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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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    December 2018

    On the Home Front: San Diego 1914-1918

    December 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    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.

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    Opening Reception: Bob Matheny: Almost Anonymous

    December 15, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    Bob Matheny: Almost Anonymous Opening Reception

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    Let There Be Light: Celebrating Winter Holidays

    December 30, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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    One event on December 30, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    Enjoy different make & take activities each day that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yaldā Night & Christmas.

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    January 2019

    Settling the Mission & Presidio

    January 8, 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.
    As the first permanent European settlement in Alta California, the founding of the mission and presidio in San Diego represents a major turning point in the history of the region.

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    LGBTQ+ SD: Docent-Led Tour

    January 18, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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    One event on January 19, 2019 at 12:30pm

    One event on January 22, 2019 at 11:30am

    One event on January 12, 2019 at 2:30pm

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Join us for a docent-led tour of LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs

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