Presidents Message

Members of the Portuguese Historical Center,

I write this with much pride and honor in being your President for my 2nd time. I first thank all three prior presidents Daniel A. Silva, Odette T. Virissimo and Maria J. (Zeca) Rodrigues in taking the task of the past 10 years. I believe they cultured how important and vital this organization is to have in our Portuguese Community.

The PHC is different than most of our Point Loma organizations as we learn, archive and gather information. The PHC must be on top of all that goes on with Portuguese history, so it is here for future generations to come. With this center comes expenses to maintain our organization which you can review in the annual financial report within this newsletter. A very hard task indeed, for everything the PHC does comes from donors and volunteers like you and me. We want to remind you that we are open to having you spare any time, you may have to the Center anytime. Ideas include a student who requires community service hours for we’re always looking for support on how to best archive our photos, display items and organize the library.

As years have gone by many of our older members have passed on, which has shown in this year’s membership being at its lowest in many years. One of my goals will be to increase membership and I’m excited to share what we have already planned so far.  A few educational functions are available to you, such as our upcoming symposium this Sunday, February 18th on the Wonders of the Azores by our very own member Christian DaRosa. I hope to see many new and old faces, as it promises to be a great Sunday afternoon. Another event coming up which we’d love to have you all involved in is The Congress of History’s annual convention on March 2nd and 3rd that the PHC is sponsoring at the UPSES Hall. This event will embark with another historical museum in San Diego to expand our heritage. There will be workshops starting at 9:00 AM both days. I hope you find the time to stop by and meet our new friends and learn about San Diego history.

In addition, throughout the year, we plan on having at least one more symposium, our Walking Tour sometime in April, a Wine Event to increase possible new members and our Christmas Tour in December which is always a fun event.  Our largest event of the year is the PHC combining our Recognition Event and The Tunaman’s Ball in November.  Daniel A. Silva and Tiffany Ribeiro-Balelo, our very own young adult members, will be chairing this event, along with our Board of Director Committee scheduled in November. Look for all these upcoming dates and events such as The Tunaman’s Memorial Memorium and Mass March 11th honoring tuna-fishermen who have lost their lives to the sea, by visiting our website at:

I thank the PHC board in giving me the opportunity to come back to lead our organization once again. I hold the PHC very dear to my heart and hope to approach others to come on board and help me spread the word on the importance of our Center. I am happy to announce that this year we have 2 new Board of Directors Michelle Freitas and Gabriel Freitas, children of our Founder Basilio Freitas. I am so pleased to see that they are giving back to the community knowing how proud their father would be, seeing they have joined our board from his legacy. Again, I thank Zeca Rodrigues for a job well done, I wish you all a wonderful 2018 and know you will be part of our PHC events this year serving as a Board of Director.

Please spread the word and ask your friends and family to join The Portuguese Historical Center as a member and/or director and remember you need not be Portuguese.

Muito Obrigada,                                                                                                                                                                                Therese M. Garces, President