How Your Support Helps
The La Jolla Historical Society relies on private, contributed funds to underwrite quality public programming and educational activities. Your generous donations enable the Society to thrive, enrich existing programs, and explore new avenues of historic inquiry and community support.
Examples of current and future efforts funded with your support
- Archives and Artifact Collections Preservation. The Society holds thousands of photographs, drawings, documents, and other textual material highlighting La Jolla's rich history. This material is available to scholars, researchers, residents, students and enthusiasts.
- Restoration of Historic Wisteria Cottage. One of La Jolla's most treasured and historic landmarks, Wisteria Cottage is pending restoration and preservation. Upon completion of this work, the Cottage is slated to become the Society's new exhibition, education, and community center. Click here for more information about the Wisteria Cottage's history.
- Quarterly Newsletter. Our quarterly newsletter, Timekeeper, which features updates on the Society's activities and articles on La Jolla history, is a valued source of information for members.
- Oral History Program. La Jollans have fascinating stories to tell. By capturing their individual testimonials, future generations will be able to discover what made La Jolla the unique beach community it is today.
- La Jolla Walking Tours. The Society hosts a guided walking tour of historic La Jolla for residents and visitors twice each month, and provides a pamphlet for a self-guided tour of the Prospect Street corridor.
- Education Outreach. To promote interest in local history amongst La Jolla youths, the Society hosts a Young Architects Summer Camp, Young Photographers Summer Camp, and a student photography contest.
- Lecture series. In an effort to bring unique topical discussion to the community, the Society hosts regular lecture series featuring prominent local historians, artisans, authors, scientists, and leaders.
- Development of Public Exhibitions. The Society hosts a range of exhibitions related to La Jolla's architectual, artistic, cultural, economic, political, institutional, and social history.
- Historical Structures Research. In an effort to record photographic and written documentation of La Jolla's unique architectural structures, the Society has embarked on an update of the City of San Diego's Historic Structures Survey of 2003, to update this database for the La Jolla community and make it an accessible resource for residents and researchers.
- Volunteer Program. The Society's outreach to the community includes numerous volunteer opportunities, including assistance in the archives, fundraising, events, planning committees, photo documentation, gallery docents, oral history interviewers, and numerous other engaging activities.
- Internship Program. As a strong advocate of learning and community involvement, the Society encourages young people with an interest in history, architecture, and preservation to work at the Society through a school-credited internship.
Your interest and support of this cultural and educational institution contributes to our continued growth and benefits our mission of preserving and documenting the great story of La Jolla's rich heritage. Thank you!