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
Executive Director Recruitment
The La Jolla Historical Society’s mission is to inspire and empower the community to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life, and serve as a resource and gathering place where residents and visitors explore history, art, ideas and culture. LJHS has built a reputation for collaborative, transhistorical, interdisciplinary exhibitions and programs across arts, humanities, and science fields. Projects range in diversity, from contemporary art to historic preservation, local history to current affairs, the natural to the built environment. LJHS is looking for an experienced museum professional as Executive Director to serve as a forward-thinking, innovative, and creative chief executive officer. The Executive Director will be committed to museum excellence and best practices, cultivation of multiple stakeholder and constituent groups, and to providing interrelated strategic vision and operational leadership.
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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, encouraging exploration of the past in ways that inform the present and shape the future. The Society preserves and shares La Jolla’s distinctive sense of place, and serves as a community resource and gathering place where residents and visitors explore history, art, ideas and culture.
Unique in its role as a historic house museum, the Society develops projects that engage disciplinary boundaries and explore the relationship of culture to society, collaborating with guest curators, artists, architects, and other cultural producers. Programs include exhibitions, presentations, symposia, discussions, interviews, architecture tours, youth education, and annual community events such as the Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla and the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance & Motor Car Classic. The Society consults with the City of San Diego regarding landmark designation of properties located in La Jolla.
The Society operates a campus of three historic buildings it owns and maintains within the Scripps/Gill cultural zone. The 1904 Wisteria Cottage, 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 as offices and providing public research space, and a 1916 carriage house retrofitted for state-of-the-art storage of the Society’s archival collection, which includes historic photographs, public records, private documents, and newspaper archives.
Funding provided by the City of San Diego
Our Board of Directors
Suzanne Sette, President
Matthew Mangano, PE, Vice President
Richard Wildman, Esq., Secretary
Nick Agelidis, Treasurer
Weston Anson, Immediate Past President
Laura DuCharme Conboy, AIA
Ruth Covell, M.D.
Heather Crane, AIA
Molly McClain, Ph.D.
Bryn Young, AIA
Heath Fox, Executive Director
Dana Hicks, PhD, Deputy Director and Collections Manager
Carol Olten, Historian
William Carey, Business and Operations Assistant