Chula Vista Centennial Snapshot: Chula Vista Heritage Museum Launches Historic Photo Exhibit Commemorating City's 100th Birthday

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Opening night is Thursday, June 16 from 5p.m. to 7:30p.m.

Chula Vista Centennial

Rohr Aircraft Corporation 1940s

Celebrating the city of Chula Vista’s Centennial year of 2011, the Chula Vista Heritage Museum will open at new photography exhibit documenting the southern California city’s 100-year history on Thursday, June 16 from 5p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Titled Glimpses of History: Celebrating 100 years of Chula Vista, historic photos will illustrate the city’s growth from its agricultural start as the Lemon Capital of the World to San Diego County’s second largest municipality.

In addition to vintage and memorable photography, opening night will feature five decades of music from the early 1900s, as well as hors d’evours and refreshments in the museums garden.

The exhibit is funded by a Community Enhancement Program Grant from the County of San Diego.

The Chula Vista Heritage Museum is located at 360 Third Avenue. The museum’s regular hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-4 p.m. and Saturdays 12-3 p.m. Admission is free. Special school and group tours are by appointment only. To book a tour or for general information, please call (619) 427-8092.

The Chula Vista Heritage Museum focuses on exhibits about Chula Vista's past. Artifacts and photos chronicle the settlement and development of Chula Vista, including historic homes and buildings, daily life, community events, noted individuals, and the city's citrus and aircraft industry. The Museum was founded 1993, and is part of the Chula Vista Public Library System. The building was built in 1946.

The Chula Vista Heritage Museum is supported by the Heritage Museum Society, a chapter of the Friends of the Chula Vista Library. Individuals or businesses can help support the Chula Vista Heritage Museum and sponsor exhibits by becoming a member of the Friends of the Library or making monetary donations directly to the museum.

The Chula Vista Centennial is a yearlong, once-in-a-lifetime celebration of events, organized by and for the community to commemorate the history and people of the city and create a lasting legacy. City-wide events sponsored by community businesses, educational groups, and non-profit organizations in partnership with the Centennial's Committee of 100 volunteers will continue through 2011. To learn more about the Centennial and review a calendar of events and projects, visit the official Chula Vista Centennial website.

The City of Chula Vista is San Diego County’s second largest municipality and will celebrate its Centennial in 2011. With approximately 240,000 residents, the city is located just south of downtown San Diego. Chula Vista’s 33,024 acres is diverse - from coastal shoreline in the West to the San Miguel Mountains in the East. Established neighborhoods, contemporary communities, start-up firms, corporations, nationally recognized entertainment venues, the nation’s only warm weather Olympic Training Center and a historic downtown all contribute to Chula Vista’s attraction for both families and businesses. Combined with affordability and room to expand, Chula Vista is positioned to continue offering multifaceted opportunities to businesses and residents alike.

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