Old newspaper article showing a drawing of Celia Sweet with her boat.

San Diego’s First Woman Bay Pilot

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we have a couple of stories for you to enjoy. This first one was written by Karen Scanlon about Celia A. Sweet. By Karen Scanlon How a young woman from Kansas became San Diego’s first and only federally licensed female bay pilot is a Sweet story.  Celia Aileen Rogers migrated west in the late 1800s … Continue reading San Diego’s First Woman Bay Pilot

This small, modern Vega LED Beacon-44 was installed on March 3, the final hurrah of the lighthouse restoration. Its signal reaches approximately 14 miles to sea and offers a flash every 15 seconds. (Photo by Karen Scanlon.)

Lighthouse restoration earns SOHO’s prestigious award

Every spring, San Diego’s Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) accepts nominations for its annual People in Preservation Awards.  This year’s recipient of the coveted Preservation Project of the Year 2020 was awarded to contractor Neil Gardis of ‘Ohana Industries, Ltd., and his team of three — Nick Bliler, Ryan Strack, and Kevin Goodman of San Diego — for the restoration of Point Loma Lighthouse. Read … Continue reading Lighthouse restoration earns SOHO’s prestigious award

A circular logo of the National Park Service’s Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) 50th anniversary. In the middle, a yellow banner with the years 1970 and 2020 in white font are separated by the National Park Service Arrowhead symbol in front a blue circle. A thin, yellow boundary separates the blue circle and a thicker green rim that contains the words “Volunteer” and “50 years” on the top and bottom, respectively.

Happy 50th Anniversary, VIPs!

Dear Cabrillo National Monument Volunteers,  Happy anniversary! On this day, fifty years ago, Congress passed the Volunteers In Parks (VIP) Act, enabling parks all around the country to accept the services of individuals as “volunteers for or in aid of interpretive functions.” Since then, the program has flourished into a rich body of National Park Service mission seekers. All around the country and across borders, … Continue reading Happy 50th Anniversary, VIPs!

#A11y – An Introduction to Accessibility

Last week, Park Ranger Tera Lynn Gray assembled and facilitated a virtual panel to present on the most recent VIP Speaker Series titled “#A11y – An Introduction to Accessibility.” So, what is #A11y? “A11y” is a numeronym for “accessibility,” where the number 11 refers to the eleven letters in between the first and last letter of the word.If accessibility is a topic you’d like to … Continue reading #A11y – An Introduction to Accessibility