SanDieguito Heritage Museum

SD Heritage Museum


450 Quail Gardens Drive

Encinitas, CA 92024




12:00 - 4:00 p.m.




The 27th Annual Deep Pit BBQ is Coming Soon!

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Save the date! On Saturday, May 23, 2015, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum will host its 27th Annual Deep Pit BBQ at the museum site, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas.

The BBQ has become a community tradition as friends and families enjoy visiting,learning about history and tasting great food. Like our past BBQs, this one is also special, Enjoying the BBQ as it features the Deep Pit BBQ. For 20 years the San Dieguito Heritage Museum's BBQ was cooked in the ground according to tradition. Cooking BBQ in a deep pit makes the tastiest BBQ.

The BBQ event starts at noon and food will be served until 2:30 p.m. During the event, the museum and exhibits will be open for visitors to browse through. There will be live music and kid’s activities, a silent auction, and a bake sale. Several vintage vehicles will be on display, including a 1957 Del Mar Fire Department fire engine, a stagecoach, a 1917 Model T Ford and other unique cars. Photo sites with dress-up clothes will provide great picture taking opportunities.

Tickets are $20 for adults if purchased before the event ($25 at the door); $15 for teens (13-17); $7 for children (5-12); and free for children under 5 accompanied by an adult.

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Recap of SDHM 2015 Annual Meeting

On Sunday, February 8, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum held its Annual Meeting and presented its State of the Museum report. Leichtag Foundation President and CEO, Jim Farley, welcomed SDHM membersNative Peoples Presentation to Barn #2 on a beautiful sun-drenched afternoon. The event included a luncheon and a special presentation highlighting San Dieguito Native Peoples by O'Jay Vanegas, museum educator at the Barona Cultural Center and Museum.

Attendance was robust, as was interest in O'Jay's discussion on Native Peoples of our area. His insight into the naming of local Southern California tribes proved valuable and offered much needed clarification and understanding. Ending his speech on an especially touching note, O'Jay performed several bird songs with traditional gourd rattles.

In all, the Annual Meeting showcased all the good works in progress at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum.


The Model T Club of America Rolls into Town


Residents visiting the San Dieguito Heritage Museum take a trip back in time. Around 25 Model Ts at the museum on July 14 made the experience that much more authentic.

The Model T Club of America stopped at the museum as part of a five-day tour across San Diego. For two hours, the vintage car owners showed off their rides, dating back to 1908 to 1927. And they answered questions from residents. Local resident Warren Raps, who restored a 1917 model T that can be found at the museum, helped arrange for the cars to visit the museum.

Raps has been enamored with the vehicles since he was a youngster. “When I was 6, I went with my dad to look at a farm he was interested in buying,” Raps said. “In the barn was a 26-foot touring Model T with the top up. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.”

Raps, who belongs to the Model T Club of America and Hidden Valley Model T Club, said the vehicles have a special place in American history. “That was the first car to put America on wheels,” he said. “Comparatively, they were cheap.”

Driving them isn’t easy, because of the odd position of the throttle, brake and shifter. “It took me about six months to get the hang of,” Raps said. “It’s fun, though.”

Tony Bowker, treasurer and past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Model T Club of America, said he enjoys the camaraderie of the events. “People in general in the club are real nice,” said Bowker, adding that the Model Ts frequently break down, so “we’re always willing to lend each other a hand.”



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Encinitas, Ca 92024

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