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Patricia Dahlberg
Lifetime Achievement Award

Patricia DahlbergThe La Jolla Historical Society and La Jolla itself would not be what they are today without Pat Dahlberg's savvy leadership and tireless devotion. Since 1964 she has used her wits, ingenuity, and powers of persuasion to preserve and protect La Jolla's historic character and charm. Undaunted by powerful opposition or preservation losses, Pat has blazed a trail by herself or with the historical society, which she has guided on a path of sophisticated advocacy and influence. In 2003, she became the society's first executive director and led a capital campaign to ensure the rehabilitation of the Wisteria Cottage for the society's use.

In the hills above the village of La Jolla sits the secluded Pottery Canyon, a natural site dense with chaparral and eucaplytus, which Pat fought for many years to keep a local development company from building homes in. Once successful she made sure all who happen along this lovely wooded spot would know its significance as not only open space but as the site of the 1920's La Jolla Canyon Clay Products Company, which inspires the canyon's name, and where remnants of which can still be seen today.

In 1999 the Society was looking to create a fundraiser. Pat was president at the time and had heard about a secret garden tour in Cape Cod that benefited an art museum in the area. Today the La Jolla Secret Garden Tour is one of the Society's biggest fundraisers.

These and so many more stories can be told of Pat's work as a preservationist, with more to be added, we are sure, as Pat remains involved in the Society and continues to make a difference in La Jolla's quality of life, no matter what her role.

Photo by Sandé Lollis

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