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

 

April 21, 2018 11 am

This is the 3rd Saturday

San Diego Trolleys

Starting with the first horse-drawn trolleys introduced by the San Diego Streetcar Company in 1886, San Diego’s history included the growth and decline of several trolley systems.  Come along for the ride.

Our speaker will be Douglas W. Mengers a San Diego–based historian and archaeologist specializing in historical archaeology, the history of infrastructure and population growth of Southern California, and the history of the San Diego trolley suburbs.

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Recent Speakers

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

Presented on March 10, 2018

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Homefront San Diego

Vince Rossi,spoke on “Home Front San Diego in World War II” telling about how San Diego’s City and County were profoundly changed between 1940 and 1943 by the war. Entire new neighborhoods were created and Balboa Park was transformed into a Navy training base.

Vince is an author and historian

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Presented on February 10, 2018

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The History of the San Diego County Parks

Jennifer Grahlman, co-author with Ellen Sweet, of the book San Diego County Parks Over 100 Years. Parks History Office the County’s park system which include a number of historic ranchos and stagecoach stations as well as trails and campgrounds.

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Presented on January 13, 2018

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USS Midway Museum

Steve Walker and Brian Butler, two current docents from the USS Midway Museum, talked about it’s history and told us what to watch for when you go, and if you have been what you might have missed.

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Presented on
October 7, 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Past Programs from Previous Years