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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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    Balboa Park December Nights

    December 7 - December 8

    December Nights is the heart of the holidays for San Diego families and friends. Featuring dazzling lights; dancers, choirs, and bands; incredible food; amazing attractions; and free admission, December Nights is a treasured tradition that kicks off the holiday season for young and old alike.

    On the Home Front: San Diego 1914-1918

    December 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Poor isolated little San Diego was far from the battlefields of Europe where the “Great War” was being fought. However, that conflict did eventually have repercussions in San Diego, disrupting business and social life, but also giving rise to new technologies for the military. Linda will talk about the impact of having a major Army training base created on the outskirts of the city, the rise of the Navy, and how the community reacted to the influx of people. Find out how San Diego’s women’s clubs, churches, and high school students contributed to the war effort on the home front.

    Opening Reception: Bob Matheny: Almost Anonymous

    December 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Bob Matheny: Almost Anonymous Opening Reception

    Makers of San Diego History 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Makers of San Diego History 2019
    Saturday, March 23, 2019
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