Speaker's Series

Hosted at the RB History Museum located at the Bernardo Winery
13330 Paseo del Verano Norte
San Diego, California 92128

 

Upcoming Speakers

Our next speaker will be on January 13, 2018. 

More information will be available in late December

Recent 2017 Speakers

Speakers that have Presented This Year With a Link (If Recorded) To Their Presentation on YouTube

 

To Be Presented
November 11, 2017

Peggy Rossi
Genealogy Treasures on the Web

If you are researching your family history, you probably know about Ancestry.com. It’s a huge, fantastic
website with millions of records. And it can seem like it’s the only real genealogy website. But there is a
lot more out there. Some of it is free and some isn’t. This talk will explore a collection of genealogical
websites and a few sites that might not seem like genealogy websites, but can be used for your
research. Come learn what they have to offer and how to use them successfully.
Peggy Rossi is co-owner with her husband Vincent of StorySeekers, a San Diego genealogical research,
family history and memoir publishing company. StorySeekers has guided numerous clients to prepare
and publish their personal and family stories. She has worked as a professional genealogical researcher
since 1996 and serves as collections manager for the Rancho Bernardo History Museum.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented on
October 7, 2017

Chuck Cross
Poway Midland Railroad

Chuck is the President of the Poway Midland Railroad Volunteers. His talk explained what it takes to keep all of the locomotives and other pieces in their collection in top condition to share these magnificent pieces of history with the public.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented on
September 9, 2017

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Garry Butterfield
The History of Water Development in San Diego County

Garry is a former general manager of water districts for Ramona and Sweetwater and also served as Director of the San Diego County Water Authority. He will describe the role that water projects have played in the County’s development especially those projects (like Lake Hodges) which spurred the development of Rancho Bernardo.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented on
August 12, 2017

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Marilyn McPhie
Presenting Local History Stories For Children

Local history stories for young and old.  Enjoy these stories and bring your children and grandchildren says McPhie   She will show history with stories from pioneer times in the mid to late 1800s. Her tales will include anecdotes specific to San Diego County as well as the story of “Frozen Charlotte.” A San Diego County resident, McPhie has a degree in English and French literature. She is the President of the Storytellers of San Diego and a California State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network. She has been telling stories professionally since 1985 and has performed for groups from preschool to adult, and from coast to coast. She has been a regular speaker locally at the Rancho Bernardo Library as well as other county venues.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented on
July 8, 2017

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Mark Carlson
Palomar: Bridge to the Stars The building of the world’s largest telescope in the 1940’s.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Cancelled

Michael Yee

Presented on
May 6, 2017

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Eric Larsen
SD County’s Agricultural Past, Present and Future

Eric Larson is the Executive Director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau. spoke on San Diego County and its rich history of farming dating back to the founding of the Spanish missions. The crops grown locally have changed over the years and San Diego County is now one of the leading agricultural areas in the nation, despite vast urbanization.  Future farming success will rely on technology and innovations that maximize production in the face of rising costs of production.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented on
April 8, 2017

Mike Manginella
The American Brilliant Period of Cut Glass

Mike Manginella is a glass collector and researcher for many years, is the author of numerous articles on the art of cut glass, and has lectured at many national and regional venues including the Corning Museum of Glass.The American Brilliant Period of Cut Glass was one of the first artistic pinnacles claimed by America during the Industrial Revolution. It’s rise, success and decline influenced, and was influenced by, many of the great changes in labor, transportation, and trade policies which are still at the forefront of modern society.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented on
March 11, 2017

George Harwood Phillips
The
Tunesmith & The Lyricist

George Harwood Phillips, historian and working musician, will speak on his new book:The Tunesmith & The Lyricist.The book “applies the specific to explain the general,” looking at issues in popular music in the twentieth century by focusing on one song, written in the 1930s, “I Can’t Get Started With You.”

For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented On
February 11, 2017

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Marilyn McPhie
Times were tough, but the pioneers were tougher

McPhie has been telling stories professionally since 1985 and has performed for groups from preschool to adult, and from coast to coast. She has been a regular speaker locally at the Rancho Bernardo Library as well as other county venues. and she will show how with stories from pioneer times in the mid to late 1800s. Her tales will include anecdotes specific to San Diego County as well as the story of “Frozen Charlotte.” If you’re as curious about that as we are, you’ll be sure to join us A San Diego County resident, McPhie has a degree in English and French literature. She is the President of the Storytellers of San Diego and a California State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented on
January 14, 2017

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Mark Carlson
Flights to Oblivion, Flights to Fame The New York to Paris Race

Some of the finest aviators of the day tried and failed, some at the cost of their lives, until Charles Lindbergh made it in 1927 with a plan built right here in San Diego. Mark is a freelance writer and Aviation historian.  He is the author of the book Flying on Film – A Century of Aviation in the Movies and his article has appeared in many aviation magazines.

For more information call 858 775-5788

Past Programs from Previous Years