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Events & Education Update

Happy New Year! SOHO has a birthday to celebrate! 35 years old! We will celebrate all year providing as many events and educational programs as we can. We have a great year ahead of us and have big plans to make it our most productive yet. Starting the year off on January 31 with a walking tour of the proposed new Mission Hills historic districts is definitely a move in the right direction. This tour will be fun and interesting, and will also raise funds for the district, along with heightened awareness of the need to protect our historic neighborhoods.

In February education is the main focus when SOHO helps the State Office of Historic Preservation and the California Preservation Foundation in partnership with the City of San Diego by providing volunteers for their series of three workshops. Learn the tools that can help you as an advocate for historic preservation.

Continue the spirit of the New Year SOHO style with a party! SOHO Board member Tim Rudolph has completed yet another great historic home in Sherman Heights and is celebrating by throwing another empty house party. Tim says he just wants to say thanks to SOHO members who help raise funds all year by attending paid events. Thanks Tim, you rock!

Then it's time for the Craftsman-Spanish Revival Weekend! It has been extra exciting to plan this event with the addition of Spanish Revival. Lecturers, vendors and homeowners have all embraced the move, a decision made by the Board of Directors in order to serve as wide a scope of our historic communities as possible. Our media friends have called it a "trend-setting and sharp move". This is our most ambitious weekend yet. We will have seven lectures, three different tours, and an evening home tour with a reception and the largest turn out of vendors we have seen in the 10 years since this event was founded. One significant difference in the Show & Sale is in the number of antiques dealers we have attracted, which provides a nice balance along with the new work of artisans specializing in the period styles.

County Historian Lynne Christenson has asked SOHO to spearhead a program to address disaster planning for historic resources. This is in response to the devastating firestorms suffered throughout San Diego County. Dates to be announced, for early spring of March, these workshops will provide the first steps to protect our precious and irreplaceable sites during times of great turmoil when natural disasters occur. More details in this issue.

In April the Verna house will be reopening, with its newly renovated look since being placed on temporary blocks over 40 years ago. We will be welcoming all you savvy shoppers once again with a fun grand reopening.

In May it is time to celebrate National Preservation Week, for twenty-two years SOHO has honored it by celebrating the people of San Diego with our People In Preservation Awards. Help us by using the form in this issue and nominate a worthy candidate.

Summer is the big season in Old Town and during that time we will have various interpretive programs in the Whaley House. So be a tourist in your own town and do what 88% of all tourists do and visit a historic site! Remember that admission is always free to SOHO members. We can really use extra volunteer docents in this busy time.

The 2nd Annual San Diego Modernism Weekend will take place September 16th, 17th and 18th. Last year the event was a real head turner. The hugely successful inaugural year guaranteed its destiny as an annual event. A Modernism committee has been formed and if you are interested in being a part of it please contact the office and get involved now in the early planning stages.

So it's another busy year and these are just some of the highlights. We are hoping to do a joint event with the San Diego Historical Society as well.

We can sure use your help so if you can spare the time and want to get more involved with historic preservation in San Diego. Come and meet our committee, see how you like us and let's go from there! We have an ambitious list of goals and ideas that are only waiting for the energy and creativeness that you can bring! We meet the 3rd Monday of every month. Check the committee calendar in this quarterly and see about the other volunteer opportunities available; all committees are open to our members. Keep informed of all our events, meetings and special projects by checking www.sohosandiego.org regularly.

2004 - Volume 35, Issue 1

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