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The primary purpose of the North Park Historical Society is to conduct research and educational outreach in order to facilitate preservation of North Park's cultural and architectural history.
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Who We Are:
The North Park Historical Society was formed in March 2008. The group had formerly operated as the North Park Community Association (NPCA) History Committee, which started in 1988. The working committee was formed with the purpose of increasing people's awareness of the history that surrounds them in North Park, and to promote the preservation of North Park history. In doing so, the committee increased people's appreciation for North Park, and helped them to take pride in this particular place and to gain an increased sense of community. After 20 years of working as a committee, the group transitioned into the independent North Park Historical Society.
Since our official formation as an independent non-profit corporation in May 2008, we have conducted highly successful Inaugural Historical Walking Tours of the Dryden District and the commercial core of historic North Park along University Avenue, have obtained 501c3 tax exempt status with the IRS, and have won an Award of Excellence for History from the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board for publication of our book on North Park's first 50 years, North Park: A San Diego Urban Village, 1896-1946 by the late Donald Covington. Other activities include coordination of the Dryden District designation application with City staff, and many other exciting projects that are just getting underway.
September 2008 Update: The North Park Historical Society is pleased to announce we are open to supporting memberships! Your membership of $20 per household supports our activities to preserve North Park's cultural and architectural history. Attached is the membership form.
The following is a brief summary of our accomplishments:
In May 2007, the History Committee completed a book on the first 50 years of North Park, entitled "North Park: A San Diego Urban Village, 1896 - 1946." This keepsake coffee table book has more than 90 historical photographs. It is available at many locations throughout North Park and at major San Diego bookstores.
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1990 - 2009
Last Updated 08/12/2012 by North Park Historical Society Webmaster