You can find this beautiful piece of art at the CHA store! Come by and see everything local artists are displaying!
Come explore the history of beautiful Coronado Island, California at the Coronado Historical Associa Visit https://coronadohistory.org/shop/ to order. Thank you!
The Coronado Historical Association is happy to announce that our galleries and store are open. Our programs and research services continue to be actively available. You can find more information about these initiatives at www.coronadohistory.org. Like many cultural organizations around the country, CHA experienced significant revenue loss due to the pandemic. We need your support. Please consider
making a tax-deductible donation to support the continued preservation of our community's history. Donate today at https://coronadohistory.org/donations/.
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You can find this beautiful piece of art at the CHA store! Come by and see everything local artists are displaying!
Happy St. Patricks Day! Who remembers the Coronado favorite "The Irish Craftsman"?
CHA is excited to announce that the Coronado Tennis Association is sponsoring next week's Wine & Lecture by local Coronadan and award-winning New York Times tennis & global sports correspondent Christopher Clarey who will speak on his NYT Best Selling Book, The Master, a biography of Roger Federer.
Coronado POW and MIA wives such as Sybil Stockdale and Pat Mearns were unwavering and steadfast. Their narratives are the quintessential American story. Learn how a group of women persevered against all odds.
Thank you, San Diego Central Library, for highlighting Clara Breed.
We're celebrating San Diego women who have made a difference during . Clara Breed worked for the San Diego Public Library for 42 years and is best known for her advocacy on behalf of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. During her 25 years as head librarian, she expanded the City’s library system, promoted youth services and encouraged libraries to build multicultural collections. Learn more about Clara Breed here https://bit.ly/3mJFzvm
Nothing says being proud of your city like displaying it on your car! Swing by for your own crown city license plate holder at the CHA store!
in 1973, another group of American POWs were released to return home from Vietnam. Colonel Hal Kushner, who is featured in CHA's current exhibit Open Doors, was among those released. Stop by the museum to learn more.
Hal Kushner talks about his life as a POW, the comrades he lost and what The Wall means to him.
The Opening Reception for the Cherished Memories of Our Enchanted Island exhibit is today at 2 p.m. at the . Be sure to share your favorite by adding them to the notebook in Spreckels Reading Room.
Purchase this POW MIA You are not forgotten poster online at coronadohistory.org or at CHA store!
Coronado's Heritage Bulletin - https://mailchi.mp/coronadohistory/heritage_happenings_81622-787352
Members Only Home Tour Tickets on Sale Now: https://coronadohistory.org/2023-home-tour/
Patrolman Arthur Fox Roy Freeman is presenting the safe driving award to David Ferguson as the outstanding high school driver. The picture was published in Coronado Eagle and Journal on 6 October 1949.
Another beautiful original by local artist Tina Christiansen. This piece of art of a “Northern Flicker” original is on birch board. You can find this piece, more birds, and ocean scenes at the CHA store.
Today is . we are celebrating women's narratives and highlighting the unwavering POW and MIA wives from the Vietnam War era. In an era where women could not easily obtain credit cards, a mortgage, or a car loan, these accidental activists convinced the US President and Congress to advocate for America's missing men. Reserve your seat for the Unwavering author talk and copy of the book here: https://coronadohistory.org/calendar/event/unwavering-author-event/
Coronado Public Library Coronado Arts Unwavering Book
New Exhibit Now Open at CHA - https://mailchi.mp/coronadohistory/open-doors-now-open-at-cha
We are looking forward to the March 12th reception!
The current exhibit in the Coronado Public Library’s Spreckels Reading Room is a collection of artworks entitled Cherished Memories of Our Enchanted Island. This show brings to our community a true walk down memory lane. On March 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a reception, light refreshments will be served, and fond remembrances exchanged between friends old and new are guaranteed.
Do you remember these sandwiches from the 1980s in Coronado?
