A reader from Liverpool, England, wrote us recently requesting our help in finding “hidden gems of progressiveness and places of historical importance I should visit whilst I’m there.”
That request got us to thinking about how much local history we must be blissfully unaware of. So we’ve decided to create and continue to update a page where the local history of progressiveness and protest will come alive for visitors, students and locals.
Some things we already have, like Maria Garcia’s History of Neighborhood House. Others are obvious (or should be) like Chicano Park.
We want to catalog, photograph and map out local places of interest. We want everything: places where protests occurred, vignettes about relevant political events and locations where historical documents might be found. We want restaurants and businesses run by local progressives, or whose proceeds and purpose are to support progressive causes.
We want to be able to link to other internet content, via brief descriptions of what readers can expect. Jeff Smith’s series at the Reader about the IWW in San Diego is an example. Frank Gormlie’s articles about the days of yore at the OB Rag are another.
We’d like your help in putting this together. You can leave us ideas in the comments section of this article or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Progressive San Diego. Many thanks!