Historical society celebrates 25 years

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will host a 25th anniversary event on Feb. 7. The celebration will take place at La Flecha House, the first home in Rancho Santa Fe and now home to the Historical Society.
“It will be like a high-tea with refreshments and sandwiches,” said David Brooks, a Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society member who is serving on the Anniversary Event Committee. “It will be an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., so members of the community can come and go as they like, but there will be a program scheduled at 3:15 p.m.”
During the program, Historical Society President John Vreeburg will honor surviving members who helped found the Historical Society 25 years ago. “It’s a chance to say thank you to those who helped get us where we are today,” Vreeburg said.
The event will also mark the premiere of the new book by the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, published by Arcadia Publishing, titled “Rancho Santa Fe: The Town the Railroad Built.” The book, complete with 180 pages of historical pictures, was written by Vonn Marie May and compiled by many members of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. The book will be available in bookstores across San Diego in January and will also be available through the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society.
In other Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society news, Vreeburg attended the Public Awards Ceremony from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation on Nov. 18. The Historical Society was the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. Monies from the grant will be used to archive historical documents, photos, and artifacts in La Flecha House.
The Historical Society has a 2010 calendar on sale. The calendar retails for $20, although discounts are available when bought in bulk. The calendar features historical pictures of some of the Ranch’s first homes and the downtown area circa 1924. “If you look closely, you’ll notice that many of the pictures were taken on the same day,” Administrator Sharon Fabry said. “Lilian Rice and Mr. Nelson, the first owner of La Flecha house, are in the same car and wearing the same clothes in many different pictures. Only the locations change.”
So mark your calendars for the 25th anniversary event. Better yet, purchase a 2010 calendar from the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society and then mark it! Contact the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society at or call (858) 759-9291.

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