The 1980s are becoming a blur, but food memories for me always seem to stick. I remember the classic Italian grinder at S & M Submarine Sandwiches on Orange Avenue (the location is now Moo Time Creamery). My fondest memories of this sandwich shop were in high school. My brother and two best friends....
Fifty years ago today, the second group of American POWs are released from Hanoi, including Coronadans Cdr. William Stark, Capt. Ernest Moore, and Cdr. Edward Martin. Learn more about POWs after their return home in CHA's exhibit Open Doors, which is now open.
This week's volunteer spotlight is Rick!
What is your favorite memory from growing up on Coronado?
Our first house was at 1060 Alameda - we were one block from the beach and there were empty lots around us. We would build forts on the lot next to us. I remember a street light being right outside my bedroom door which was a great night light. Another favorite memory is that we would collect empty glass bottles at the beach and take them to the "Free brothers' market" (now Chase bank). We would get a bottle deposit of 3 cents per bottle and when we had enough saved up we would buy a hot dog and a coke. I think it was 25 cents back then.
Do you collect anything now?
I have a 50-piece collection of heavy-duty 1/50 scale construction equipment. Bulldozers, excavators, and dump trucks. I have been collecting for 10 years but have not added any new items recently. My wife won't let me ;)
Stop by the Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Fifty Years of Freedom exhibit this weekend and be sure to purchase your copy of the Open Doors book. We are open 10 am to 3 pm.
We were honored to host POW/MIA Families last night at our family opening reception for the Open Doors: 50 Years of Freedom. The exhibit opens today at 10:00 am. The exhibit is generously sponsored by CACI International, Discover Coronado, and Coronado Rotary Club.
Special thanks to curators Jamie Howren Photography and Taylor Kiland.
It tells the story of 30 former Vietnam prisoners of war and what their lives were like after coming out of captivity.
We are saddened to share of the passing of former CHA Board Member, Mike Dabbar.
Michel (Mike) Dabbar passed away on February 23rd, 2023 peacefully in his sleep at the age of 88. Mike wanted his obituary to reflect his love of God and his family, as well as his gratitude to the United States, a country that welcomed him and gave him a second chance at life. He was […]
Today is the first day of . This month we will be celebrating women's narratives and highlighting the Vietnam War era POW and MIA wives. In honor of these women, today we are remembering the work of Sybil Stockdale who lead the to advocate for their husbands' release from Vietnam captivity. You can learn more about Vietnam War history at CHA's exhibit about Vietnam POWs which opens this Friday.
Learn more about Coronado's Black History:
Coronado resident Kevin Ashley has dedicated time over the last few years to researching untold stories of Coronado’s history through the creation of The Coronado Black History Project, a website
Es su última oportunidad de usar el pase para la admisión a mitad de precio a los museos participantes en el condado de San Diego. ¡Planee su próxima aventura hoy! Descargue su pase directamente a su teléfono en sandiegomuseumcouncil.org. El pase es válido hasta el 28 de Febrero.
Volunteer Spotlight! Meet our volunteer, Peg -
Why did you choose to volunteer?
I moved around a lot as an Army brat. Wherever we were stationed, my parents volunteered. That was my role model. Having spent part of my life in Coronado I wanted to become involved in the community and always have embraced the mission of CHA.
What's the best advice you were ever given?
Don't take yourself too seriously!
There is nothing quite like a unique ocean-themed reminder of a Coronado sunset. Available for purchase in the CHA store.
Check out this image from 1913 of Mr. Chadwick delivering the mail on his mail cart. You could often find Louis Millen and Arthur Holmes, son of then Mayor of Coronado George Holmes, assisting Mr. Chadwick on his route!
This set of 4 Hotel Del Coasters is the perfect finishing touch to any Coronado home! Get your pack at the CHA store.
Happy Birthday, Bunny MacKenzie! Born in 1912, Bunny was a lifelong Coronado resident. Bunny is best known for having operated “Miss Bunny’s Preschool” for over 40 years, starting in 1935. But she is also known as the beloved founding president of the Coronado Historical Association which was established in 1969. She was a tireless preservationist and historian. Miss Bunny passed in 2002, but CHA continues to honor her legacy and devotion to Coronado history through our mission-driven work!
