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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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    May 2017

    Franciscan Frontiersmen: How Three Adventurers Charted the West

    May 24, 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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    $5 - $10

    Drawing on the diaries and correspondence of three Franciscan friars, Pedro Font, Juan Crespí, and Francisco Garcés, as well as his own exhaustive field research, Robert A. Kittle weaves a seamless narrative detailing the friars’ striking accomplishments, beginning in Spain, encompassing the remote Sierra Gorda highlands of Mexico, and through the deserts of the American Southwest and coastal California. Each man’s journey played an important role in Spain’s eighteenth-century conquest of the Pacific coast, but today their names and deeds are little known.

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    June 2017

    Makers of San Diego History Gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

    June 10, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Dr
    San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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    $180

    On June 10th, 2017 the San Diego History Center will host our annual gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

    The San Diego History Center’s annual gala, The Makers of San Diego History, honors the institutions, communities, and people who have made history in their own time. This year we will be honoring the Jewish community in San Diego and celebrating their uniqueness and vast contributions to the place we all call home. Please join us for this festive evening with Master of Ceremonies, Dan Cohen, Morning Anchor, KFMB-TV, CBS8.

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    Insiders/Outsiders: Religious Discrimination in San Diego

    June 22, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    In conjunction with Celebrate San Diego! The History & Heritage of San Diego's Jewish Community, the San Diego History Center is hosting a panel discussion and public dialogue about religious discrimination in San Diego, past and present.

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    August 2017

    Mah-Jongg in the Museum

    August 5, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    Free with admission

    “Four Crak! Three Bam! Eight Dot! Mah-Jongg!” Since being imported to the U.S. from China in the 1920s, mah-jongg has been a favorite living room game among American Jews, offering a companionship, relaxation, and a way to raise money for worthy causes.

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    From Prairie Poverty to Princess of Publishing: Ellen Browning Scripps

    August 17, 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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    $5 - $10

    Join us for a lecture and book signing with USD history professor and author, Dr. Molly McClain on beloved San Diego philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps.

    McClain tells the remarkable story of Ellen Browning Scripps (1836–1932), an American newspaperwoman, feminist, suffragist, abolitionist, and social reformer who used her fortune to support women’s education, the labor movement, and public access to science, the arts, and education.

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