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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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    November 2016
    $15

    San Diego: California’s Cornerstone Lecture and Book Signing Event with author and historian, Dr. Iris Engstrand

    November 29, 2016, 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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    <h2>Events</h2> “Spanning the eras of Spain, Mexico, and the United States, the history of San Diego—the eighth largest city in…

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    December 2016
    $15

    San Diego: California’s Cornerstone Lecture and Book Signing Event with author and historian, Dr. Iris Engstrand

    December 13, 2016, 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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    $5

    Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries, and Innovators

    December 14, 2016, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Authors Hannah Cohen and Gloria Harris document the diverse legacy of formidable female leaders from San Diego, including better known figures like Ellen Browning Scripps and Belle Benchley (the first female zoo director) to others like Luisa Moreno who established the United Fish Cannery Workers Union, and Bertha Pendleton the first female and first African American San Diego school superintendent.

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    January 2017
    $10 - $20

    Claremont Modern: The Convergence of Art + Architecture at Midcentury

    January 19, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    In conjunction with the exhibition Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country, the San Diego History Center hosts the San Diego premiere of a 90-minute documentary examining the vital relationship between art, design and architecture in Claremont, California in the years following War II.

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    February 2017
    $20 - $25

    Sexting + Studbooks: Mating and Dating Rituals of the Animal Kingdom

    February 9, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Come learn about animal sex and mating rituals at this fun, 21+ EVENT. Learn fascinating details about animal mating from a zoo reproductive physiologist!

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