​​​     On Saturday, June 29, 2019 the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (BMCC) will host a special fundraising dinner gala to introduce the exhibition Nuestra Frontera: Our South Bay Families at the Border.  This original exhibition presents a fascinating walk through 250 years of San Diego history. The gala will celebrate the early Californios and ranchos days in the region with the food and music of the 1800's.  History will come to life as actors portraying people in the exhibition delight in the telling of early Alta California stories. If you are interested in being an exhibition sponsor, please email the museum. 

 
During the gala enjoy an opening night preview of the exhibition based on more than 50 oral interviews, 2,000 archival photographs, and census and genealogy records.  The exhibit documents the multi-ethnic Spanish-speaking families who have lived in the San Diego-Tijuana region for over eight generations.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover families whose ancestors first came as the leather jackets with the Portola Expedition in 1769.  When Mexico declared independence from Spain, many of these men became prominent Californios who owned vast tracts of land known as ranchos, in the South Bay region.  Themes in the exhibition include the coming of the railroads and the Mexican Revolution and how it impacted South Bay families.  More recently, the exhibition details oral histories about the Mexican Repatriation in the 1930's as well as the 1970’s Chicano movement.  The exhibit will contain photographs as well as interactive displays that bring history to life.

The exhibit is curated by Barbara Zaragoza, a freelance writer and local historian who holds a Master’s degree in History from Harvard University.  She has written several books, including "San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley" as well as "Fronterizos: A History of the Spanish-speaking People of the South Bay, San Diego."

The Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, located at 4355 Bonita Road in Bonita, California, 91902, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free.

The Bonita Museum and Cultural Center is operated by The Bonita Historical Society and is dedicated to preserving, for public education and enjoyment, the culture, history, arts, crafts, and aesthetic facets of the region, specifically El Rancho de la Nación in South San Diego County.

Please check the
exhibitions page for lectures and events associated with the exhibition.  Thank you to our museum partners,Michelle Reeves (translation), Victor Crosthwaite Contreras 619 777-9830 (historical re-inactments), San Diego History Center and the South Bay Historical Society.
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El Bonita Museum and Cultural Center Presenta: Nuestra Frontera: Nuestras Familias de South Bay en la Frontera.
Fechas de exposición: Junio 29 a agosto 24, 2019


La exposición presenta una experiencia fascinante por 250 años de la historia de San Diego, basada en más de 50 entrevistas orales, 2,000 fotografías de archivos, censos y datos genealógicos. La exposición documenta la gente multiétnica y familias que vivieron en la región de South Bay y San Diego-Tijuana.


Los visitantes de la exposición descubrirán familias de ancestros que llegaron al South Bay en el siglo 17 durante la expedición de Portola tanto como familias de la zona quienes ancestros pertenecieron de ranchos enormes de la comarca durante principios del período de los Californios. Los temas de la exposición incluyen la introducción del ferrocarril y la Revolución Mexicana y el impacto a las familias del South Bay. La exposición detalla historias orales de la repatriación Mexicana de 1930 tanto como la pasión en la región durante los años 70 con el Movimiento Chicano en el epicentro. La exposición tendrá fotografías y presentaciones multimedia que muestran una historia viva.


La exposición está curado por Barbara Zaragoza, una escritora independiente e historiadora local con la Maestría en Historia de Harvard. Ha escrito muchos libros que incluyen “ San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley” y “ Fronterizos: A History of the Spanish-Speaking People of the South Bay, San Diego.”


El Museo Bonita y Centro Cultural está abierto de miércoles a sábado de 10 a.m. a 4 p.m. La entrada es gratis. Ubicación: 4355 Bonita Rd., Bonita CA. 91902


Por favor visiten nuestro sitio web para pláticas y eventos asociados con la exposición.

Exhibition dates:
​June 22 - August 24, 2019


Gala Reception:

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

5:30 - 8:00 PM

Reservations in the museum or on-line

Exhibition events:

June 29 - Gala Fundraising Dinner- 5:30 PM, reservations required

July 6th - Family Day 12noon - 2: 00 PM, free (family picture at 1:00 PM)

​                 includes curator Zaragoza and book signing.

July 20th - Walk through the exhibition with curator Barbara Zaragoza, 11am 

July 27 - Tortilla making with the Kitchenistas and Katie Stokes, editor of SD Edible                        Magazine 11 -12:30 PM. reservations

                 Watch an interview with Chula Vista's Mayor Salas about the                                               Tortilla Wars

August 2 - Film Screening, book signing with professors and authors Alberto                    López Pulido and Rigoberto "Rigo" Reyes.  Follow the history and birth of                          lowrider culture to the present day in South Bay San Diego. 5:30 PM

August 10 - Saloons, Opium Dens and Brothels of the South Bay during the Prohibition    era.


More​​Fronterizos  website  - Find out more about the early families of the South Bay.

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The Museum is Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm, or by appointment.

​​​​​​​Thank You to Nuestra Frontera Sponsors:


Californios

Carlos and Geannie Carriedo

John and Stephanie Garcia 

Enrique Munoz, Esq.

​San Ysidro Health

​Scott and Barbara Scott


Aztlan

Nicholas and Patricia Aguilar

Dominick Addario, MD

Dr. Ruben Carriedo

The Eisenberg Group. A.C.

The Law Offices of Keith J. Stone

Paul A. Martin, DDS.

Lisa McLean, Esq.

 Petrita Oliver 

Jesus and Teresa Rodriguez


Early Pioneers

Rafael and Debora Munoz
​Michael and Jan Pradels
Love and Alvarez Psychology

Steve and Barbara Velazquez


Compadrazgos

Roy and Nimpa Akana

​Canizalez Associates

Losha Carriedo Nakanelua and Mahoe Nakanelua

​Coldwell Banker West Foundation 

Alan and Frances Cornell

John A. Don, Esq.

David  E. Dugan, Esq.

Susan and Eleonor England

Michael E. Jones, Esq.

​The Law offices of Monguia & Monguia

Leslie Branman Smith, Esq.