Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society

Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society RSFHS is a nonprofit organization- "To preserve the history of Rancho Santa Fe in order to connect us
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What a great time celebrating July 4th in Rancho Santa Fe! The spirit of the community was out in full force, and the Hi...
07/07/2023

What a great time celebrating July 4th in Rancho Santa Fe! The spirit of the community was out in full force, and the Historical Society was happy to be a part of it! Big thank you to everyone involved, especially RSFHS’ own Cutter Clotfelter, for keeping this tradition alive and well in The Ranch 🇺🇸

In need of a last minute holiday gift?? 🎁Come by the RSF Historical Society and pick up a tote bag, tea towel, or one of...
12/20/2022

In need of a last minute holiday gift?? 🎁

Come by the RSF Historical Society and pick up a tote bag, tea towel, or one of our many great books on the history of Rancho Santa Fe! 📚

La Flecha House has been transformed for the holidays! 🎁Drop by the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society for some history ...
12/13/2022

La Flecha House has been transformed for the holidays! 🎁

Drop by the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society for some history and enjoy the cozy homestead

🕰️ Open Tuesday-Friday 10AM-3PM

Such a wonderful Stories from the Ranch event! Thank you Amy Hartman for sharing your research on Bing Crosby and his co...
12/02/2022

Such a wonderful Stories from the Ranch event!

Thank you Amy Hartman for sharing your research on Bing Crosby and his contributions that helped shape The Ranch as we know it today. We all learned so much!

Amy shared many wonderful songs, photos, articles, and more with the members of RSFHS that capture the influences Bing Crosby had in Rancho Santa Fe.

Amy has also just published her newest book
The Voyage of a Dress, more information on her book can be found at this link http://www.byamyhartman.com/ 📖

Thank you also to Caffe Positano and Thyme on the Ranch for the refreshments! ☕️🥐

Become a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society today to enjoy future member events and discounts!

The big day is finally here! It’s   and we need your help to make sure RSFHS can continue to maintain and preserve the h...
11/29/2022

The big day is finally here! It’s and we need your help to make sure RSFHS can continue to maintain and preserve the historic La Flecha House for years to come. 🏠

We’ve set an ambitious fundraising goal of $5,000 in just 24 hours, so it would mean the world to us if you donated today online!

Thank you!

Consider Donating to the RSF Historical Society! Thanksgiving is a day we gather with family & friends and give thanks f...
11/22/2022

Consider Donating to the RSF Historical Society! Thanksgiving is a day we gather with family & friends and give thanks for our many blessings.

Next Tuesday, November 29th, is the day we get together with people all over the world to celebrate the positive impact that giving can make in our communities. We would greatly appreciate your support via donations on   as we raise funds to maintain and preserve La Flecha House.

We are thankful for the Ranch Santa Fe community and your support 🍂

The first drizzly day of Fall calls for warm coffee and some history ☕️📚🍂Stop by RSFHS to learn about the history of the...
10/13/2022

The first drizzly day of Fall calls for warm coffee and some history ☕️📚🍂

Stop by RSFHS to learn about the history of the Ranch, buy a book to cozy up with, or become a member to enjoy our coming events!

Last night’s Fandango Event was wonderful!Thank you to all who showed up to drink, eat, and dance!Special thanks to the ...
10/08/2022

Last night’s Fandango Event was wonderful!
Thank you to all who showed up to drink, eat, and dance!

Special thanks to the live band Harmony Grove 🎶 and the balloon and floral designs by Studio 2053 💐

And a big thank you to the nights’s sponsors!

Beam Orthodontics
B & W Architects
Moxie Creative
The Chivetta Family
DOCTOR D SCHWAB®
Rancho Santa Fe Estate & Fine Jewelry
Sinclair Smiles
Ruskin Road
Country Friends
The Ermert Family

Tomorrow night is almost here! Come to the RSFHS Fandango Event 🎉Join us Friday night for food, drinks and live music fr...
10/06/2022

Tomorrow night is almost here!

