Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Learn the history of Christmas, as well as the strange story of how it was celebrated in Old San Luis, as you stroll the holiday-bedecked streets. Find out how Jewish, Chinese, and Anglo merchants all played a part; where we got Christmas trees in this arid climate;...
Mission to Mosque

Mission to Mosque

Trace two centuries of sacred architecture and religious communities—Christian, Jewish, and Muslim—from the Mission San Luis Obispo (1793) to the Mosque of Nasreen (2008). Find out how to interpret the visual symbols and learn about the lives of the...
California Craftsman Style

California Craftsman Style

The West Coast borrowed the bungalow from Bengal and created the California Bungalow, an embodiment of “artistic beauty and cozy convenience” that spread across the world. The Craftsman bungalows of San Luis Obispo, of simple materials and muscular features, range...
Life in SLO’s Adobes

Life in SLO’s Adobes

San Luis Obispo was once a town built of mud but retains only a few of its adobes, largely following our main arroyo. We’ll visit these buildings, painstakingly constructed from the 1780s to the 1940s, and find out why they were built and how they were adapted,...