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

Winston Churchill   


Silents Under the Stars

with Scott Paulson, UC San Diego Library | LJHS Silent Film Curator

Join us for an outdoor film screening with live music and featuring the 1922 silent move The Electric House starring Buster Keaton and the 1923 Pathescope short film It's a Gift starring Snub Pollard.  Both films explore early Hollywood's fascination with mechanisms and inventions wreaking havoc to comic effect.  In addition, the evening will include footage filmed for a documentary of Balboa Park's 1915-16 Panama California Exposition entitled A Glimpse of the San Diego Exposition,  as well as Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand careening down the Prado in a madcap electric car in Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Expo.

Saturday, August 26 

Front Lawn of Wisteria Cottage 

The lawn opens at 7:00pm and films start at 8:00pm. 

Bring low chairs and a picnic dinner 

for a fun evening under the stars! 

Presented by the La Jolla Historical Society


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 include architects Trip Bennett speaking on the La Jolla YMCA Fire Station, David Marshall on The Headquarters downtown, James Brown on Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan, and others.  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 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.




Young Architects Summer Program

Young Architects Summer Camps will not be held in 2017, but will return in the summer of 2018!  Check back with us in March 2018!


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.