Join us for a docent-led tour of LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs on Tuesday, September 25th at 11:30am.

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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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    September 2018

    LGBTQ+ SD: Docent-Led Tour

    September 25, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    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.

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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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    DIY History: Photo & Paper II

    October 16, 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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    $30

    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.

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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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    Your Community – Your Story

    October 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    City Heights/Weingart Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave,
    San Diego, CA 92105 United States
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    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.

    Find out more »
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