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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Leo Carrillo Ranch – July 15 ( 10 am)


We will be meeting in Carlsbad for our next meeting at the Leo Carrillo Ranch so please join us as there will be a tour following the meeting.
When July 15, 2017
Time: 10 am to Noon followed by a tour.
Where: 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92009  ( link )

Link above is for “Friends of Carrillo Ranch website.
City of Carlsbad website for the Ranch ( link )
Phone Number: 760-476-1042 ( City of Carlsbad for the Ranch )

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Free Tuesday Balboa Park


Come join us this Tuesday ( June 13th ) as Congress of History will be manning a desk at the San Diego History Center ( see link ).

We will have representatives there throughout the day some come on by and say hello.

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Thank you Faye

The Congress of History would like to extend a thank you to Faye Jonason and the Marines at Camp Pendleton for the wonderful tour last Saturday. If ever given the chance to take this tour please do. The Mechanized Museum is open for tours on during the week ( check website for schedule – link ).

Info and link to the Ranch House located on Camp Pendleton ( link ).

Our next meeting will be at the Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad ( link – date to be posted soon ).

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Our Next Meeting:

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

“The West Coast’s Premier Expeditionary Training Base”

 Saturday May 20 at 10 am

The Ranch House Complex

The Ranch House Complex is situated on 21 acres aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and includes the Ranch House, the Bunkhouse Museum and the Ranch House Chapel.

Our host will be Faye Jonason and the Marines have specific instructions to allow passage on the base.

Faye requests a list be turned into her by May 8th

Faye Jonason

History Museum Director

Office Phone (760)725-5758

( she has an Excel file to download if need be link ).

Marine Registration Form
Name Last
Name First
Name Middle
Name Suffix examples: Junior/Senior/ II/ III
State License Issued by Two Letter Abbreviation of State i.e. CA for California
State Credential Identifier State Drivers License or ID Number
Exception Expiration Date Date Sponsorship Ends – Visit Date
Date of Birth MM/DD/YYYY
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Gabe Selak

Celebration of Life

Tuesday, April 25 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Junípero Serra Museum


Gabe Selak, History AmbassadorDear friends –

The San Diego History Center will be holding a candlelight celebration of life for Gabe Selak and all are invited.

The event will take place at one of Gabe’s favorite locations in San Diego: The Junípero Serra Museum (2727 Presidio Drive, San Diego, CA 91013) from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

We will be having remembrances of Gabe, songs by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, and a candlelight vigil held just before sundown at 7:24 pm that evening.

We hope to see you there and hear your memories of one of San Diego’s most dedicated historians, teachers, and friend.

Junípero Serra Museum
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Link to San Diego History Website

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From Helen Ofield (LGHS)


Dear All and those Stalwarts for whom we lack email addresses,

Just when we thought the COH couldn’t go over the moon again, it trots out another blockbuster.

What a conference. #52 was another model of organization, inspiration, pertinence and engagement in all the things that make life worth living.

The connections between the fine speakers’ diverse talks brought together the portrait of San Diego’s underpinnings and modern persona stretching back to the WW I period.

Alex’s outstanding research, encouragement and helpful course corrections made the prep work — which, in my own case, veered off course into all-mustard-gas-all-the-time, but was hauled back in by that tragic 18-year-old soldier and Alex’s directive to tell his story — a journey of discovery and revelation for all involved.

Ray’s courtliness, expertise and kindness reflect the essence of the organization. HH’s seemingly endless fund of local connections (the timbers in her house, watching TV in the house the Tookers rented) added to the fun. Dianne’s gentle go-do-your-thing so welcome. Jonnie’s enthusiasm for what makes it all tick, so spot-on. Bea Brunner, the indefatigable Poppy Lady, keeps alive one of the great symbols of WW I. The master stroke of the poetry and the music (see above for what makes life worth living) was great. The setting in the Veterans’ Museum, with its gracious soldier-hosts who have seen it all and then some, was perfect.

Proud to be in your company, dear Traveling Companions. Congratulations on a job well done.

Helen M. Ofield, President
Lemon Grove Historical Society
P.O. Box 624, 3185 Olive Street
Lemon Grove, CA 91946

Office: +1(619)462-6494
Parsonage Museum: +1(619)460-4353

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Annual Meeting – Elections


Veterans Museum in Balboa Park

February 18th 2017  – 10 am
We will be holding our annual elections at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park,
2115 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101. Tel: 619-239-2300 ( link )

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January 21st Meeting


We will be meeting at the Spring Valley Historical Society due to weather issues at the Leo Carrillo Ranch.

Spring Valley Historical Society proud stewards of the Bancroft Ranch House Museum
Spring Valley Historical Society
9050 Memory Lane, Spring Valley, CA

10 am

A special thanks to the Spring Valley Historical Society for accommodating Congress of History on such short notice.


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COH at Cuyamaca

We would like to extend a thank you to The Heritage of the Americas Museum ( located in Cuyamaca College ) and to their director Kathleen Oatsvall for the wonderful tour.Heritage of the Americas Museum

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