They Made Chula Vista History
These booklets were produced as part of a project initiated by Altrusa Club of Chula Vista Inc. Foundation. The project leads were Altrusa member Jeri Gulbransen Gustafsson, CVESD Assistant Superintendent John Nelson, and CVPL Librarian Donna Golden.
Enjoy the electronic version here in pdf format.
(Actual copies will soon be available for checkout.)
Chula Vista History Photos and Videos
John Rojas Local History Room
The John Rojas Local History Room in the Civic Center Branch Library houses a variety of materials including books, scrapbooks, school yearbooks, city/phone directories, environmental impact reports (EIRs), maps, and other items about Chula Vista’s heritage. These unique items are for library use only. To use these materials ask for assistance at the Accounts Desk.
The Local History Room was named after John Rojas, a Chula Vistan who spent years collecting and disseminating Chula Vista’s history. He founded the Chula Vista Historical Society, which later merged with the Chula Vista Heritage Museum. He wrote a series of books called "Chula Vista - Early Years" and "Chula Vista's Trees," and was co-author of "Historic Homes of Chula Vista." "
Discover more about our history at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum.
History of Chula Vista
Read a brief overview of Chula Vista history from 3000 B.C. to the present.
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Chula Vista Heritage Museum
360 Third Ave (east side of Memorial Park)
Chula Vista CA 91910-3932
Tuesday & Thursday 12 - 4pm
(may also be open during special events)
Admission is free.
Special school and group tours are by appointment only. To book a tour please call the Museum at (619) 427-8092.
The Museum was founded 1993, and is part of the Chula Vista Public Library System. The building was built in 1946.
Walk of History Tour
In the late 1800s, the center of town was Third Avenue and F Street. Many of the buildings of the 1800s and early 1900s, although altered, still stand where they were originally built. The Walk of History Tour begins one block north of the Museum.
This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: Japanese Americans in Chula Vista (June 2012 - May 2013)
Sponsored by the Friends of the Chula Vista Library, the exhibit documents the arrival of Japanese workers in 1905, the “celery wars” of the 1920s, and the community’s internment during World War II.
The exhibit features a replica of the Poston, Arizona, barracks where about 450 Chula Vista residents were interned during the war.
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Glimpses of History: Celebrating 100 Years of Chula Vista (June 2011 - May 2012)
Historical Agricultural Exhibit (June 2010 - May 2011)
Education in the South Bay (June 2009 - May 2010)
The museum's exhibit on historic homes focused on homes built between the 1880s and the 1930s. The digitized photos include homes, buildings and daily life in Chula Vista around the turn of the 20th century.
Rohr Aircraft Corporation Exhibit (March 2008 - April 2008)
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Support for the Heritage Museum
The Museum is supported by the Heritage Museum Society, a chapter of the Friends of the Chula Vista Library.
Operating funds come from the sale of books and other items for sale at the Museum, as well as financial donations and Friends of the Library memberships.
Individuals or businesses can help support the Museum and sponsor exhibits by becoming a member of the Friends of the Library or making monetary donations directly to the museum.
Do you have local history items to donate?
The Chula Vista Heritage Museum & Local History Collection also accept donations of artifacts, pictures, memorabilia, and/or remembrances. Please contact the Museum
or the Local History Librarian at (619) 691-5069, to make arrangements.
Chula Vista Genealogical Society
The Chula Vista Genealogical Society support the Family Research Collection. This collection is located in the Civic Center Branch and is available to everyone during the library's open hours.
The Genealogical Society holds a general meetings, research and computer lab meeting on a monthly basis at the Civic Center Library.
The Society responds to queries. Contact Randy Seaver at email@example.com
For more information visit the Chula Vista Genealogical Society web site and blog, or contact Gary Brock, President at (619) 475-4054 or firstname.lastname@example.org