Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees...until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children?
About the La Jolla Historical Society
The La Jolla Historical Society is a 501c3 nonprofit public benefit corporation whose mission is to inspire and empower the community to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life. The Society looks toward the future while celebrating the past, preserves and shares La Jolla’s distinctive sense of place, and serves as a thriving community resource and gathering place where residents and visitors explore history, art, ideas and culture.
Incorporated in 1964, the Society embarked on a program of practice that continues to the present-day: collecting historic photographs, public records, private documents, and newspaper archives reflecting La Jolla’s past, recording oral histories of those who have made significant contributions to the community, and serving as educator of La Jolla’s heritage.
The Society serves as community reviewer and advocate for the City of San Diego regarding the historic designation of properties located in La Jolla, and in 2014 was recognized with the preservation advancement award by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board, and was named 2014 Preservationists of the Year by the Save Our Heritage Organisation.
The Society operates a campus of three historic buildings it owns and maintains within the Scripps/Gill cultural zone built in the early 1900s. The 1904 Wisteria Cottage, which was gifted to the Society in 2008 by Ellen Revelle, has been restored and rehabilitated with expanded, museum-standard gallery space for changing exhibitions and educational programs. The Society also operates a 1909 cottage serving as offices and providing public research space, and a 1916 Carriage House retrofitted for state-of-the-art storage of the Society’s archive and collection.
The Society continues to develop an expanding list of programs and collaborations to link today’s audiences with the rich history of La Jolla’s past. This includes exhibitions, lecture and panel series, education camps for youth, collaborative programs with educational and cultural institutions, oral history initiatives, and popular annual community events such as the Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla and the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and Motor Car Classic.
Our Board of Directors
Judith Haxo, President
Weston Anson, Vice President
Ruth Covell, M.D. , Vice President
Nick Agelidis, Ph.D., Treasurer
Elizabeth Barkett, SecretaryJames Alcorn, AIA
Laura DuCharme Conboy, AIA
Diane Kane, Ph.D.
Seonaid McArthur, Ed.D.
Heath Fox, Executive Director
Carol Olten, Historian
Michael Mishler, Archivist
William Carey, Business Assistant