Monday, July 20, 2015

Organization of the Week: Save Our Heritage Organisation

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey and beyond.

This week, I am featuring Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) which is located in San Diego, California. Founded in 1969, Save Our Heritage Organisation's mission is to preserve, promote, and support preservation of the architectural, cultural, and historical links and landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth, and character of the San Diego area. The organization is a affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and maintains several historic buildings including the Whaley House in Old Town San Diego and the George W. Marston House in Balboa Park.

The first project the organisation undertook was the restoration and relocation of the Sherman-Gilbert house, a Stick-Eastlake Victorian that was to be demolished. The house was relocated to the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park area. Today, the organization acts as an advisory board to local advocacy groups and they regularly sponsor historic home tours, lectures, and workshops. Annually, SOHO assembles a Most Endangered List, highlighting historic buildings in danger of demolition or significant alteration.

Save Our Heritage Organisation relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs and special events hosted by Save Our Heritage Organisation or to become a member or volunteer, please call 619-297-9327 or visit

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