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Dig Deeper into Oceanside History with Kristi Hawthorne

Online History Program and Resources at the Library

Join the Oceanside Public Library online on Saturday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. as we host Oceanside Historical Society Historian Kristi Hawthorne as part of the Dig Deeper, Oceanside Summer Reading program.

Hawthorne will present some lesser known historical facts and tidbits that she has found in her 30+ years of research through the Oceanside Public Library's historic newspaper collection. Find out about a scandalous reputation of Oceanside's early boarding house, square dancing at the pier, a rumor that Al Capone was going to purchase the Rancho Santa Margarita, a newly discovered house designed by Architect Irving Gill, and what may be the first business in Oceanside owned by an African American woman. 

One of the ongoing projects undertaken by the Library in recent years is the digitization of Oceanside newspapers. The Library is pleased to announce that another 53,874 pages of the historic Blade Tribune are available online as part of the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) based at the University of California at Riverside. The Oceanside newspaper collection is now digitized from the earliest copies of each paper through 1960. Free remote access is invaluable to historical researchers.

As one of these researchers, Hawthorne says, “I am thrilled that our historic newspapers from 1888 to 1960 have been digitized and are now online. The Oceanside Public Library's collection of microfilmed newspapers have been scanned and uploaded to the CDNC. This collaboration has produced an exciting research tool for researchers, genealogists, historians and anyone interested in the history of our wonderful city! This is an amazing resource that is searchable and accessible to the general public without cost. Thank you to the Oceanside Public Library for helping to make this possible!”

Visit to access the newspaper collection. The Dig Deeper into Oceanside History presentation will be held via Zoom, and preregistration is required for the Zoom link. REGISTER HERE

For more information on this or other Libraryprograms and services visitwww.oceansidepubliclibrary.orgor call (760) 435-5586.