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.
For information about specific events, view the Calendar below.
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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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Part of our ongoing “DIY History Series,” this program is geared toward budding oral historians. This introductory workshop will discuss the importance of oral history and help you get started conducting your own oral histories. Selecting the right recording equipment and the process of transcription will also be covered.Find out more »
In partnership with the San Diego Union-Tribune and Pediment Publishing, the San Diego History Center is hosting a series of scanning sessions aimed at acquiring images to use in an upcoming publication titled: San Diego Memories: A Photographic History of the 1800s through the 1930s.
If you have photographs that meet these criteria, please bring them to one of our scanning sessions.