Presidio Park, Junípero Serra Museum and Library

July 1, 1969

The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Summer 1969, Volume 15, Number 3
Rita Larkin, Editor

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

Royal Presidio Excavations

Page 4. “History,” said Jacob Birckhardt, “is what one age finds worthy of note in another.” Two of San Diego’s historic sites are shown in this photo. They are the flagpole at Fort Stockton and the Royal Presidio Excavations.

families visit the museum

Page 5. Thousands of families visit the museum during a year.

Serra Cross

Page 5. Workmen put finishing touches to Serra Cross after repair of the Cross was completed this spring.

Presidio Hill

Page 7. Presidio Hill as it probably looked to George Marston when he arrived in San Diego in 1870-with the exception of the roads. Notice ruins in upper left hand corner. This picture was taken around 1920.

pioneer burials were uncovered

Page 8. The significance of the ruins which George Marston saved for the city was emphasized in 1968 when many pioneer burials were uncovered.

dedication day

Page 12. On dedication day, July 16, 1929, parking was a problem, the same as today. Many visitors parked at the foot and walked up the hill.

Pages 16-17. Route and Planting Map Keyed to Text; Drawn for California Garden by Alice M. Clark Large image

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Map Map

Serra Museum Librarian, Mrs. Ralph Arden, and Assistant City Librarian, Marco Thorne

Page 25. Serra Museum Librarian, Mrs. Ralph Arden, and Assistant City Librarian, Marco Thorne, view microfilm of old newspapers on Serra Museum Library microfilm reader. City librarians and Serra Museum staff members often work together to aid researchers.

Historical Society gives tours of the museum to the school children

Page 26. Under agreements with the city and county the San Diego History Center gives tours of the museum to the school children.

Page 28. Displays are geared to children’s height. With no difficulty this child is able to study a display.

Page 29. Boy Scouts hold a hiking conference on the lawn at the park.

Page 30. It is impossible to list all the uses to which the park is put. Here picknickers watch as dogs in an obedience training class are put through their exercises.

Page 31. A shaded walk in the park, which has been called “a horticultural wonderland.”

Page 32. Both Arthur Putnam, creator of the Indian Statue in Presidio Park, and writer, Charles Sprague, in his “The American Indian,” communicate the magnificent spirit and sad past of the inhabitants who were here when the white man came.

“Here lived and loved another race of beings . . . the Indian of falcon glance and lion bearing . . . .”