The Cove - Alson Clark

We have an obligation to maintain these that people may be in the presence of forces larger than those of the moment.

Ken Burns   Documentary Film Director and Preservationist

Upcoming Events

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Notices

Notice of March 24, 2020: Community Events Rescheduled

The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla has been rescheduled to August 7-8, 2020.

The La Jolla Concours d'Elegance & Motor Car Classic has been rescheduled to September 19-20, 2020.

Notice of March 18, 2020: The Corona Chronicles

The La Jolla Historical Society invites you to send us your stories of life during the Coronavirus Pandemic - we've even given this project a name: The Corona Chronicles.  Let us know how this historic event is affecting you, your neighbors, and our community. Share your stories by emailing us at  We will collate and archive your stories, make them available to future historians and researchers, and they will become part of community history! Here are some things you could tell us about-

How's morale?  In this strange and uncertain time, how are you feeling about the curtailing of social interaction?  What is your experience practicing social distancing?  What are you most fearful of? How are you adapting? Do you have examples of how our community is coming together?

What are you reading? With more than the usual amount of time at home, what's on your reading list this spring?  A favorite genre or author?  What's been your favorite book?  What are you most looking forward to reading?

What are you watching? Are you spending more time in front of the flatscreen?  What movies have you been watching? Or plan to watch?  How about television series programs?  Any favorite episodes, or ones you're particularly looking forward to?

How's your garden? Some nice rains lately, and the wisteria is in bloom here at the Historical Society. How about your garden?  Is it in good shape?  Any new plantings in mind this year?  Or perhaps an updated design plan you could tell us about?

What are you cooking? With a little more time at home just now, are you cooking more? What are your comfort foods? Share your favorite recipes? 

Share a memory. Are you a La Jolla native?  A San Diego native?  Share a favorite memory of growing up in the community.  A transplant?  Remember your first impressions of moving here?  Send a story of your personal experience. 

 Write to us at

 Be part of community history.  Thank you!


Notice of March 17, 2020:  LJHS Exhibition Galleries and Archive Temporarily Closed

The La Jolla Historical Society will temporarily close to the public starting March 18, and will continue to be guided by recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and California, California Department of Public Health, and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.  The Wisteria Cottage galleries are closed, as is access to the public for archival research.  Our goal is to limit social contact to help curb the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis.

With our doors temporarily closed, your access to La Jolla history remains open—visit us on this website, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

During these uncertain and disruptive times, your support for the Society is more vital than ever, and we ask that you consider making an early donation for 2020 by contributing now.  Your support will help us navigate this crisis and provide a bridge to a time when our exhibitions, educational programming, research accessibility, and community events return to stability. 

You can make a donation on this website under "SUPPORT."  Your generosity is immensely appreciated! 

In addition, we want to hear from you about how this historic event is affecting you, your neighbors, and our community. Please share your stories by emailing us at  We will collate and archive your stories, make them available to future historians and researchers, and they will become part of community history!

Look for additional notices regarding our spring and summer activities—we will keep you updated as the situation develops.

Notice of March 12, 2020: CANCELLATION of La Jolla Landmark Week Events

Last evening, California public health officials and Governor Gavin Newsom's office issued a statewide policy which advises that gatherings larger than 250 people should be cancelled or postponed until at least the end of March.  The guidance specified that gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gathering in this context is defined as any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.

 In compliance with this guidance, La Jolla Landmark Week events are cancelled.  This includes the March 15 Landmark Reception at the Wheeler Bailey House, and the March 19 lecture La Jolla's Role in the Birth of Modern Architecture at Wisteria Cottage. We will update you regarding the re-scheduling of these activities, as well as developments related to other La Jolla Historical Society spring events.

 We continue to encourage you to practice prevention techniques, and to be guided by the recommendations of government agencies and public health officials, including the the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California Department of Public Health, and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (Public Health).

Heath Fox | Executive Director | La Jolla Historical Society

Notice of March 6, 2020: COVID-19 and Our Public Programs

This spring the La Jolla Historical Society is hosting a number of public gatherings and community events, including the OH! San Diego architectural tour, La Jolla Landmark Week programs, the La Jolla Concours d’Elégance & Motor Car Classic, and the Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla. 

As these scheduled events approach, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, the guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the guidance of the State of California and County of San Diego public health officials. Recently, Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC, said “…the risk is low. I encourage Americans to go about their life.  That includes travel to California…”. Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County’s public health officer, said “Closing large gatherings is not something that is prudent or warranted.” Along with these officials, we encourage you to practice prevention techniques, and to keep updated on CDC, state, and local health sites for the most up-to-date information.

Health and safety are always our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation, be guided by health authorities, and act accordingly.  If the current situation changes, we will update our communications to you. Otherwise, all of our activities will be conducted as scheduled, and we welcome and encourage your participation. We are very grateful for your support, and look forward to seeing you at our spring programs and events!

If you make a personal decision to cancel plans to attend any of our events, instead of requesting a refund, please consider making a donation of equal or greater value to help support the Society. Thank you!

Heath Fox | Executive Director | La Jolla Historical Society

The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla, Friday Night Candlelight Garden Soirée, and Secret Garden Boutique


August 7, 2020 Friday Night Candlelight Garden Soirée

August 8, 2020  The Secret Garden Tour and Secret Garden Boutique

The Secret Garden Tour extends a rare invitation to the public to stroll behind the garden gates of some of La Jolla’s loveliest secluded gardens, often concealed from view by mature trees, vines, or foliage. Visitors from throughout San Diego County and beyond have the opportunity to view private gardens in La Jolla during this important Society fundraiser.


The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance & Motor Car Classic


September 19-20, 2020

The La Jolla Concours d’Elégance & Motor Car Classic is presented by the La Jolla Historical Society each spring and is among the top automotive events in the world, with entries from collectors in multiple competitive classes.  This celebration of historic and contemporary automobiles and motorcycles is shared by visitors from throughout Southern California, as well as travelers from national and international destinations.  The span of history from which these vehicles are drawn covers that of the automobile itself.  The care and passion by which these classics are preserved celebrates the engineering and innovativeness by which they were built.  The La Jolla Concours d’Elégance is recognition of the value of this history and of the competitor’s excellence in preservation. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Society, brings commerce to the community during a period off-season of the summer tourist trade, and attracts thousands of visitors to San Diego. Learn more

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