration of adventures in local history, with historic tales about places that you may THINK you know, but there is so much more.
You are invited to join us on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, 2018, in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego at Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego. You don’t have to be a member of the Congress of History to attend; everyone is welcome to the conference. While this is the major fundraising event for the Congress of History, pricing for the two-day conference is extremely reasonable: $35 for adults, $25 for seniors (65+), and $15 for active military or any student with ID. (There is no discount if you will only attend one day.)
We’re delighted that our conference cosponsor is the Portuguese Historical Center (PHC), located in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. For over 40 years the PHC has promoted the history and appreciation of the Portuguese immigrants and Portuguese culture in the region. Because the conference location is just across the street from the Portuguese Museum, conference guests will be invited to visit the Portuguese Museum as well as the beautiful 1922 Portuguese Chapel located next door to the hall. The chapel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2017.
The Portuguese community is currently spearheading the adoption of a Little Portugal District to best preserve and commemorate the accomplishments of this community.
Portuguese Hall has its own parking lot, although we always encourage guests to carpool. Within a block walking distance are many locations for lunch, so lunch is on your own. (At the conference we will provide coffee and light refreshments, as well as a map showing nearby easy-to-walk-to local restaurants.)
The registration form for the conference posted on our website. Please register early. While we can take walk-ups in a conference hall this size, you will help out your Congress of History volunteers greatly by preregistering. No tickets will be mailed. When you arrive you will receive a name badge upon check in. This will serve as you ticket for each day. Please mail your registration and payment no later than February 27 to reach us in time. If after February 27, email your registration form to HistoricSanDiego@aol.com and pay at the door (cash or check). Your badge will be waiting for you. Bring cash for all the vendor tables and book sellers.
Please arrive before the start of the conference at 9:00 a.m. After a welcome by our President, Dianne Cowen, Congress of History Vice President and Conference Co-Chair Louise Torio will serve as you emcee. Each speaker will give a 20-minute presentation, with five minutes for Q&A.
There will be a break after every few speakers in order for guests to browse the many organizational exhibit tables and vendor tables set up by the museums and historical organizations. We’ll also have an author table; for speakers who have written books, they will bring their books for sale. To take advantage of this opportunity, please bring cash for your purchases; some vendors will also take a check, but very few will be able to take credit cards.
Believe It or Not – our speakers are coming from all around the region to share their unique neighborhood stories with you. We put out the call for speakers to members and local historical societies to share those interesting, odd, funny, beautiful, or weird stories about their particular location, stories that may not have fit into the other past 52 conference themes. Click for Registration form and  schedule of our distinguished historians and the fascinating “believe it or not” neighborhood stories they will present:

So, get excited about attending our regions longest running history conference, send in your registration today, and tell your friends that they must attend this very fun networking opportunity where we delight in supporting one another (“unity and joint effort”). We look forward to see you at the conference!

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2018 – Temecula Meeting

coh_temecula January 20, 2018 10 am

Rebecca Farnbach, President of the Temecula Valley Historical Society, has confirmed that the TVHS will host the January 20, 2018 Congress of History Board Meeting. The Vail Ranch Restoration Association which operates the Wolf Barn will provide the location.
Temecula Valley Historical Society members will be on site to interpret museum displays and to show the restored Vail Ranch Headquarters buildings which were officially dedicated in July 2016.
For directions use Vail Headquarters, Temecula, CA as the destination.
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Thank you from COH

Happy Thanksgiving

COH wishes Happy Thanksgiving

We would like to extend our thanks to the Santee Historical Society for being such wonderful hosts. We had a great turnout with much of the conversation focusing on our upcoming conference in March.

The COH Wishes all a wonderful holiday season and stay tuned for more info on the upcoming conference.

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Next Meeting: Santee Historical

Join us November 18 at 10 am as we visit the Edgemoor Farm Dairy Barn which is home to the Santee Historical Society. ( link to website )

When: November 18 at 10 am
Where: 9200 North Magnolia Avenue, Santee CA 92129
Phone: (619) 224-2024

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Special Event

building_logo_newJoin Congress of History and the San Diego History Center for this event Saturday September 23 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Building to the next level is a forum for local history groups in which speakers will share expertise with interaction from the audience.

Tickets are $15

More info: link to SD History Website

Come join us.

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Thank you California Surf Museum

The Congress of History would like to thank Jane Schmauss, historian for the California Surf Museum ( link ), for hosting our meeting and for the guided tour of Surfing Viet Nam. We encourage others to visit this incredible exhibit.


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Reminder: Meeting Saturday

Just a note to remind all we will be meeting this Saturday 10 am at the California Surf Museum in Oceanside.
Come join us  ( link to website )
When: September 16 2017 at 10 am
Where: 312 Pier View Way – Oceanside CA 92054
Phone: (760) 721-6876


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Richard Schulte on Los Peñasquitos

Excellent piece about  one of our member organizations by Richard Schulte ( link to site and article ).

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.


The second oldest residence in San Diego County can be found inside Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. The adobe ranch house was built in 1823 by Captain Francisco María Ruiz, who was Commandante of San Diego’s presidio. He built two small adobe buildings on Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos, his large 8,486-acre Mexican land grant north of the Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcalá. It was first land grant made by the Mexican government in this area, just two years after Mexico became independent from Spain ( more )

For more information about the park via their official website ( go here )

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Next Meeting – California Surf Museum


Our thanks go out to the Leo Carrillo Ranch ( link to website ) for hosting our last meeting. A most wonderful place rich with history and wonderful people.

Come join us at the  California Surf Museum ( link to website )
When: September 16 2017 at 10 am
Where: 312 Pier View Way – Oceanside CA 92054
Phone: (760) 721-6876

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