Six Degrees of Kevin “Turkey” Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin “Turkey” Bacon

History Blog You’ve likely heard of the popular game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon[1] based on a real social theory suggesting that any two people in the world are linked by six or fewer acquaintances. The theory was first proposed in 1929 by Frigyes Karinthy[2], a...
Grave Matters: From Graveyards to Memorial Parks

Grave Matters: From Graveyards to Memorial Parks

History Blog What is the difference between a graveyard, cemetery, memorial park, and mausoleum? For the San Diego History Center’s third and last installment of “Grave Matters: San Diego’s Relationship with Death,” we explore these differences...
Grave Matters: Items of Remembrance

Grave Matters: Items of Remembrance

History Blog (left) Locket (with brown hair inside) made of glass and brass. Used as mourning jewelry in the late 1800s. SDHC #1900.56.44. (right) Watch Fob, c. 1899. Made for donor’s grandfather in Raton, NM, from the hair of Peg Preston Forester (donor’s mother),...
Grave Matters: History Lies Beneath Our Feet!

Grave Matters: History Lies Beneath Our Feet!

History Blog San Diego’s parks and open spaces abound with history underground! Did you know that Henry Fitch, an early American sea captain and trader; Yankee Jim Robinson, a convicted boat thief;  and Father Antonio Ubach,  former religious leader for the Mission...
Welcome to the San Diego History Center Blog

Welcome to the San Diego History Center Blog

History Blog Welcome to the History Center’s new blog! Posts will explore topics relevant to San Diego’s past, present, and future. Each week, discover new stories about our community mined from our vast object, document, and photo collections. This October, join us...