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Meet Victor Santana

Head Docent at the Whaley House

Hola, my name is Victor Santana, and I think it's about time you met the tall spiky-haired guy working in the Whaley House. I am the Head Docent in the world famous museum. I am a San Diego/ Tijuana native. I started as a volunteer with SOHO when I was 16 years old thanks to María Eugenia Castillo de Curry, a prior SOHO board member.

I have been working with SOHO and this amazing historical monument since November of 2000. I have had the pleasure to work with a lot of very interesting and knowledgeable volunteers that donate their time to the museum. I've also assisted in the recruiting and training of some of our best employees. Since day one, working at this site has always been an enjoyable experience. I love interacting with the guests and sharing the history of the house and family along with the many ghost stories.

I must say this is a very interesting work environment. I'm also one of the docents that offer private tours after hours inside the house and serve as a resource when an investigation is taking place in the museum. I graduated from the Historic High School Preparatoria Federal Lazaro Cardenas in Tijuana, the original site of the Aguacaliente Casino. Currently I am a Criminal Justice and forensics student at Southwestern College and I will transfer to San Diego State University to pursue a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology. I would like to eventually become a Forensic Crime Scene Investigator, inspired by my hero, Dr. William R. Maples, an amazing Forensic Anthropologist.

Since I was young I have been fascinated by the art of music. As I grew older fascination turned into eagerness; I wanted to perform some of my favorite musical pieces, not just listen, but to interpret myself, art composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Edward Van Halen; these men were heroes to me. I have studied music for most of my life and am now an accomplished musician, with skills ranging from writing music to playing it by ear. I am working very hard to write unique pieces that will amaze an audience and stay with the listener forever, something great.

My parents have always been a big part of my life and have always helped me through, without my family I would have never accomplished what I have until now. I plan on accomplishing a lot more. Thank you Mom and Dad, and thank you SOHO for this great opportunity and I promise you won't be let down. Thanks to the great crew for all the good years, the hard moments and the fun times. We are all laid on this earth to change, to succeed, to accomplish, to mend what others have broken, life is too short, for whatever reason. Treasure it, cherish it, and enjoy it. This is me.

Photo by Sandé Lollis

2005 - Volume 36, Issue 3


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