WHO WE ARE Mission Statement
The mission of the Coronado Historical Association is to encourage and promote
the appreciation, knowledge and understanding of Coronado’s unique art, architecture, history and other historical resources.
We do this in myriad ways. We operate a state-of-the-art historical archive where Coronado’s wonderful history is captured in everything from 1880s newspapers and glass plate negatives to historic garments and artifacts. We take history to the people at every opportunity.
How to Reach Us and Staff Information: Museum and Visitor Center Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a. m. -5 p.m.
Museum Store Summer Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
CHA and Museum: 619.435.7242 Visitor Center: 619.437.8788
Toll-free number Coronado Visitor Center: 866.599.7242
For more information, visit
– or – www.CoronadoVisitorCenter.com
Susan Enowitz, Executive Director email@example.com
Katherine Matlack, Visitor Center Manager
Special Projects Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Gartner, Store Mgr./Buyer email@example.com
Rachel Lieu, Archivist/Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Knouse, Membership Consultant email@example.com
Carla Medlock, Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FY 2011-2012 Bob Balfour President
Courtenay McGowen Vice President
Pat Flynn Secretary
Jim Kaufman Treasurer
Board Members Gail Bardin Debbie Bell
Rob Crenshaw Russ Haley Susan Keith Phil Monroe Rick Moore
Cassie Morton Holly Nappen Carrie O’Brien Carol Raiter
Mayor Casey Tanaka City Council Liaison
From the Director
Susan Enowitz, Executive Director of the Coronado Historical Association and the Coronado Museum & Art
Coronado, to me, is very “haimish.” Have you ever heard this term? This is a word from my childhood that I overheard when my grandparents talked about certain people or situations. I saw the enthusiasm and look on their faces when they used this word.
It’s a Yiddish word to convey being unpretentious,
very down-to-earth, or to describe a place that makes one feel right-at-home. Recently I read a column in the New York Times by David Brooks, who used the term when describing his family’s safari vacation in Africa; he then generalized, using it about other aspects of life.
I love seeing parents riding their bicycles to meetings at the school with the principal or on their way to a dinner party in town. When neighbors collect their morning newspapers in their pajamas or do their grocery shopping in their work-out gear, I see this as a signal of being “haimish.” I feel the same way after a morning membership committee meeting, where those in attendance have spoken about helping an ill friend or neighbor by dropping off goodies or food or by relieving the caretaker. When my husband broke his fibula last January, someone quickly loaned us half a hospital’s inventory of items to help him get around!
At the Coronado Visitor Center, I often hear comments about how comfortable people feel in our town, and how friendly everyone is. I am proud of our volunteers at the desk because they do such a great job making visitors feel welcome here. They offer help before they’re asked, make recommendations based on the visitor’s interests, and often take phone numbers to call people back with answers to questions they need to research.
Walking around town with a long-term resident is like a walk down memory lane. Stories flood the conversation. The same thing happens while conducting oral history interviews, one of the favorite parts of my job.
We are currently preparing for an important exhibit for Spring-Summer 2012, on the challenges and sacrifices of Coronado residents on the “homefront” during World War II, 1942-1945.
I think this period also represents an
interesting time in Coronado’s history, a time when so many residents pulled together and cared for each other’s security and safety. My sense is that this exhibit will also tell us even more about the soul of this “haimish” community.
If you have something you think we should include in our exhibit— a photograph, letter, diary—or know of someone we should interview for an oral history, please contact me or our Archivist Rachel Lieu. We would really appreciate your suggestions.
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