George Marston (1850-1946) was known as "San Diego's First Citizen" for his contributions to the city, particularly the planning and development of Presidio Park, the Serra Museum, and Balboa Park. Marston was born in Wisconsin on October 22, 1850, and arrived in San Diego with his family in 1870. Eighteen years later, Marston opened his own high-quality department store known as Marston's. Through his regular travels to New York on buying trips for the store, Marston became interested in parks and urban planning. His interest in these areas eventually led to the creation of many of the parks that San Diegans enjoy to this day. Marston also founded the San Diego Historical Society in 1928, and his family home known as the Marston House is now a museum and historic landmark. Producer Peter Hamlin and historian Clare Crane discuss with their guests the personality, interests, and civic legacy of George Marston, leader in park development, urban planning, and the preservation of our history. Mary Marston and Elizabeth Bade share memories of their father, describing his love of music, literature, and ice-skating; Mary Marston describes his role in creating Presidio Park. Mercedes Bunn talks about Marston's department store, and the organization of the Marstonites. Hamilton Marston discusses his grandfather's business career and his role in sponsoring the Nolen Plan for San Diego. Rhoda Kruse describes Marston's participation in developing the San Diego Public Library. Zelma Locker recalls the dedication ceremonies for Presidio Park and the Serra Museum. O.W. Todd describes his friendship with Marston when they served on the YMCA Board of Directors. Lee Grissom discusses the Lynch-Appleyard report, sponsored by the Marston family, and its recommendations for San Diego's future planning. Names mentioned during the program include: John Nolen, Joseph Nash, Charles Hamilton, Louis J. Wilde, Julius Wangenheim, Samuel B. Parsons Jr., William Templeton Johnson, Sir Harry Lauder, Arthur Marston, Kevin Lynch and Irving J. Gill.