La Jolla Historical Society

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The La Jolla Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and presentation of La Jolla’s heritage.  Through exhibitions, education programs, research programs, and public outreach, the Society presents and promotes awareness of the community’s rich historical record. 

Founded in 1964, the Society operates from a campus consisting of Wisteria Cottage, where free rotating exhibitions are presented, the adjacent Balmer Annex used for educational programs and community activities, a 1909 Beach Cottage which serves as Office and Research Center, and an archival storage building.  LJHS education programs include BEtalks: Dialogues on the Built Environment and youth summer camps in photography and architecture.  The archival collection consists of photographs, postcards, architectural drawings, and oral history recordings; plus bound collections of local newspapers, street and land use files, and business and personal documents from all periods of La Jolla’s history. These resources are available for public use at our Office & Research Center. 

LJHS is a consulting agent with property owners and the City of San Diego regarding the historic preservation in La Jolla. LJHS presents two public outreach programs annually. The La Jolla Concours D’Elégance is held in April and welcomes visitors from national and international destinations who come to enjoy the judged competition and learn about automobile history. In May of each year we present the Secret Garden Tour for visitors from throughout San Diego County and beyond to view private gardens in the community. 

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Photograph by Darren Bradley 2014.

Wisteria Cottage
780 Prospect Street
Gallery open Thursday – Sunday
noon to 4 PM

Office & Research Center
7846 Eads Avenue
Open Monday – Friday
9 AM to 5 PM


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