In keeping with the History Center’s mission to promote the understanding and enjoyment of San Luis Obispo County history, the History Center began a new publishing initiative in 2015. Our first project was the restart of La Vista, a journal of San Luis Obispo County and Central Coast History.

La Vista Journal

La Vista was published quarterly from the late 1960s through the early 1980s and featured articles about the people and places of San Luis Obispo County’s past. The journal’s founding editor was Loren Nicholson, author, Cal Poly professor and one-time president of the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society (now the History Center). Other notable authors included Elliot Curry, editor of The Telegram Tribune from the 1940s through 1970s; Harold J. Miossi, environmental advocate, historian and philanthropist; Historical Society curator Louisiana Clayton Dart; local historian Constance Van Harreveld; and Dan Krieger, Cal Poly professor emeritus and author.

Call For Material

We are excited to announce open call for material submissions for the new edition of La Vista. Essays, articles, photo essays are all welcome submissions. Articles should seek to introduce, expand on or alter the current historical narrative of Central Coast history.

Articles should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words and follow the Chicago Manual of Style, however, shorter articles will also be considered. All published works are subject to editorial review. For those interested in taking part in the new edition of La Vista, please send electronic submissions in either text or PDF format to