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Former IB Mayor and U.S. Representative Brian Bilbray & son, Brian"Patrick" Bilbray, Imperial Beach Councilman, will speak Thursday April 21 at a meeting of the South Bay Historical Society

Apr 19, 2016 09:33PM ● By Paul Spear

 Former IB Mayor and U.S. Representative Brian Bilbray & son, Brian "Patrick" Bilbray, Imperial Beach Councilman, will speak Thursday April 21 at a meeting of the South Bay Historical Society.

The free meeting that is open to the public will be held in the Chula Vista Library Library Auditorium.and start and start at 6pm.

The Bilbray's will speak on the plans being made for the celebration of the city's 60th Anniversary during the city's Sun and Sea Festival weekend starting July 15 as well as some Imperial Beach history.

 Dr. Steven Schoenherr of the South Bay Historical Society has been working with the the Imperial Beach History Group that was formed by IB City Councilwoman Lorie Bragg to help the City of Imperial Beach celebrate its 60th Anniversary this year. The city was incorporated on July 18th, 1956. The City will be putting out a large booth that will be out all day at the Mayors Breakfast of July 15th to display the history that has been collected over the years. 

The photographs, news article clippings and other information collected will be displayed in photo albums and they will have a HD Display to show off some of the items that way as well. They are still looking into other ways to display the items as well. Of course there will be collectables on display too. The group has many other methods they are considering for displaying information.

History will be displayed by categories. Some of the groups being considered are:

1. IB People
2. Education-Schools
3. Government (will be sub divided)
    a. Police/Sheriff
    b. Fire Department
    c. City government
    d. Lifeguards
    e. Mayors
    f. City Hall/City Buildings
4. Military/Ream Field/Ft ann Marie/Calvary, Emery, Organizations
5. Churches
6. Organizations - IB Woman's Club, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Garden Club, and more
7 Sports, IB Little league, IB Girls softball, Sports Park?
8 Sandcastle Festival
9. Sloughs
10. Historical Events, flooding, and other significant events
11. IB Pier
12. Historical Tree
13 Iconic Places
14. Business & Businesses
15 Politics
16 Obituaries
17. IB Newspaper
18. Miss Imperial Beach

If you would be interested in providing any help to the Imperial Beach History Group. We

  are meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 4pm in the Community Room behind City Hall. RSVP to Paul Spear if interested at

We have buckets of photographs we need to go through and sort into different categories for display at the City's History Booth which will be at the Mayor's Breakfast the whole day Friday July 15th as part of the City's 60th Anniversary Celebration.

The City plans on having a huge booth and displaying all the history they can get together and identify.

We need volunteers with knowledge of history and volunteers who are just willing to help out like myself!

History will be divided up and displayed by subject. Subjects include but are not limited to the following. (We will be looking for Docent (Theme Leaders) to be in charge of various subjects)

This will hopefully be repeated at the Symphony by the Sea.


Paul spear, Editor, Dig Imperial Beach


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