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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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    June 2018

    “Gaps in the Record” Opening Reception

    June 1, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    The San Diego History Center invites you to the opening reception for Gaps in the Record: Vanguard Print Culture in San Diego, the first exhibition to explore the convergence of visual art and the written word in mid-century San Diego.

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    Community Historian Program Presentation: San Diego City’s Favorite Park

    June 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Free with admission

    On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a Community Historian presentation at 1 pm in our Thornton Theater. This week's topic: San Diego City’s Favorite Park.

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    The Research Archive and Photo Department will be CLOSED on Friday June 15, 2018

    June 15, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    The Research Archive and Photo Department will be closed on Friday June 15, 2018 for staff professional development and project curation. We will return to regular hours next week.

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    July 2018

    San Diego Drag Racing and the Bean Bandits

    July 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Free

    Join us for a lecture and book-signing with local authors Emmanuel Burgin, Colleen O'Connor and Susan Wachowiak, whose book San Diego Drag Racing and the Bean Bandits, relays this story through photographs garnered from private, personal, and historical collections, the 1950s pioneering exploits of Bean Bandits’ leader, Joaquin Arnett, and his contributions to that racing history come to life.

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    DIY History Series: Oral History Workshop

    July 28, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    $20

    Part of our ongoing “DIY History Series,” this program is geared toward budding oral historians. This introductory workshop will discuss the importance of oral history and help you get started conducting your own oral histories. Selecting the right recording equipment and the process of transcription will also be covered.

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