We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.

Winston Churchill   


The Children’s Pool: A Historic Analysis 

La Jolla Riford Branch Library, 7555 Draper Avenue

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00pm | FREE

A presentation by LJHS Board Members Diane Kane PhD and Matthew Mangano PE

Join us for this lively review of the history of the Children’s Pool.  Conceived by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps and her brilliant engineer Hiram Savage, together they planned, designed, and constructed this iconic La Jolla landmark. See historic plans and photographs and learn about the technical challenges, political intrigue, and social benefits of this ground-breaking project. The presenters analyze the changes that have occurred to this National Register-eligible resource over the past 87 years, and invite you to evaluate its importance to La Jolla’s community history.

Young Architects Summer Program

SOLD OUT. Session 1: Middle School, July 23 - 27, 2018 | 9:00am - 3:00pm | Tuition $700

SOLD OUT. Session 2: High School, July 30 - August 3, 2018 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Tuition $750

The La Jolla Historical Society hosts week-long summer programs to introduce Middle and High School students to the principles of architecture and its role in the building of community. This program, designed by architects and educators, combines guided tours that explore the breadth of architectural styles represented in La Jolla with practice-based drawing, modeling, and computer workshops. The program is organized and taught by architects in La Jolla and San Diego.   Laura DuCharme-Conboy, AIA, LEED AP, is lead organizer for the two session series. 

The Silent Films of Lois Weber | "SHOES"

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Bring low chairs or a blanket and a picnic dinner

The lawn opens at 7:00pm and the film begins at 8:00pm

Live music and sound effects by film curator Scott Paulson

Lois Weber directed, wrote, and acted in more than a hundred movies during the silent film era.  Her career began at Gaumont Studies in Flushing, NY in 1908 and ended with the coming of the “talkies.” Weber’s pioneering innovations in film technique and subject matter are often compared to the early cinema mastermind D.W. Griffith.  Most of her films have been lost, but one that was found and restored is “Shoes,” the story of a shopgirl’s woes that she directed for Universal’s Bluebird Photoplays in Los Angeles in 1916 based on an essay about working class women by social reformer Jane Addams. 

Woman Archiving

LJHS Internships

The La Jolla Historical Society offers ongoing opportunities for higher education undergraduate or graduate students to work on archival and content-based projects. Please contact the Society’s staff Archivist.

BEtalks: Dialogues on the Built Environment: ADAPTIVE REUSE

BEtalks: Dialogues on the Built Environment is part of the Society’s public program series designed to address the broader issues of the built environment.  The purpose of these programs is to serve as an educational platform that informs the community discussion about land use, development, urban planning, historic preservation, and sustainability.  Within this framework, we invite you to join us for an evening-under-the-stars with case study presentations on the topic of ADAPTIVE REUSE.  Presenters:

Trip Bennett - Shepherd YMCA Fire Station (La Jolla)

David Marshall - The Headquarters (Downtown)

Rebecca (Becky) Stone - Punch Bowl Social (East Village)

James Brown - Bread & Salt (Barrio Logan)

David Hawkins - Structure Lofts (Bankers Hill)

The evening will include “visuals,” a curated selection of adaptive reuse projects from throughout San Diego presented on screen prior to the live program.

Join us on Sunday, October 15, 2017 on the front lawn of Wisteria Cottage. 
Bring low beach chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner.  Complimentary beverages. 
The lawn opens at 5:00pm and the program starts at 6:30pm.
Organized by the La Jolla Historical Society as a program of ARCHTOBERFEST 2017.

Ellen Browning Scripps Luncheon



with Tom Mayes, Vice President | Senior Counsel,  National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tom Mayes has written and spoken widely on
why old places matter to people, historic
house museums, and preservation public
policy. For many years, he taught historic
preservation law at the University of Maryland
Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. In
2013, he received the National Endowment
for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation,
and wrote a series of essays titled Why Old
Places Matter.


$60 LJHS MEMBERS| $70 NON-MEMBERS | Seating is limited