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From the Archive: Glorietta School

This week our scrapbook is of the Glorietta School, a school serving children who lived in the Federal Housing Project in Coronado, and was in operation from 1944 to 1976. The Project was built as low-cost housing for military personnel just following World War II. The Glorietta School scrapbook focuses on the school’s last year of operation in 1975-76, including newspaper clippings, photos, and ephemera. This scrapbook was recently digitized thanks to the California Revealed project through the California State Library.

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From The Archive: Early Coronado Schoolkids

Happy Black History Month! This photo depicts Miss Durgin’s class c. 1887.The school featured is the first schoolhouse building in Coronado, now in the current location of Coronado High School, started as a wood-floored tent, and expanded to a temporary building at Seventh and E Ave. The fully complete building was written about in the January 31st Issue of the Coronado Evening Mercury in 1888, and took in a group of 86 students for its first term. It had 5 classrooms, washrooms, a library, closets, and “a number of blackboards,” as well as a veranda. According to the 1900 census, we know that there were 5 Black families that lived in Coronado: the Hunters, the Marshalls, the Thompsons, the Banks, and the Hindenbrands. Although we don’t fully know the identities of the two children in the photograph, we can assume they came from either the Marshall, Thompson, or Banks families. Through this photograph, we get a glimpse into the earliest years of Coronado’s development, helping us learn about the past that impacted our present and future.

From the Archive: California Views

This week we are showing off one of the Mulhall Family Scrapbooks we have in the collection. This one is titled “California Views” and features photos of Point Loma, the Hotel del Coronado, the Coronado Boathouse, San Diego Mission Cliff Gardens and so much more. Dating to the 1910s, this collection of images shows us what things looked like over 100 years ago. This scrapbook was recently digitized thanks to the California Revealed project through the California State Library.

Interview with Setsuo Iwashita

In conjunction with CHA's latest exhibit Uprooted: The Story of the Japanese Americans of Coronado, which delves into the stories of local Japanese American families, CHA was honored to host a special virtual interview with Setsuo (Charlie) Iwashita on January 26, 2022.