Maria Garcia is an educator, Chicana activist, retired elementary school principal, and historian. Her Neighborhood House series began with interviews that she completed in the early 70s. The first person accounts about Neighborhood House and life in Logan Heights and Barrio Logan formed the basis of Garcia’s extensive paper on Chicano history in San Diego. Neighborhood House provided a broad array of services to Logan Heights residents that included everything from a communal oven to hot showers; from home health care and child care to tonsillectomies on site (with recovery in the auditorium) and athletic programs and ESL classes. The collection of the stories of ordinary people formed the basis of her weekly column, "The History of Neighborhood House in Logan Heights." The series launched on Cinco de Mayo, 2014 and provides a richly detailed glimpse into life in the predominately Mexican American, working-class community of Logan Heights. It is for these reasons that she is being inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame as a Cultural Guardian/Historian.
16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.