Come to the RSFHS Fandango Event 🎉

Join us Friday night for food, drinks and live music from 5pm-8pm in our beautiful court yard.

🎟 avoid the line and purchase your tickets in advance online at our website! 🎟

We look forward to seeing you there!

What better way to celebrate Fall than with some cozy historical ambience! 🍂Join us October 7th from 5:00-8:00PM for the...
09/23/2022

What better way to celebrate Fall than with some cozy historical ambience! 🍂

Join us October 7th from 5:00-8:00PM for the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society’s Fandango Event!

Enjoy drinks, food, and live music 🌮🍹🎶

🎟 Tickets are on sale now online, and will also be available at the door 🎟

We hope to see you there!

09/22/2022
It’s a beautiful day to learn some Rancho Santa Fe history!
09/22/2022

It’s a beautiful day to learn some Rancho Santa Fe history!

Catch up on the latest at RSFHS for May and June. And send us your Lilian statue photos for us to use in future newslett...
05/19/2022

Catch up on the latest at RSFHS for May and June. And send us your Lilian statue photos for us to use in future newsletters!....
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John Vreeburg steps down after 18 years with RSFHS Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society History Connects Us All May/June 2022 | Newsletter Welcome New Members! RSFHS would like to welcome the following

Don't miss the latest updates in our April Newsletter! You'll love the article from  and stunning photos by  and Jennife...
04/12/2022

Don't miss the latest updates in our April Newsletter! You'll love the article from and stunning photos by and Jennifer Nelson!

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RSFHS opens its doors to adobe enthuiasts and students Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society History Connects Us All April 2022 | Newsletter Welcome New Members! RSFHS would like to welcome the following

Happy New Year from RSFHS! Read more from our President and get a peek the new 360 Virtual Tour.https://conta.cc/3nrRnjt
01/15/2022

Happy New Year from RSFHS! Read more from our President and get a peek the new 360 Virtual Tour.

https://conta.cc/3nrRnjt

We hope you enjoy our December 2021 Newsletter.Happy Holidays from Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society!https://conta.cc/3...
12/08/2021

We hope you enjoy our December 2021 Newsletter.

Happy Holidays from Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society!

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Giving Tuesday 2021 is almost here, and RSFHS is hoping YOU can make a difference!
11/29/2021

Giving Tuesday 2021 is almost here, and RSFHS is hoping YOU can make a difference!

Wrapping up this weekend with many thanks!The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society is so thankful for the Rancho Santa Fe ...
11/28/2021

Wrapping up this weekend with many thanks!

The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society is so thankful for the Rancho Santa Fe community as a whole ☀️

We are here because of you!

Couldn’t attend the Roaring 20’s Gala??There are still many ways to give to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society! Thro...
11/27/2021

Couldn’t attend the Roaring 20’s Gala??

There are still many ways to give to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society! Through membership, donations and via the “Giving Tuesday 2021” a portal set up to donate directly to RSFHS!

~ What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following the well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It will be celebrated on November 30th 2021.

It’s a day when people everywhere come together to do something to support the causes and communities that mean so much to us all!

The link to our “Giving Tuesday 2021” is open now and can be found on our website!

Flashback Friday ~Remembering the start of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society at La Flecha House, and how far this c...
11/27/2021

Flashback Friday ~

Remembering the start of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society at La Flecha House, and how far this community has come since it’s rural beginnings! Our mission at RSFHS is to preserve the history of Rancho Santa Fe in order to connect us to our past, our present and future.

Virtual History Lecture ~We are happy to share that Dr. Sandra Rebok, a visiting Scholar at University of California San...
11/12/2021

Virtual History Lecture ~

We are happy to share that Dr. Sandra Rebok, a visiting Scholar at University of California San Diego, is hosting two lectures on Alexander von Humboldt.

