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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 2017

    Let There Be Light: Celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

    December 17, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Come Celebrate Brilliant Holiday Traditions at the San Diego History Center! Hands-On Activities: Make-and-Take Dreidel: Make your own dreidel Make-and-Take Mkeka Mat: Make your own mkeka mat using construction paper Make-and-Take Kwanzaa Jewelry: Make your own necklace or bracelets in traditional Kwanzaa colors   Performers: Rev. Alyce Smith-Cooper is known as an African-American Ancestral storyteller and actor who is a storyteller in residence at Rady's Children's Hospital and Wild Animal Park's Heart of Africa. She will incorporate the meaning of…

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    January 2018

    Community Historian Program Presentation: Dam the Water and Pray for Rain

    January 9, 2018, 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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    On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a Community Historian presentation at 1 pm in our Thornton Theater. This week's topic: San Diego History to 1915.

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    Butterfly Project

    January 28, 2018, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    NOT The Last Butterfly - Film Screening and Art Creation with The Butterfly Project Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1:30 – 4:00 pm Location: San Diego History Center Tickets: $5; includes two (2) ceramic butterflies and one film screening In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) and in conjunction with SDHC’s exhibition on the history & heritage of San Diego’s Jewish community, join us for a powerful call to action through the arts, using the lessons of the Holocaust, to discuss…

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    February 2018

    Community Historian Program Presentation: San Diego History 1900-1985

    February 13, 2018, 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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    On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a Community Historian presentation at 1 pm in our Thornton Theater. This week's topic: San Diego History to 1915.

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