Free 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

March 9, 2024 11 a.m.

 

The Allure of the San Dieguito River Valley

Christopher Khoury,
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

Chris will share “My personal review of some of the river valley’s many intriguing features and the decades-long community effort to preserve and protect it.”

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April 13, 2024 11 a.m.

 

In Search of Calle Judeo: Old Town San Diego’s Street of “Jewish Men of Enterprise”

Alexander Bevil

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May 11, 2024 11 a.m.

 

Monsters On the Loose: The True Story of Three Unsolved Murders in Prohibition Era San Diego;

Dr. Richard Carrico

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June 8, 2024 11 a.m.

 

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Rick Evans, Docent

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July 13, 2024 11 a.m.

 

A Willow Becomes a Forest – The Story of Hop Lee

Dr. Russell Low, Retired radiologist and former medical professor at Sharp and UCSD

Discussing his book, derived from his family history research, on the experiences of his Chinese immigrant ancestors in the Pacific Northwest from 1877 through 1925.

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August 10, 2024 11 a.m.

 

The Sugar King of California:The Life of Claus Spreckels

Dr. Sandra Bonura

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Recent Speakers

Presented February 10, 2024

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Behind the Mask

Javier Gonzalez-Meeks, Professor of history at Grossmont College;

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Presented January 13, 2024

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USS Midway Carrier Museum

Brian Butler and Steve Walker, Longtime Midway Docents

“Our two-part presentation details the whole history of the U.S. Navy’s longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century,” says Butler, “including a visual tour aboard the museum today.”

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Presented November 11, 2023

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The Nate Harrison Historical Archaeology Project

Dr. Seth Mallios,
SDSU anthropologist

Spoke on the latest discoveries of the Nate Harrison Historical Archaeology Project. 

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Presented October 14, 2023

 

Ghost Stories of San Diego County

Marilyn McPhie
Storyteller

Marilyn McPhie is President of the Storytellers of San Diego. She has telling stories professionally since 1985, performing for groups of all ages from Massachusetts to California  as well as in England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark and Germany.

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Presented September 9, 2023

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The History of San Diego Through Music

Many Strings Musical Group
with Jamie Burns and Chris Burns

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Presented August 12, 2023

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The 130,000 Year-Old Cerutti Mastodon Site

Tom Demere,
Curator of Paleontology, San Diego Museum of Natural History

In the early 1990s a team of scientists from the San Diego Natural History Museum and other institutions, working at a site near San Diego Bay, discovered the bones of a mastodon and evidence of humans processing those bones with tools. Their discovery made this the oldest archaeological site in the Americas, in the words of the museum’s website, “pushing back the record of early humans on this continent by more than 100,000 years.” Dr. Deméré, who was part of that team of discoverers, will discuss their findings and the reactions that followed.

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Presented July 8, 2023

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A Brief History of San Diego’s Chinese-American Community

Jacinta Wong,
Executive Director of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

Michael Yee,
Historian and Educator

Speaking on A Brief History of San Diego’s Chinese-American Community and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

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Presented June 10, 2023

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Black Vacqueros

Javier Gonzalez-Meeks,
Assistant Professor of History, San Diego Miramar College

“This presentation highlights the lesser known story of Black Vacqueros or Cowboys of the ‘Wild West,’” says Professor Meeks, “such as Bass Reeves, who inspired the story of The Lone Ranger.”

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Presented May 20, 2023

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Block 112: The Untold Story of San Diego’s Working Class in the 1880s

Cindy Stankowski
San Diego Archaeological Center

Will speak on the Untold Story of San Diego’s Working Class in the 1880s

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Presented April 8, 2023

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The Railroad Project that Never Happened

Bruce Semelsberger
The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

The 1887 railroad project connecting the Escondido, Poway, Bernardo and El Cajon valleys never came to be. Find out why.

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Presented March 11, 2023

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Dan Rios Photographic Collection

Alexa Clausen
The Escondido History Center
Sean Visintainer
Cal State San Marcos Library

In 2018 Dan Rios, a former photographer for the Escondido Times-Advocate newspaper, donated
his entire collection of photographic negatives to the CSUSM University Library. The collection
holds an estimated one million images showing people, places and events covering almost 40
years of North County history.

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Presented February 11, 2023

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The History of Oceanside

John Daley
Co-founder and board member, Oceanside Historical Society

“I will hit the highlights of Oceanside history and add some insights as a third generation Oceansider,” says Daley. “My great-grandparents came to Oceanside about five years after it was incorporated in 1888.” Daley’s business ventures include “running and owning the 101 Café, the oldest café along Historic US Highway 101, and helping to “start many non-profits, including the Oceanside Historical Society,” which he helped found in 1986.

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Presented January 14, 2023

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Resources for Historic Research at the San Diego County Archives

Aditi Worcester, County Archives Manager,
Kiera Sullivan, Archivist and Records Manager,
Val Handfield, Assistant Recorder/County Clerk

Located within the Office of the Recorder/County Clerk in Santee, the San Diego County Archives was established in 2020 as the repository for official county records going back to the creation of San Diego County in 1850. Those records range from property deeds and mortgage documents to birth, marriage and death records. Our speakers will describe how to access these documents which provide historic snapshots of county life.

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Past Programs from Previous Years

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2022

November 12, 2022 – The Sikes Adobe and the San Dieguito River Park: Our Natural and Human History Saved (Video Not Available)
Leana Bulay, Senior Interpretive Ranger, San Dieguito River Park,
Blanca DrapeauInterpretive Ranger, Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead

October 8, 2022 – The Latest On Our Past: New Discoveries from the Harris Site
Richard Carrico, Instructor of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University

September 10,2022Hidden Treasures in the San Diego City Archives.
Samantha Ely, Archives Program Manager
Anne Miggins, Deputy City Clerk

June 11, 2022 – From Measures to Missiles
Vincent Rossi, Historian and Author

May 14, 2022 – Brewers, Bootleggers and Bosses: Women in San Diego Brewing History
Judith Downie, Retired Special Collections and History Librarian at Cal State San Marcos

April 9, 2022 – The Floating City at Sea
Jean Harris, A veteran navy officer and longtime docent at the U.S.S. Midway Museum,

March 12, 2022 – Rancho Guajome and its Cast of Characters
Ron Quirk, Ranger at Rancho Guajome

February 12, 2022San Diego’s Forgotten Empire: The Legacy of John Diedrich Spreckels
Sandra Bonura, Author

 

2021 – Speakers Series on Hold