Photograph by Charles Schneider

How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.

Anne Frank   Tales from the Secret Annex

Making a Donation

How Your Support Helps

The La Jolla Historical Society relies on private, contributed funds to underwrite quality public programming and educational activities. Your generous donations enable the Society to provide free, year-round learning experiences to the public through exhibitions, programs, and publications. Doing so is at the heart of our mission to inspire and empower the community to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life.

Archives and Collections
The Society holds thousands of photographs, drawings, documents, and other textual material highlighting La Jolla’s rich history. This material is available to scholars, researchers, students and the general public. Your donation helps support the conservation, preservation, recording, and study of this important archive.

Timekeeper Magazine
Our premier publication features updates on the Society's programs and activities and researched articles relating to La Jolla history; a valued source of information for the public and our members. Your contribution helps underwrite the publication of this valued publication.

Oral History Program
La Jollans have fascinating stories to tell. By capturing their individual testimonials, future generations will be able to discover what made La Jolla a unique community. Your donation supports the effort to record and transcribe oral histories for the use of future researchers, scholars, and members of the public.

Educational Programs
Each summer, the Society hosts a Young Architects Summer Camp and a Young Photographers Summer Camp for middle and high school students. Throughout the year, the Society hosts various lecture programs for all audiences. Your contribution helps underwrite these programs, which are offered free or at low cost.

Public Exhibitions
The Society hosts a range of changing exhibitions related to La Jollas architectural, artistic, cultural, and social history. For a contribution of $1,000 or more, your name will appear on the exhibition title wall, in the accompanying catalog, in related articles in our Timekeeper magazine, and on all associated digital media. In addition, we will host you and your friends at the exhibition’s opening reception.

The La Jolla Historical Society is a place for educational engagement and a learning center for public research, presenting exhibitions and public programs that interpret history for contemporary audiences. Our ambition to be an important and vibrant cultural center for the community is possible only through your continued friendship and tax-deductible financial support. Your support will ensure the continued success of our mission of service to the community. Please join the many community members who support the Society, and make a donation today!


For donations larger than $1,000, please contact us at (858) 459-5335.

Thank you for choosing to make a gift to the La Jolla Historical Society!