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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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    September 2017

    San Diego Jews, World War I, and the Growth of Local Benevolence

    September 7, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    $5 - $10

    This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. In commemoration of that and as part of the program series related to Celebrate San Diego! The History & Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community, the San Diego History Center is hosting a public lecture by Laurel Schwartz of the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego on the impact of WWI on San Diego’s Jewish community.

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    Building to the Next Level: Forum for Local History Groups

    September 23, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    $15

    A special morning for all area historical societies! This program will feature vital topics for developing your organization.

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    Member Morning

    September 30, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Junípero Serra Museum, 2727 Presidio Drive
    San Diego, CA 92103 United States
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    Free

    Join us for an intimate introduction to the San Diego History Center including a tour of our galleries and our collections, as well as an additional discount in our museum store for the day. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a continental breakfast and meet fellow History Center members and enthusiasts.

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    October 2017

    Plastic Mobility: The Challenge of Preserving Modern Materials and Assemblies

    October 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    One event on October 11, 2017 at 13:30:00

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Free - $15

    Archtoberfest is a month-long celebration of all things architecture, design, planning and sustainability in San Diego. Join us for a special lecture by noted preservation architect Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, who presently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

    The Futuro house, built in 1969 out of plastic, and once housed behind the Design Center in San Diego, reflects the optimism during the exciting era of space exploration when people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. From Disneyland’s 1959 Monsanto House of the Future, to Japan’s 1963 Sekisui Cabin, to Matti Suuronen's 1969 Futuro house and finally to Elbert Speidel’s modular 1972 Poly-Pods, these projects epitomize Space Age style, a period of optimistic, futuristic aesthetics when earthbound designers of plastics let their creative spirits soar into orbit – and we gladly went along for the ride.

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    Plastic Mobility: The Challenge of Preserving Modern Materials and Assemblies

    October 11, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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    One event on October 11, 2017 at 13:30:00

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Free - $15

    Archtoberfest is a month-long celebration of all things architecture, design, planning and sustainability in San Diego. Join us for a special lecture by noted preservation architect Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, who presently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

    The Futuro house, built in 1969 out of plastic, and once housed behind the Design Center in San Diego, reflects the optimism during the exciting era of space exploration when people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. From Disneyland’s 1959 Monsanto House of the Future, to Japan’s 1963 Sekisui Cabin, to Matti Suuronen's 1969 Futuro house and finally to Elbert Speidel’s modular 1972 Poly-Pods, these projects epitomize Space Age style, a period of optimistic, futuristic aesthetics when earthbound designers of plastics let their creative spirits soar into orbit – and we gladly went along for the ride.

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