SOHO Salutes 1915 and 1935 San Diego Expositions

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Exhibits, Special Events, Lectures and Tours at the Marston House Museum & Gardens

Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), San Diego’s regional historic preservation group, will explore the lasting impact and tangible legacy of the 1915 and 1935 San Diego international expositions throughout 2015 at the Marston House Museum & Gardens in Balboa Park, the scene of the two seminal events that transformed the San Diego region and advanced it on the world stage.

SOHO’s plans call for entertaining and educational exhibits and events inspired by the 1915 and 1935 Expositions. Most will be presented throughout the historic Marston House Museum & Gardens, the former estate of George W. Marston, a visionary civic leader, philanthropist, preservationist, and major proponent of both expositions. Marston held decision-making meetings for the expos in this Arts & Crafts-style mansion, which is now a National Historic Landmark, located at 3525 Seventh Avenue in Balboa Park’s northwest corner.

A host of related events throughout the entire year, including architectural tours, lively talks by leading experts, and a special Day at the 1915 Expo for children will mark and illuminate the centennial of the 1915 Exposition.

“We are including both the 1915 and 1935 Expositions in our programming so as not to interrupt the sweep of San Diego’s social, artistic, architectural, and commercial history set in motion by these huge international events.” said Alana Coons, SOHO’s director of education and communications. “With the opening of the Panama Canal, the1915 Exposition promoted San Diego as the first port of call on the Pacific coast. It was so successful that it ultimately led to the second expo and expansion of the expo grounds. Balboa Park as we know it today is a product of both expositions.”

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