SAN DIEGO –San Diego’s Historic Places returns to KPBS on January 8, 2015 with a special series in honor of Balboa Park’s centennial celebration featuring several new episodes and segments. Host Elsa Sevilla will explore how City Park originated and visit some of its historic landmarks as part of the 1915 Expo Series. 

Using rare, historic photos and film, the series promises to give viewers a unique glimpse into the 1915 Exposition. In addition to exploring the grounds, Sevilla will go on behind-the-scenes tours of the park as well as to museum vaults and historic buildings including the San Diego Museum of Man. Throughout the series, viewers will learn about Balboa Park’s architectural and landscape designs and look at what has changed over the past 100 years. The series is among the highest rated local programs on KPBS-TV and is on its seventh season with more than 55-documentaries so far. In addition, City and County officials proclaimed September 30 as San Diego’s Historic Places day. Viewers can watch San Diego’s Historic Places Thursdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 11:30 a.m., and anytime at video.kpbs.org.

The following is a list of topics and times for the series:

January 8, 2015 at 8 p.m.               Early Balboa Park Plans, Early Architect Plans, Museum of Man Design, St. Fances Chapel

January 15, 2015 at 8 p.m.            Expo Planning, Spreckles Organ Pavilion, Early Park Landscaping, California Building Tower Tour

January 22, 2015 at 8 p.m.            Rare Expo Black and White Film, Foreign Arts Building, San Diego History Center Ephemera, Expo Historic Artifacts

January 29, 2015 at 8 p.m.            Marston House & Park, Kate Sessions, Cabrillo Bridge, Grant Hotel, Streetcar

February 5, 2015 at 8 p.m.            Overview Balboa Park, 7th Avenue homes & Park, Spreckles Theater, MCRD, Navy

February 12, 2015 at 8 p.m.          Expo Isthmus, Architects, St. James Hotel, Carousel

Wife and husband team, Elsa and Guillermo Sevilla, have been producing San Diego’s Historic Places exclusively for KPBS since 2008. The program is made possible through a unique partnership between KPBS, Sevilla Productions, the San Diego History Center, and the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) as well as local educators, historians and authors. 

KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University, serving the region with TV, Radio, and Internet content that is educational as well as entertaining—and free of commercial interruption.           

Ronnie Cook
Ronnie Cook

Ronnie is has been telling stories with images, film, video and words for over 40 years.