The Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties is a networking organization that brings together representatives of historical organizations, groups, museums and historical archives in California's San Diego and Imperial Counties.
The Congress of History of San Diego & Imperial Counties provides unity and coordinates the educational efforts of member organizations interested in promoting a greater awareness of the history of San Diego and Imperial Counties and outlying regions among its members and the general public.
The President’s Column
Dianne Cowen, President
Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties
What an awesome conference 2016 was! OASIS Mission Valley was a gracious host. Exhibit tables had thoughtful displays. Many of us lightened the load of all those offering books by purchasing several. And, our speakers were actively recruited to give their talks for other groups.
Now we are on to the 2017 conference, when we will remember our local involvement with the Great War, which, sadly, came to be known as World War I when a second great war followed 20 years after the 1919 Armistice. Alex Bevil has already recruited almost a full slate of speakers!
Congress of History Board Members have been inventorying the banker’s boxes of our materials, which former president Karna Webster gave us in 2014. Among the amazing finds in my two boxes are the scrapbooks for the 1975 and 1976 Congress of History conferences. (Back then they were called “conventions.”) The House of Hospitality in Balboa Park was the meeting location for those conventions, with Saturday meals served by the Casa del Prado Restaurant at the cost of $4.75 for lunch and $6.50 for dinner (oh, those prices!).
I also found membershiprecords from 1968 through 1977; they show that some organizations havebeen Congress of History members for many years. Among the old-timers are the Spring Valley Historical Society, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, El Cajon Historical Society, San Diego Historical Society (now the San Diego History Center), San Marcos Historical Society, Escondido Historical Society, and Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO). Of course some of your organizations weren’t established until after 1977. Our member organizations continue to have interesting exhibits and speakers throughout the San Diego region. Almost every weekend there are multiple events offered. Recently I attended the one-woman play “Waiting for MacArthur” produced by Hal Berry of the American History Theater, new members of the Congress of History. The play was staged at the Women’s Museum of California at Liberty Station. Among the attendees were two notable women: one was a woman who, like the protagonist, had served as an Army nurse during WWII, and the other woman had lived in the Philippines during WWII. My step-dad and his brother also spent WWII in the Philippines, and our family lived there during the mid-1950s. . . .
Thank you to the Lemon Grove Historical Society for hosting our Annual Meeting in the Tudor-Revival H. Lee House in February, at which we elected officers for 2016-’17 (see the article on page 4). Following the meeting we toured the society’s Parsonage Museum before lunching in Lemon Grove, and visiting the society’s history mural.
Look forward to seeing you soon, Dianne Cowen, president