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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.

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    June 2018

    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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    DIY History Series: Researching a House’s Hidden History

    June 23, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 9:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    $50 – $60

    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…

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    June 23, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on May 8, 2018 at 2:00pm

    One event on April 10, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on April 24, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on April 10, 2018 at 3:00pm

    One event on May 26, 2018 at 3:00pm

    One event on April 15, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 13, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 28, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on May 5, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on May 19, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on May 22, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on May 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

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

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    Guided Tour of Junípero Serra Museum & Presidio Hill

    June 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    One event on June 24, 2018 at 11:00am

    Junípero Serra Museum, 2727 Presidio Drive
    San Diego, CA 92103 United States
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    The Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park is hosting a one hour, docent-led tour highlighting the many inhabitants of its location over time and the importance of their relationship to San Diego’s namesake river. Tours are included with donation-based Give Forward admission. Tours meet inside the Junípero Serra Museum’s main entrance. A portion of this tour is conducted outdoors over varied terrain. Appropriate footwear is recommended. Please note: The Serra Museum is not ADA-accessible. Junípero Serra Museum Address: 2727 Presidio…

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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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