Stop by the CHA store and pick up a Coronado postcard! Let someone know you are thinking of them and send them one today.
Happy President's Day! Pictured is the first President to visit Coronado, President Benjamin Harrison. You can see him standing on the steps of the Hotel Del Coronado in 1891.
Local artist Lucinda Swain has created beautiful oil paintings inspired by the ocean. Come into the CHA store today to see these gems!
The Hotel Del's fire fighting team c. 1889!
Come into CHA to see the works of our newest local artist Dearing English. This artist has found a way to give seaweed a new, artistic life by pressing it into cards and jewelry. For a unique gift for someone or yourself, come in today!
Today's offers a glimpse into the early 1900's. Pictured is a hot air balloon, but more interestingly is the sign in the back that says "Drink Coca-Cola Pure and Healthful"!
We hope you are celebrating a wonderful Valentines Day with your sweetheart!
Stop by the today (Monday, February 13) and tomorrow (Tuesday, February 14) from 10 am to 12 pm to talk with Taylor Kiland, one of the curators of the upcoming CHA exhibit Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Fifty Years of Freedom. Docents will be on hand to collect audio oral histories and to photograph any memorabilia about Operation Homecoming, the 1973 release of American POWs in Vietnam.
On this day 50 years ago, the first Vietnam POWs, newly freed, came home. This photo shows them cheering as their aircraft lifts off from Hanoi. This was the first of 54 flights from Feb 12 to April 4, 1973 that returned 591 POWs to America. (US Air Force photo)
The March issue of Coronado 365 Magazine, coming out in a few weeks, features an article commemorating this 50th anniversary and the exhibit that will be opening at Coronado Historical Association on March 3.
Learn more about POW history by signing up for our virtual talk at the San Diego History Center.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Operation Homecoming, the government and military mission to return the 591 American Prisoners of War that were held by North Vietnam.
Join Christine Stokes, Executive Director, and Vickie Stone, Curator of Collections from the Coronado Historical Association for this timely virtual discussion!
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We are live with our new FREE historic walking tour app! Celebrating National Preservation Month!
Join the Historical Association, the City of Coronado, and Coronado MainStreet Ltd. at our annual celebration of historic preservation in Coronado! This year's Preservation Symposium will be held virtually on Thursday, May 12, 2022. CHA is honored to host the State of California's Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), Julianne Polanco. The SHPO is responsible for the operation and management of the Office of Historic Preservation, as well as long-range preservation planning. The Governor appoints the SHPO, in consultation with the State Historical Resources Commission and the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Ms. Polanco will introduce this year's presenting speaker, Shannon Lauchner Pries, a Historian from the SHPO's Local Government & Environmental Compliance Unit. Ms. Pries will share the State’s historic preservation initiatives, with a particular focus on historic districts. The event will also include a presentation from Tricia Olsen, City of Coronado Associate Planner, on the City's Historic Preservation Program and how to designate a home as a historic resource.
Calling all CHA members! Have you heard of the big exchange? Check out this video or go to our website to learn more about how you can access free admission to 40+ museums all across San Diego until May 18th! Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3rUfd9G
We're LIVE! Join us for this Uprooted Exhibit Event featuring Coronado resident, Setsuo Iwash*ta.
Looking for a few books, Coronado keepsakes, cards, or photographs? We’ve got you covered at CHA!
We feature a number of local authors ranging from history, children's books, and exciting fiction. Come on in and take a look at what we have in store for you! https://bit.ly/2WufMuc
We're live! For the last Bite of History in June. Join us to learn more about how to conduct oral history interviews!
Come explore the history of beautiful Coronado Island, California at the Coronado Historical Association Museum of History and Art. Walk through the three detailed exhibits and learn how a simple fishing trip in 1885 turned into the founding of this island paradise.
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