Announcing SOHO Historical Tours
A Year-Round Program
By Alana Coons
Most large cities have successful walking and/or bus tours of their city's historic sites. We are happy to announce that SOHO will now offer on a weekly basis historic tours of San Diego. This venture meets our mission of education, provides year round programming and has the ability to raise much-needed funds.
Because heritage tourism promotes the preservation of a community's historic resources, educates tourists and local residents about its historic and cultural heritage, and brings substantial benefits to local economies this is the logical step for us to take at this time.
We want to acquaint both residents and visitors with San Diego's unique history. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, tour goers will discover the architecture and cultural life of our city, as well as learn about its history and development. We consider it a privilege to help people learn about historic preservation and our guides will serve as ambassadors to the many visitors who come from across the world. It is our thought that visitors who leave San Diego with a positive experience serve to build stronger bridges to the global community. And tours are often a way to get a non-preservation minded friend or relative involved. Maybe a good 2006 resolution for all of us should be that we each take at least one historical tour and bring a friend!
Tours will be carefully crafted and the challenge that we expect to meet is to create a tour program unlike any other in San Diego and train our guides to give exceptional tours. Ultimately we will include an entire menu of tours from Spanish Colonial to Post WWII, weaving historic preservation into every story.
Old Town has been chosen as our first tour. It makes the most sense for us logistically and chronologically. While most of us have spent lots of time in Old Town, few are aware of the many layers of history there.
We will begin with weekends in the off-season (September through April) and multiple, daily tours in season (May through August). Our plan is to expand existing tours and implement new ones as the market demands.
We hope you will join us on the very first tours, as it will be the SOHO member who will be the most informed and as such able to help us with a biased critique from which we will be eager to learn.
Tours begin March 25 and 26 and will continue weekly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with two tours daily at 1pm and 3pm. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long and limited to 25 people. The cost is $12 for SOHO members, $15.00 for non-members. Please reserve your spot today by calling SOHO at (619) 297-9327.
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