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  • The San Diego History Center hosts dozens of public programs and special events every year. Our popular adult programs include walking tours, lectures, exhibition receptions, curators’ talks, happy hours, fashion events, multi-media presentations, films, musical presentations, symposia and collaborative events with other cultural and educational institutions. We also offer family-themed programs such as readings and workshops, and we participate in Balboa Park-wide events such as Family Days and holiday celebrations.

    Programs are offered at both the History Center in Balboa Park and the Serra Museum in Presidio Park.

    For information about specific events, view the Calendar below.

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    August 2017

    Mah-Jongg in the Museum

    August 5, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Free with admission

    “Four Crak! Three Bam! Eight Dot! Mah-Jongg!” Since being imported to the U.S. from China in the 1920s, mah-jongg has been a favorite living room game among American Jews, offering a companionship, relaxation, and a way to raise money for worthy causes.

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    January 2018

    Butterfly Project

    January 28, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    NOT The Last Butterfly - Film Screening and Art Creation with The Butterfly Project Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1:30 – 4:00 pm Location: San Diego History Center Tickets: $5; includes two (2) ceramic butterflies and one film screening In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) and in conjunction with SDHC’s exhibition on the history & heritage of San Diego’s Jewish community, join us for a powerful call to action through the arts, using the lessons of the Holocaust, to discuss…

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    November 2018

    Blue Sky, White Stars Family Day

    November 3, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Visit SDHC Saturday Nov 3rd from 2-4pm for Blue Sky White Stars Family Day. You will enjoy art and activities around themes like symbolism, immigration, and identity. Best of all, see the original 27 paintings by Kadir Nelson from the One Book, One San Diego 2018 Kid's selection "Blue Sky, White Stars" currently on display at SDHC. Free activities with Give Forward admission.

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    Sin Diego: The Stingaree’s Transformation From Vice to Nice

    November 13, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a presentation at 1:00 pm in our Thornton Theater.
    Based on our prior exhibition Sin Diego: The Stingaree’s Transformation from Vice to Nice, hear curator and marketing director Matthew Schiff delve into the depravity and wickedness that was the Stingaree and ask, how much has changed since then?

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    December 2018

    Balboa Park December Nights

    December 7 - December 8
    Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    December Nights is the heart of the holidays for San Diego families and friends. Featuring dazzling lights; dancers, choirs, and bands; incredible food; amazing attractions; and free admission, December Nights is a treasured tradition that kicks off the holiday season for young and old alike.

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