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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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 City’s Favorite Park.Find out more »
The Research Archive and Photo Department will be closed on Friday June 15, 2018 for staff professional development and project curation. We will return to regular hours next week.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 »
Many rural western born gay men and women leave the communities which raised
them behind for the coastal cities of the Golden State seeking community, companionship and
security. Gregory Hinton, California-based author, historian and lecturer, offers an overview of
Out West, his acclaimed national museum program series, inspired by his longing to come home
to the rural mountain West of his youth as who he is, and how William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody led