Friday, May 7, 2010

2011 is Chula Vista's Centennial Year

This article was written by CVGS Member Susan Zimmer and appeared in the May 2010 issue of the CVGS Newsletter:

The year 2011 will be a big year for the City of Chula Vista as it will celebrate its 100th year centennial. Many events are in the planning stages and will be of interest to Chula Vista Genealogical Society members.

As Centennial Committee liaison, Susan Zimmer would like to call your attention to some of those events. If you have a special interest in being involved or helping out with any event, please contact Susan and she will pass your name along.

o October 9, 2011 the Tall Ship California will be docking in Chula Vista. Look for more information about visiting the bay that day.
o The historic Home Tour will take place April 30, 2011.
o The City will participate in the Spirit of '45 project, in which interviews will be done with senior citizens about what they experienced and felt on the day peace was declared (Aug. 14, 1945). Some interviewing will be done as projects for students, but experienced genealogical researchers might like to participate, especially if you know of someone, a neighbor or relative, who could recall that important day. The results will be gathered and placed on an Internet "wall".

In addition, a young citizen will be putting together a film documentary of city history. A coffee table book of Chula Vista history is also being put together.

Our society came up with a suggestion to honor Chula Vista residents who are 100 years old.

Other events tentatively scheduled are Chula Vista Night at the Padres, a goal of 100 minutes of physical activity for students, movie night (they hope to show The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), a Bike-the-Bay event, a bigger and better Fiesta de la Luna, a film festival, a series of art shows, wine tasting, and battles of the bands. Chula Vista churches and businesses will be included in the history and encouraged to have some recognition of the centennial. A specially-designed tee shirt is being planned and marketed.

Researchers are needed to explore some aspects of Chula Vista history. If you know something about a family, a memorable event, a well-remembered business, or a historic moment or someone you know does, please tell Susan.

As more dates are finalized, Susan will alert you to how and when you can join in the fun.

The Chula Vista Centennial Website is at

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