History Blog

Grave Matters: From Graveyards to Memorial Parks

What is the difference between a graveyard, cemetery, memorial park, and mausoleum?

For the San Diego History Center’s third and last installment of “Grave Matters: San Diego’s Relationship with Death,” we explore these differences and the history behind Mount Hope Cemetery, Greenwood Memorial Park, and the first mausoleum built by the Benbough family.

All images are from the San Diego History Center Photograph Collection. 
Further research on this topic is available at the San Diego History Center Research Library and Archives.

Hinder Holiday Humbug! Helpful Hints From The History Ambassador’s Survival Guide to the Holidays

Playing host to the family this holiday? Likely for some of you, it will be your first time, with anxious relatives flying in over the next couple of days in anticipation of the holiday magic that will unfold to make their San Diego experience truly memorable. But let’s face it, once the luggage is unpacked, they’ve slept off a little jet lag and have gobbled up, in one sitting, all the food you thought would take at least a couple of days to ingest, what’s left to keep your company entertained until Santa arrives?

Well, all of us at the History Center have gone through what you are fearing most, and have come to the rescue with some “Trips & Trivia” that should keep you from dunking your head in the bowl of spiced eggnog.