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OUR PURPOSE & HISTORY

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Society shall be to promote civic welfare by artistic and cultural advancement of the community; and to contribute to the education of the public through support of historical material and other appropriate activities.

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society is actively involved in and financially supports programs in education, civic affairs, local history, beautification, and community gardens.  Our monthly general membership meetings cover a wide range of topics from the practical and educational to the purely entertaining.  Social events are planned throughout the year.  A handicrafts group meets regularly to create items for the Society’s annual Holiday Boutique.  The Boutique and the sale of books about early Solana Beach written by one of our members helps raise money which we donate to various community projects in Solana Beach.

 The Heritage Museum offers a hands-on journey back in time 100 years.  Located in La Colonia Park, the Museum guides the visitor from the original community of Lockwood Mesa through it transformation into Solana Beach.  Visitors begin in a 1900 kitchen and living room and, as they walk through the museum, they see the lifestyle changes that came with the arrival of running water and electricity.  A time line photo exhibit traces the history of Solana Beach as it developed from the arrival of the Indians and the Spanish explorers into the community of today.

HISTORY

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society evolved from the well-established Solana Beach Women’s Civic Club, which was formed in 1953. The founding officers included Olive Smith, president; Blanche Kintz, vice president, Thelma Crawford, secretary; and Frances Cornwall, treasurer. The aim of the organization was the beautification of Solana Beach and the solution of problems confronting Solana Beach as a growing town. At that time there was no freeway and Highway 101; through Solana Beach was a corridor of billboards and gas stations. The Women’s Civic Club was instrumental in the removal of these billboards and planting of trees and landscaping this corridor. Among their many accomplishments was the renovation of the central plaza and installation of the “Sunburst Fountain.” In March of 1989, the newly formed Solana Beach City Council asked the Women’s Civic Club to become custodians of the City’s history, and the Civic Club’s certificate of incorporation was modified to create the Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society — with membership now open to gentlemen also!

 

WHAT KINDS OF PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED FOR THE COMMUNITY?

The SBC&HS is actively involved in and financially supports programs in education (this includes maintaining a community museum, a “living history” program, and three college scholarships), civic affairs, local history, beautification, and maintaining community gardens. Our monthly general membership meetings cover a wide range of topics from the practical and educational to the purely entertaining. Social events are planned throughout the year. A handicrafts group meets regularly to create items for the society’s annual Holiday Boutique. The SeaWeeders Garden Club meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Healthy living, located at the Solana Beach Boys & Girls Club.

 

DOES THE SBC&HS NEED VOLUNTEERS?

The SBC&HS always welcomes volunteers and a variety of volunteer positions are open. For example, we are seeking to fill a board position for Historian. Volunteer positions are also available with the Heritage Museum and the SeaWeeders. Interested people can contact Michele Stribling at mstribling1@yahoo.com or attend on of our general meetings.

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