Our big central park, Balboa Park, is celebrating its centennial this year. The Park website tells us that, “A group of politically well-connected individuals were given three years and a healthy city budget to plan a party. That resulted in, well, nothing. Nothing, that is, except a stack of bills from consultants. Now the museums are filling the void.”
Most of the museums are hosting shows that illustrate Balboa park during a particular era. The Natural History Museum has “Coast to Cactus.” The San Diego Model Railroad Museum recreated the trolley station at the park, and has introduced an interactive display.
The Automotive Museum is giving four separate shows. The current show Covers the War years in San Diego. It’s heavy on WWII, but posters, uniforms, and ephemera illustrate the Park’s part in the Great War. Here’s a few shots taken at the show opening.