Barrio Carlsbad Museum Annual Meeting -Nov 16, 3pm

The Barrio “Carlos” Museum will open its doors to all Carlsbad Historical Society members and their guests, on November 16, from 3pm to 5pm. For the past four years this meeting has had very interesting presentations on the history of early Carlsbad.

Refreshments will be provided.


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2014 Annual Meeting and Election

Please join us, Saturday, October 25, 2014 for the Carlsbad Historical Society Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election. We will meet at Heritage Hall, directly behind the Magee House in Magee Park, from 10-12 am. The Village Pie Shop will provide a catered brunch: Quiche, fresh fruit, muffin, coffee and fresh orange juice – & chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

The cost is $15.00 per person; please see the attached RSVP form. All RSVP forms and check must be received by October 15th.

 We are so looking forward to our Guest Speaker and local author Taffy Cannon.  

Many of you will be familiar with Taffy as a noted mystery author. Her most recent work is featured in the new anthology “San Diego Noir!” Taffy, grew up in Chicago, and graduated from Duke University in North Carolina.

She is the author of fourteen published novels. Her work includes series and stand alone mysteries, an Academy Award-nominated short film, and “Convictions: A Novel of the Sixties”. Her books have been finalists for Best Novel in the Agatha, Macavity, Left Coast Crime Western Regional, and San Diego Book Awards.

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Our newsletter for Q3 2014

Please find our latest newsletter at the following link:

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Carlsbad Historical Society Newsletter Q2 2014

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— Carlsbad resident Joan Kindle has served as a volunteer curator for nearly 30 years at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, and for that she has been honored by the California Parks and Recreation Society.

Kindle and her late husband, Alan Kindle, discovered the ranch when they moved to Carlsbad in 1985. Originally known as “Los Quiotes,” the rancho was established in 1937 by Leo Carrillo, an actor best known for his role as Pancho in the 1950s television series “The Cisco Kid.” Carrilo died in 1961, and the core remnant of the ranch was owned by the city. The initial plan was to restore the ranch’s old structures.

The Kindles took interest in learning about the former Hollywood actor and the role of the ranch in Carlsbad’s history. Former Mayor Bud Lewis asked Kindle to become the park’s volunteer curator, which she agreed to accept.

“I said to myself ‘don’t tell the mayor you don’t even know what a curator is,’ ” Kindle recalls. “And I didn’t want to disappoint him so I thought if I could figure out a way to do it, I’ll do it.”

Kindle became an advocate for the park and its restoration, and was offered artifacts that reflected Carrillo’s life.

The Kindles established the Carrillo Ranch Trust Fund to receive monetary donations and memorabilia displayed at the ranch.

Kindle also teamed up with city staffers to research, prepare and submit an application to list Leo Carrillo Ranch on the National Register of Historic Places. The status was granted in 1992.

“I’ve spent 29 years as a citizen of Carlsbad and just feel privileged to be able to walk beside city staff and city leaders as they encourage their citizens to help them with projects like this,” Kindle said. “You feel an enormous sense of accomplishment when they invite you in the door and you do something like this.”

The preservation effort peaked in 2003 when Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park opened to the public.

The California Parks and Recreation Society District 12, which includes San Diego and Imperial counties, recognized Kindle for her 30-year contribution to preserving the ranch on March 26.

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane. For information, call (760) 476-1042.

Pictured, from left, are Chris Hazeltine, city of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation director; Joan Kindle; and Mick Calarco, city of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation special projects manager.

Janelle Werthmann
Union Tribune

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Our Newsletter for Q1 2014


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Luther Gage House Lecture and Tour – March 16, 2pm

Carlsbad Historical Society

2014 Lectures

Luther Gage House

Lecture and Tour

 “Nurseryman Luther Gage came to Carlsbad from Los Angeles in 1921 and helped develop the flower industry into a strong economic base. After his 1923 marriage, Gage built the spacious brick house that is now the center of the Monterey condominium complex (architect not known).”

Meet on the back patio of the Luther Gage House, 3080 Lincoln Street at 2pm.

Approximately 40 minute talk by Jo Ellen Guthrie on Luther and Olive Gage’s lives, and the impact they had on Carlsbad.   We are also planning to have a few folks present who personally knew the Gages to make a few brief comments.

Refreshments and Q. &A. time while I take groups of 10 or so through the house.

The event will be over by about 4pm.

 Gage House / Monterey Condominiums

3080 Lincoln Street

Meet on the back patio

Sunday March 16, at 2pm


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