When -
November 12th at 6:30pm-8:00pm
and
November 17th at 12:00pm-1:00pm

Where -
They are both online events and open via Zoom to anyone interested in learning more about California History!

Please RSVP for Zoom link to [email protected]



https://sandrarebok.net/

Thank you to our guests, sponsors and volunteers for an unforgettable night celebrating Lilian Rice!https://conta.cc/3ws...
11/10/2021

Thank you to our guests, sponsors and volunteers for an unforgettable night celebrating Lilian Rice!
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Last Call to get your tickets to the Roaring 20's Gala! Don't miss out on the event of the year.https://conta.cc/3BHdrvk
10/14/2021

Last Call to get your tickets to the Roaring 20's Gala! Don't miss out on the event of the year.

https://conta.cc/3BHdrvk

Roaring 20’s Gala ~We are less than two weeks from the big night! If you are still deciding what to wear check out one o...
10/12/2021

Roaring 20’s Gala ~

We are less than two weeks from the big night! If you are still deciding what to wear check out one of our sponsors, EDIT Consignment & Boutique. They have quite a few dresses and gowns as well as accessories for the Gatsby theme if anyone still needs an outfit!

Recently a photo shoot was done with inspiration from Lilian Rice and her fellow Rancho Santa Fe Civic Center pals. These lovely ladies were dressed to impress and are very much giving 1920s glam!

Amazing photo! 📸

Read our October Newsletter to find out more about the statue unveiling and Roaring 20's Gala. Plus, we say goodbye to a...
10/08/2021

Read our October Newsletter to find out more about the statue unveiling and Roaring 20's Gala. Plus, we say goodbye to a dear friend.

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Flashback Friday ~ #1: Anyone for Golf? Rancho Santa Fe, photo taken circa 1940s #2: Rancho Santa Fe civic center, photo...
10/01/2021

Flashback Friday ~

#1: Anyone for Golf? Rancho Santa Fe, photo taken circa 1940s

#2: Rancho Santa Fe civic center, photo taken circa 1950s

#3: Snapshot at the corner of Avenida Acacias and Paseo Delicias, photo taken 1923

Coffee in the Courtyard Speaker Series ~ Yet another amazing speaker! Thank you Fred Grand for the amazing presentation,...
09/17/2021

Coffee in the Courtyard Speaker Series ~

Yet another amazing speaker! Thank you Fred Grand for the amazing presentation, Rancho Santa Fe in the first 7,000 years: Prehistoric Times to Rancho San Dieguito.

Fred is a Kumeyaay descendant and current Director of Community Engagement for Descendants of Early San Diego. Fred shred with us his knowledge of San Diego County’s first people and significant archeological sites in the San Dieguito Valley, including Osuna Ranch.

Special thanks to Park West and Caffe Positano for the refreshments! ☕️🥐🍉

Rancho Santa Fe Legends ~   Walter Schirra, Jr., born March 12, 1923 in Hackensack, NJ. He was commonly known as “Wally”...
09/15/2021

Rancho Santa Fe Legends ~

Walter Schirra, Jr., born March 12, 1923 in Hackensack, NJ. He was commonly known as “Wally”, and began flying at just thirteen years-old.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Schirra was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy on June 6, 1945. Schirra served during the final months of World War II aboard the large cruiser USS Alaska.

Schirra received his naval aviator wings in 1948 and joined Fighter Squadron 71 (VF-71) at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. He spent the next ten years flying various missions for the US Navy.

From 1959 to 1969, Walter Schirra, Jr. had an impressive career with NASA. At the start, he was one of 110 military test pilots for the newly formed NASA Project Mercury, the first US-crewed space flight program. He became one of the “Original Seven” selected for the mission. He eventually became the only astronaut to fly in all three of the early US crewed spaceflight programs - Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. In 1969, Schirra left NASA Astronaut Corps after the Apollo launch and also retired from the US Navy as a rank of Captain.

