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Pat Petersen

Pat Petersen was a civil engineer for the County of San Diego for 35 years. She retired last year and now works in an area she loves, as a docent at the Whaley House and Old Adobe Chapel.

She has always been a history buff, and at one time considered a career in archaeology. From early childhood she has been fascinated with ancient history - especially ancient Egypt. At age 10, she read an article on the discovery of King Tut's tomb and was hooked. She grew up wanting to visit the places she read about in mythology and old books, and was finally able to realize her dream in 1975 with a trip to Egypt, Greece, Italy, France, and England. Last year she and her sisters took their mother to visit Vienna and Prague to trace out family roots. The best part of the trip was visiting Svaty Jahn, a small village where her great grandmother was born and meeting relatives they did not know existed.

Pat has always loved old houses and lived in a Victorian home while in high school. She loved exploring the old house and imagining how it had looked during its heyday with its stained glass windows, carved Italian marble fireplace, servants quarters, and remnants of a once beautiful formal garden. Working in the Whaley House gives her a chance to experience the feel of the Victorian period and to share this with visitors. She especially likes to enlighten children on what it was like to live in previous times. Pat is an excellent docent and her love of history is clearly shown as she interacts with visitors.

2006 - Volume 37, Issue 3

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