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Events in February
First & Third Sundays - 3pm - FaSoLa Singers at the Adobe Chapel
Last Friday - 10:30pm - Ghost Hunting Tour at the Whaley House
Fall in love with Ramona this Valentine's Day
Starring the Adobe Chapel
February 14 - 7:30pm
Come back in time with us and watch this silent movie in the Adobe Chapel with live musical accompaniment by Los Californios.

"America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford stars in one of the most romantic love stories of the 19th-century, the spectacular, 1910 silent version of Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona. And one of the book's key scenes was set in the Old Adobe Chapel. 

Set in a post-Mexican-American War Southern California, Ramona chronicles the romance between Ramona, a Spanish orphan from the prestigious Moreno family, and Alessandro, an Indian who appears on her family's ranch one day. They fall deeply in love, yet their desire to wed is denied by Ramona's stepmother, who reacts by exiling Alessandro from her ranch. Meanwhile, Ramona is informed that she more.
SHOP SOHO for your Valentine!
A marvelous Valentine for art lovers and history buffs has arrived in the Marston House Museum Shop. Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960 by Maurine St. Gaudens is a four-volume set chronicling the lives and work of 320 trailblazing artists in alphabetical order. St. Gaudens, an author, curator and conserator who lives in Southern California, researched, uncovered and tracked down personal and professional information on the artists(Read more)
Judge Taylor Rules for SOHO on Balboa Park Court Fees
SOHO won a resounding victory in court last month, marking the last phase of our more than three-year legal battle over Balboa Park. A Superior Court judge ruled that we are not responsible for $96,000 in legal fees incurred by the Plaza de Panama Committee, backed by Irwin Jacobs. Thus ended our 2012 lawsuit to prevent the destruction of Balboa Park's historic core, which was threatened by Jacobs' Centennial Bridge, massive bypass and parking structure. (Read more)
Mid-Century May Company Icon Designated
The May Company building in the Mission Valley Shopping Center (1702 Camino Del Rio North), a well-known Mid-Century icon designed by William S. Lewis, Jr., is a most exciting designation to kick off the new year. Adding to the excitement is the recognition of Lewis as a master architect, whose work over the years illustrates a "greatness in the field of architecture," according to the historic report. (Read more)
Black History Preservation Success!
Black History Month marks achievements as well as unfortunate losses. Karen Huff-Willis, a prominent local historian and advocate, explains in SOHO's 2002 issue of Reflections article "Redevelopment & Black Historic Preservation," that black history in San Diego traces back to the Mexican period. She discusses how the black population flourished after California entered the union as a free state. (Read more)
A New Skin for The Plunge
The Plunge is in the news again, and once again the reason is preservation. The recently proposed replacement of the building in Belmont Park (Mission Beach) that houses the Plunge pool has become a popular topic among San Diegans (Reader article link). Once the largest salt-water pool in the world, the original 1920s Plunge building was designed by Frederick Clemeshaw, a British architect. During the 1980s, SOHO attempted to save all of Belmont Park; however, only the pool itself and the roler coaster were designated. (Read more)
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People In Preservation call for Nominations
Do you know of an outstanding preservation projectdone by special, devoted and talented people? SOHO invites you to nominate individuals, couples, teams, etc. for our annual People in Preservation Awards, to be announced in May, National Preservation Month. Decades ago, SOHO members created these awards...(Read more)