Schirra settled into retirement in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and remained in San Diego until his passing in May of 2007.

Rancho Santa Fe Village Historic Walking Tour ~ The RSFHS is happy to announce our newest community use feature! A guide...
09/10/2021

Rancho Santa Fe Village Historic Walking Tour ~

The RSFHS is happy to announce our newest community use feature! A guided walking tour around Rancho Santa Fe’s village center describing historical buildings and locations via the Clio app 📲

Clio is an educational website and mobile application that guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States. This walking tour gives residents and visitors a way of taking in local history and sunshine ☀️

To access this walking tour:
1. download the free Clio app
2. search “Rancho Santa Fe” in location line
3. click “Walking Tour of the Historic Rancho Santa Fe Village”
4. Enjoy!

This app provides a brief history on each location. You can either read this information on the app page or listen via the audio option. Let the app tour guide you, or make your own rout around the RSF Village area!

Special thanks to our UCSD intern, Sophia Daluraya, for her hard work and contribution to this project!

Photo One:When a dispute between truck workers caused a halt in moving forward with construction, Lilian Rice and her fe...
09/03/2021

Photo One:
When a dispute between truck workers caused a halt in moving forward with construction, Lilian Rice and her fellow Rancho Santa Fe civic center women took the job upon themselves to drive the trucks. The four women dressed themselves in riding and hiking gear to tackle the job at hand. (1923)
Names listed clockwise - Lilian Rice (Master Architect, leaning with hat in hand), Virginia Smith (the hostess of La Morada), Bertha Kreuziger (secretary for the irrigation district), and Doris Chaney (Leone Sinnard’s secretary)

Photo Two:
View Point - Standing on the porch of the Rancho Santa Fe Inn, then named La Morada, looking down Paseo Delicias (1923)

Photo Three:
Rush hour at the intersection of Paseo Delicias, El Montevideo, and La Valle Plateada
(circa 1950s)

Coffee in the Courtyard Speaker Series“The Osuna Adobe: Saved by Rancho Santa Fe …. Twice!”We are delighted to welcome b...
08/17/2021

Coffee in the Courtyard Speaker Series

“The Osuna Adobe: Saved by Rancho Santa Fe …. Twice!”

We are delighted to welcome back RSFHS Historian, Vonn Marie May, to speak to us about the history of the beloved Osuna Adobe. Join us on Friday, August 20th to learn more about the tumultuous history of one of the oldest historic adobes in California. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017, we want to share its special story so we can preserve and protect this cultural asset.

Space is limited to 20, so please reserve your spot now via our RSFHS website.

Program:
9:30 - Coffee and refreshments served
10:00 - Program begins
10:45 - Speaker Q&A Session

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PO Box 1, 6036 La Flecha
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
92067

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 3pm
Wednesday 10am - 3pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

(858) 756-9291

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The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society is kicking off Rancho Days this Friday, October 7 with their much anticipated Fandango event, taking palce from 5-8pm. Kids of all ages will be dancing in the streets to the music of Harmony Grove, and the big kids can enjoy margaritas, wine, and beer. Tickets for this treasured community event are on sale at www.rsfhs.org.
Glenn & Ida May Moore Rowhouse
6126 Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego County, CA

Building Dates: 1926 Initial Construction
Delineator: Juan Tampe ( The Catholic University of America); 1991.

SIGNIFICANCE
This building, commissioned by the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company as a small-scale pre-sold speculative in the midst of the commercial center of the town, is one of a group of four rowhouses in the Civic Center of Rancho Santa Fe designed by Lilian Jenette Rice in emulation of urban residences in Spain. The house has a public (street) decorated with iron window grills and heavy wooden gate, and private front patio and back garden. It is the only one of the four rowhouses with its original interior fabric still intact.

