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.
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Michael Connolly Miskwish, M.A., and Theresa Gregor, Ph.D., will discuss how Spanish revivalism, a book called Ramona, and real estate speculators created a mythology that overwhelmed the State and consigned Kumeyaay to a footnote for 100 years.Find out more »
Join us for "Women Writing History: Preserving Latinx Community History," a panel discussion and book-signing with three local authors working to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of previous generations—the people, neighborhoods, and spaces that contribute to San Diego’s rich layers of history.Find out more »
Saturday, May 12 & Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 9:00 am — 12:30 pm Location: Research Archives at the San Diego History Center Tickets: $50 SDHC members; $60 general admission for two classes Have you been wondering if your house is potentially "historic?" This two-part, hands-on program will help you uncover a house's hidden history, utilizing the History Center and other sources as you follow along with your personal computer. We will help you answer questions like: How do I…Find out more »
L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…Find out more »
Poor isolated little San Diego was far from the battlefields of Europe where the “Great War” was being fought. However, that conflict did eventually have repercussions in San Diego, disrupting business and social life, but also giving rise to new technologies for the military. Linda will talk about the impact of having a major Army training base created on the outskirts of the city, the rise of the Navy, and how the community reacted to the influx of people. Find out how San Diego’s women’s clubs, churches, and high school students contributed to the war effort on the home front.Find out more »