The Machado y Silvas Museum in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is proud to present a temporary exhibit dedicated to Juana Machado Alipas de Wrightington, a remarkable historical figure who is celebrated as the Florence Nightingale of Old Town San Diego. The exhibit is open daily from 10am to 5pm throughout the month of March.
Juana Machado was born on March 8, 1814, at the San Diego Presidio, and her long life spanned the Spanish, Mexican, and American periods. Juana is remembered for dedicating her life to serving the people of San Diego, utilizing her skills in traditional and modern medicine. While renting out a room to Dr. McKinstry, Juana assisted him as a nurse, and she aided Father Ubach as a “partara” (midwife) throughout the county. As a “partara,” she not only helped with deliveries but also served as a godmother, foster mother, trilingual translator, and even gave last rites when needed.
Juana’s good nature and compassion are legendary, and stories of her selflessness are never-ending. She spent her entire life in San Diego, serving her community and becoming a respected and beloved figure. She passed away in Coronado on December 24, 1901, and is buried at Calvary Cemetery (Pioneer Park).
The temporary exhibit at the Machado y Silvas Museum is a tribute to Juana Machado’s life and legacy. It features artifacts, documents, and photographs that provide insight into her remarkable life and achievements. Visitors can learn about Juana’s skills in traditional and modern medicine, her contributions to the community as a “partara” and nurse, and her unwavering compassion for the people of San Diego.
The exhibit also highlights Juana’s lasting impact on the community, and how her legacy continues to inspire generations. Juana Machado Alipas de Wrightington is a true hero of San Diego, and her life story is an inspiration to all who visit the exhibit.
The Machado y Silvas Museum is located in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, a vibrant and historic neighborhood that offers visitors a glimpse into San Diego’s past. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and admission is free. Visitors can explore the museum’s permanent exhibits, which include artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of San Diego’s early history.
The temporary exhibit dedicated to Juana Machado at the Machado y Silvas Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in San Diego’s history. Juana’s life is a testament to the strength, compassion, and resilience of women, and her contributions to San Diego’s development are still felt today. The exhibit is open daily throughout the month of March, and visitors are encouraged to stop by and learn more about this remarkable woman.
Dates – March 1 – March 31, 2023
Hours – Daily, 10am-5pm
Phone – (619) 220-5422
Address – 2767 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
Website – parks.ca.gov/?page_id=663