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The Society provides a variety of educational programs and community events for a wide range of audiences. Programs include lectures, guided tours, special events, workshops, advocacy events, and collaborative activities. Our mission is to link history to contemporary culture and provide a rich variety of interesting, informative, and engaging activities.



Hosted by the La Jolla Historical Society, this annual event commemorates one of La Jolla's most famous community philanthropist, Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932). Please join us in honoring the memory of this extraordinary La Jollan whose legacy enhances all of our lives and community every day.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Molly McClain

Professor of History,University of San Diego

Professor McClain teaches British and European History with an emphasis on art, architecture, and culture. A ninth-generation San Diegan, she co-edits The Journal of San Diego History.


Lecture: “When Women Ruled the World”

Ellen Browning Scripps was the richest woman in California in 1914, but she didn’t buy cars, racehorses, or even a baseball team. Instead, she invested in the institutions that promised social and political change, founding a school, playground, college, hospital, and research center. For all of these achievements, she has been nearly forgotten. Join Professor Molly McClain in recovering the life and legacy of this public-spirited philanthropist.


Date and Location:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

11:30 am to 2:00pm.


La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, California



Please RSVP before November 7, 2014. Space is limited.

Complimentary valet parking available.


We appreciate your participation and generosity!



Ellen Browning Scripps Luncheon - LJHS members - $55.00

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Ellen Browning Scripps Luncheon - General Public - $65.00

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La Jolla Modern Home Tour



La Jolla Modern Home Tour

9:30-11:00am at the La Jolla Historical Society
Coffee and pastries, Register for the Modern Home Tour, View The Irving Gill Photographic Project exhibition

11:00am to 3:00pm
Tour of three Modern homes
LJHS Members $25   General Public $35
Limited to the first 100 registrants
Register HERE or call 858.459.5335



Ellen Browning Scripps Luncheon


Silent Night: The La Jolla Cinema League and the Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra


A program of silent films with live music accompaniment will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Coast Room of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD).

The program will consist of a silent feature film, “Uninvited Guests,” and shorts shot and directed in La Jolla in the 1920s by the La Jolla Cinema League, a group of local filmmakers experimenting with 16 mm productions.

The feature film has locations in La Jolla substituting for ghost-inhabited English manor houses. It is being presented under auspices of the La Jolla Historical Society and Scott Paulson, events coordinator at the UCSD Library.


Admission is free.

November 13, 2014 at 7pm.
Coast Room at Museum of Contempoary Art San Diego
700 Prospect Street, La Jolla


Presented by the La Jolla Historical Society and the UCSD Library