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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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    August 2018

    Gregory Hinton: Out West with Buffalo Bill

    August 23, 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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    $15

    Many rural western born gay men and women leave the communities which raised
    them behind for the coastal cities of the Golden State seeking community, companionship and
    security. Gregory Hinton, California-based author, historian and lecturer, offers an overview of
    Out West, his acclaimed national museum program series, inspired by his longing to come home
    to the rural mountain West of his youth as who he is, and how William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody led
    the way.

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    September 2018

    Trans in San Diego: Where are we now? Where are we headed?

    September 20, 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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    $10

    join Connor Maddocks as he moderates an important community conversation with local experts that explores how far the trans community has come, and what remains to be done.

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    October 2018

    When Punk Hit San Diego

    October 9, 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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    Learn about Margarat Nees effort to archive San Diegos punk music subculture of the 1970s and 80s and get a look at the creative output that came along with the music. Nicknamed “Slow Death” by bored kids, San Diego quickly developed a unique version of this new DIY ethic through the intersections of military, beach, and border youth cultures.

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    Battling Hate/Building Understanding: Forum on Hate Crimes

    October 9, 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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    Join a hate crimes expert from the FBI and other law enforcement as they discuss local and national trends and speak on their findings. Learn how to recognize and report hate crimes, and about the supportive services available for hate crime victims.

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    Lessons from the Past: Archaeological Insights on the Interaction of the Kumeyaay People with their Environment

    October 18, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    $10

    In celebration of California Archaeology Month, join us for a special presentation by Aaron Sasson, PhD, San Diego Zooarchaeology Laboratory San Diego Natural History Museum, as he presents an analysis of broad spectrum diets and sustainability at prehistoric Kumeyaay village sites.

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