Community Programs

Oral History Program

Oral History Project

The oral history program of the San Diego History Center provides another vital source of local history. Eyewitness accounts of people, events, conditions or lifestyles, furnish fascinating and valuable primary sources for the researcher. The oral history collection of the Research Archives contains over 1500 taped and transcribed interviews.

Are you interested in sharing your story or nominating a friend or loved one for the History Center's Oral History Program?  Let us know by submitting an Expression of Interest form.

Speaker's BureauAstonishing stories, intriguing facts, informative quotes, and humorous accounts of San Diego's past!
San Diego History Center's Speaker's Bureau is a public program that brings history to you.  Speakers will come to your place of preference and wow the audience of your choice with interesting and informative discussions.
Choose from a range of topics that would fascinate and engage the historical aficionado and the midly curious alike. 

Balboa Park StrollEver wonder how Balboa Park was named?  What structures stood in various locations in 1915?  Who were some of the individuals who helped shape the landscape and built environment, and what did they originally envision it to look like? Were the buildings in the Park today, copies or interpretations of real structures in other parts of the world?  What elements changed to prepare the Park for the 2nd Exposition in 1935?  
Learn these trivia tidbits and more on this one hour walking tour along the Park's main street, with offshoots to locales with forgotten stories to reveal.  Specially trained History Center guides lead this easy paced stroll through the Park revealing many of the intriguing aspects of its past, its endearing present, and exciting future. 

For more information or to book a program, please contact our Public Programs Manager at 619-232-6203, ext. 129.