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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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    January 2019

    Settling the Mission & Presidio

    January 8, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a presentation at 1:00 pm in our Thornton Theater.
    As the first permanent European settlement in Alta California, the founding of the mission and presidio in San Diego represents a major turning point in the history of the region.

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    Blood of the Band

    January 24, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
    $10

    Join us for our next program in the Nyaiwait Chiwayp / In Our Words: Kumeyaay series
    David Toler will present Blood of the Band, which relates a journey of a Kumeyaay-Ipai family from origin to present day.

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    February 2019

    Black History Month Family Day

    February 2, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
    Free

    Visit the San Diego History Center Saturday February 2nd from 11am-4pm for the second annual Black History Month Family Day, in partnership with Jack and Jill of America, North County. Enjoy a make and take activity that celebrates Black History.

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    Keepers of the Culture

    February 9, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
    Free

    In February 2018, the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) hosted at the San Diego History Center its first annual recognition of individual’s whose contributions have resulted in retaining and expanding the cultural expressions that are uniquely African American. This recognition has become exceedingly important during this time when we see the rich, and diverse array of aesthetics, expressions and styles inherent in African American culture continue to be limited or all together omitted by major institutions.

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    African-American Baseball in San Diego

    February 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States

    On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a presentation at 1:00 pm in our Thornton Theater.

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