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Save Our Heritage Organization: Penning the Past Zoom Lecture – Point Loma

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join the Save Our Heritage Organization to learn about the unique character of San Diego’s historic neighborhoods through the eyes of impassioned writers and historians. Brought to life by esteemed local authors, Penning the Past promises to be an enriching exploration of San Diego’s architectural legacy and historical tapestry.  The series is free for SOHO members, $10 per lecture for non-members. Your participation supports SOHO’s mission of education and advocacy to preserve the historic architecture, sites, and cultural landscapes that surround us and add meaning to our daily lives.

Point Loma by Eric DuVall and Kitty McDaniel

From the arrival of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542 to the current world-class yachtsmen and women, San Diego’s beautiful natural harbor hugs the peninsula of Point Loma and boasts a significant past. The strategic location of Point Loma has been home to both military defense and business genius. The fishing fleets of the Chinese and Portuguese communities earned the Roseville area of Point Loma the nickname “Tunaville.” Today, Point Loma is one of San Diego’s most historic neighborhoods; a destination for culture, fine dining, and sportfishing; and host to important military bases. Visitors from around the world enjoy spectacular vistas and waterfront views of the Pacific Ocean, harbor, city, and islands and mountains of Mexico from atop the peninsula at Cabrillo National Monument and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Author bio Eric DuVall is a freelance writer, photographer, and graphic designer. He has worked in the hospitality industry, the grocery business, radio, television, print media, and had his own graphics and printing business. A graduate of Point Loma High and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he was once a grad student at SDSU. Eric is the founder of the University Heights Community Development Corporation, co-founder of the University Heights Community Association, and is currently the president of the Ocean Beach Historical Society. He has twice been recognized by the California State Assembly for his work in the community. Eric has one cat, two adult daughters, and three grandchildren, who are, of course, his favorites.

Kitty McDaniel is a native San Diegan who grew up in Pacific Beach during the 1960s and 1970s. She attended San Diego State University where she earned her BA and teaching credential. Her joy of teaching led to a successful career for 35 years, and she still enjoys tutoring children in elementary and middle school. She is president of La Playa Trail Association in Point Loma, and in her spare time she loves to run, surf, and research the history of her beloved hometown, San Diego.

This event is hosted by the Save Our Heritage Organization. For more information, questions, and registration, please contact the event organizer.

Volunteers work in the Center’s Research Library, cataloguing materials and organizing on a computer-based system.

Marketing and Administrative Volunteers assist the Development Office or Administration Office with data entry, updating marketing materials and clerical tasks. Computer experience is a plus.

Docents welcome visitors and answer general questions regarding the Center and exhibits. Docents staff the gift shop and help out with administrative and curatorial tasks.

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Volunteer provide support for K-12 programs offered at the Center. These are fun, hands-on programs that kids really enjoy. Teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Background checks are required.


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Collections Management

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and ecofacts common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, historical objects, and faunal, botanical, and mineral specimens. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials.

Development and Marketing

Under the direction of Center staff, the intern will support the department in various activities, including, but not limited to, fundraising and grant research; e-newsletter development; social media marketing; and website maintenance. This internship will give the intern valuable, real-world experience in non-profit fundraising and marketing.

Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology

Prospective Interns must have completed three courses: Introduction to GIS, GIS Database Management, and Intermediate/Advanced Methods in GIS. The intern will be assigned a project where they will create shapefiles and maps for curated archaeological collections, museum exhibits, and/or public outreach using ArcGIS 10.6. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological GIS laboratory procedures such as computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and database management.

Library Science

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Public Archaeology

Harness your passion for Public Archaeology and gain hands-on experience with K-12 museum field trips, lectures, and public outreach. Additional projects may include creating virtual museum exhibits and activities, assisting in the development and implementation of K-12 curricula programs, planning and presenting public facing content, or educational field trip content of your own design. Must be able to pass a Live Scan.