LEARN MORE
See the rest of the HABS documentation in The Library of Congress at https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca1680/

Read about Lilian Rice, one of the first to earn a degree in from the University of California, Berkeley in the class of 1910, on the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society webpage at
https://www.ranchosantafehistoricalsociety.org/about/history/lillian-rice

I found my next staycation spot 😍 Have you been here?

I got a chance to visit The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa today for a special CBS 8 San Diego story I’m working on, and I felt like I was on a little retreat 💚 I’m off the anchor desk today to do this story— and you really can’t beat this outdoor office!

What a hidden gem nestled in the hills of San Diego 💎 Thank you, Kathy Reese, for welcoming me and Jon Stinebaugh to your beautiful grounds! Congratulations on your upcoming milestone of celebrating 100 years in the community ✨

📌Fun fact: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe was established in 1923. It was designed by Lilian Rice of National City, one of the first female architects to graduate from UC Berkeley🌟 She designed and supervised the entire downtown community village of Rancho Santa Fe, inspired to create the serenity of a Spanish village. (swipe ⬅️ for a photo of Lilian Rice, 📷 courtesy Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society )

From The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s website: Rice declared, “I have found real joy at Rancho Santa Fe. Every environment here calls for simplicity and beauty: the gorgeous natural landscapes, the gently broken topography, the nearby mountains. No one with a sense of fitness, it seems to me, could violate these natural factors by creating anything that lacked simplicity in line and form and color.”

Most of us can’t afford to live in a place like RSF, which has the 13th most expensive zip code in the U.S., according to … but for those who want to experience a little piece of the calm and tranquil setting, you can enjoy lunch, dinner, or a weekend staycation in The Ranch 🌴
Sharing for our friends at Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society :
Coffee in the Courtyard Speaker Series

"After the pandemic hiatus we are happy to announce that we will resume our Coffee in the Courtyard Speaker Series beginning this month. On Friday, July 16, 2021 we welcome Lilian Rice biographer Diane Y. Welch. She will speak to us about the life and times of the remarkable Lilian J. Rice. Space is limited to 30, so CLICK HERE to reserve your spot now!" https://www.ranchosantafehistoricalsociety.org/2021-speaker-series
Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society planning for a "Roaring 20s" celebration later this year with the installation of new Lilan Rice statue
A new Lilian Rice statue will be placed in the village green in the coming weeks. The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society hopes to celebrate Rancho Santa Fe's architect with the community next year
100 years ago in the fall of 1918 the Lake Hodges Dam was completed, turning the desert canyon into a garden paradise which later became Rancho Santa Fe. Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society Lake Hodges
https://www.thecoastnews.com/lake-hodges-dam-reaching-a-milestone/
Looking forward to Fandango this evening at starts at 4:30pm💃🏻.
John Vreeberg with the Ranch Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society and Stacey Lankford Pennington
Hi there, recently passed through your town admiring the rural Spanish beauty and going inside the Inn so I bought Vonn May's book which answered the question of where and what happened to the Wishing Well Hotel that my grandparents went to. However, it did not answer the question of where the Hacienda was on this matchbook cover that's been in my collection for years. Any info? Nothing Googleable except a neighborhood called Hacienda. Maybe these 70s and 80s homes referred to were build on the former property. It also mentions a golf course. Attached image. Click to show full view if it doesn't. My guess is this matchcover is before WW II.
Fun day at Historic Home Tour🏡. Thank you Sharon, John, Norma and Paulette Pilcik Britton👫! Great Job!!!👍🏻
Cooley Law expert seth Rafkin Esq on Tom Gildred of san diego at Emerald Textiles
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Read all about the most bizarre Lawsuit used as a cover up for a love affair which includes both husband and wife's effort to cover.
Truly one for the law books.
Join the AIA Palomar, WIA|P, and Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society this Saturday, May 20th, for "A Walk Through The Village of Rancho Santa Fe!"
Get more information & RSVP here: http://ow.ly/5nnC30bOS1p