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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.)

They Made Chula Vista History


History of Chula Vista

Read a brief overview of Chula Vista history from 3000 B.C. to the present.  



John Rojas Local History Room

John Rojas 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.

Local History Room

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.


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Heritage Museum

Heritage Museum

Chula Vista Heritage Museum
360 Third Ave (east side of Memorial Park)
Chula Vista CA 91910-3932
(619) 427-8092


Monday & Wednesday 12 - 4pm

Saturday 12-3

(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.


Past Exhibits

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: Japanese Americans in Chula Vista (June 2012 - May 2013)

This Land Is Your Land

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)

Glimpses of History





Historical Agricultural Exhibit (June 2010 - May 2011) Farming in Chula Vista




Education in the South Bay (June 2009 - May 2010)



Historic Homes

Roger's Home

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.

Hisotric Photos

Deed of Gift Form (PDF) (01/18/06)


Chula Vista Genealogical Society

Family Tree 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

For more information visit the Chula Vista Genealogical Society web site and blog, or contact Gary Brock, President at (619) 475-4054 or


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