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sixth annual suffrage parade in honor of the Centennial. The date for the parade was

chosen to coincide with Women’s Equality Day on August 26, said Ashley Gardner, the museum’s executive director. The parade’s announcement

on the museum’s website re- minded participants to grab their signs and hats. Many did dress up. Twenty-five members of the San Diego Costume Guild were at the parade, wearing outfits like women would have worn in 1911, adding more festivity to the parade. Evah Allen of the costume guild

said this was the first of the mu- seum’s women’s suffrage parade in which they marched. Around 6 p.m. march-

ers chanted the words “They thought they were in Heaven, in 1911, when California wom- en finally got the vote,” as they went into Balboa Park via the Cabrillo Bridge, and finished at Spreckels Organ Pavilion where members of the San Di- ego Women’s Drum Circle kept the beat. Judy “The Beauty” Forman,

civil rights activist, philanthro- pist, and owner of the award-win- ning Big Kitchen Café in South Park, was a key personality of the

Some parade attendees dressed in period appropriate outfits. (Photo by Jocelyn Maggard)

event and composed the chant. Before the march, elected

officials such as California State Senator Christine Kehoe, former Assembly member and congressional candidate Lori Saldana, and Congressman and San Diego mayoral candi- date Bob Filner, and Gardner, spoke on the historical and po- litical value of the Centennial celebration, and why women have to continue to stand up for their rights. Filner, noting his life-long ac-

tivism in civil rights, quoted Rev- erend Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go.” Kehoe reminded the crowed

that women were not given the right to vote, but they won it, and added that the next step is to elect more women into pub-

lic of fice. Other represented groups

included Planned Parenthood, YWCA, League of Women Voters, the Older Women’s League, American Association of University Women, the Na- tional Organization for Women, and WESTOPFASD, a group from El Cajon working to pre- vent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. A few men made it to the Aug.

25 event; some were dressed in period clothing. Tom Leech, a local San Di-

ego writer, says he knows many of the women involved in the event, including Gardner, and likes to support the cause and the museum. For more information about

the Women’s Museum of Califor- nia visit


Sappenfield says he and Vivian were the ones who “put the bee in the bonnet” of the historical society to host the inaugural car show last year. It’s helpful, added Sappenfield,

that the classic car exhibit is be- ing held in the parking lot behind the historic North Park Theatre, which may attract visitors to the event.

“Any kind of activity that

brings people to see the historic core of the area is a good thing,” he said. “The car show is turning out

to be a breadwinner for the his- torical society,” said Vivian, not- ing the event was started a year ago specifically to raise money for the North Park Historical Society to fund local North Park projects. Those projects, he said, run the gamut from getting more infor- mation out to the public about the historical significance of homes and buildings in the neighbor- hood to attempts to save commu- nity landmarks. One such community land-

mark to be saved is the neighbor- hood’s iconic green water tower. “It was built in 1924 and we’re

working to get it designated as a historic landmark,” said Hon. “We want to see it saved.” Hon added the Historical Soci-

ety will apply to the city’s Histori- cal Resources Board to begin the process to get the water tower his- torically designated. Another North Park Histori-

cal Society Member, Bob Bauer, will be exhibiting again this year, displaying two cars. One is his British 1954 MG TF, the last in a line of midget cars with small engines and small bodies. “Only 9,600 of them were built during an 18-month period,” he said. Bauer’s other entry in the car

show is a 1959 MG Replica Road- ster, a vehicle that was the prede- cessor to the more widely popular MGB, thousands of which were exported to the United States. Bauer said he likes exhibiting

his cars at North Park because of the timing of the event. “I like that this show is on a

Saturday versus a Sunday and that, unlike a lot of shows, it doesn’t start early in the morn- ing,” he said. Bauer also stressed the thrill

in collecting antique cars is not just in possessing them. “They’re a part of history and I like be- ing part of preserving them,” he said. “I feel like a steward of cars versus possessing them. People have owned them before me, and I’m sure people will own them af- ter me — if I take care of them.” Hon said the idea behind the

historical society’s car event is to “celebrate our community and bring people to North Park.” Bauer added the car show was

created by the Historical Society to preserve something old — the resources in North Park that are of historical significance. “We need to combine new things go- ing on with protecting historical properties,” he said. Hon said he hopes the car

show, like the North Park Histori- cal Society that spawned it, will evolve with the times. “This is a signature event of

our community,” she said. “It’s our responsibility now as a com- munity to grow it.” For more information visit or call 619-294-8990.


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