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.
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.Find out more »
The San Diego History Center, located in the heart of Balboa Park, is seeking your help in the creation of a new permanent exhibit that celebrates what makes San Diego unique. We want this exhibit to promote a dialogue for the future of the
region by showing how the past shapes the present. Come and share what is important to you about the history of your community.
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.Find out more »
art of our ongoing “DIY History Series” this program is aimed at those who are tasked with preserving historical photographs and documents for institutions like museums, historical societies, other cultural institutions, or companies, rather than personal family memorabilia. We will explore ways to organize, number, house, and to digitize photographs and documents according to recognized standards.Find out more »
Lessons from the Past: Archaeological Insights on the Interaction of the Kumeyaay People with their Environment
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.Find out more »