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



To Be Presented
July 8, 2017

Mark Carlson

Topic:  Palomar: Bridge to the Stars The coming of the Palomar telescope.

The presentation will be held at the History Museum          For more information call 858 775-5788

Recent 2017 Speakers

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


Presented on
May 6, 2017

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SD County’s Agricultural Past, Present and Future

We are pleased to welcome Eric Larsen to be our May speaker. Eric Larson is the Executive Director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau. He will be speaking 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

The American Brilliant Period of Cut 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. This talk will highlight this great art while positioning it within our history and summarizing one of America’s truly great but little known successes.
Mike Manginella, 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.


For more information call 858 775-5788

Presented on
March 11, 2017

The Tunesmith & The Lyricist

We are pleased to welcome George Harwood Phillips to be our March speaker.

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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Times were tough, but the pioneers were tougher

“Times were tough, but the pioneers were tougher,” says McPhie, 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.

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.

Presented on
January 14, 2017

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

Mark Carlson describes the historic race to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air.  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.