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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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September 2017

San Diego Jews, World War I, and the Growth of Local Benevolence

September 7, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$5 - $10

This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. In commemoration of that and as part of the program series related to Celebrate San Diego! The History & Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community, the San Diego History Center is hosting a public lecture by Laurel Schwartz of the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego on the impact of WWI on San Diego’s Jewish community.

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Building to the Next Level: Forum for Local History Groups

September 23, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$15

A special morning for all area historical societies! This program will feature vital topics for developing your organization.

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Member Morning

September 30, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Free

Join us for an intimate introduction to the San Diego History Center including a tour of our galleries and our collections, as well as an additional discount in our museum store for the day. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a continental breakfast and meet fellow History Center members and enthusiasts.

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October 2017

Plastic Mobility: The Challenge of Preserving Modern Materials and Assemblies

October 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on October 11, 2017 at 13:30:00

San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Free - $15

Archtoberfest is a month-long celebration of all things architecture, design, planning and sustainability in San Diego. Join us for a special lecture by noted preservation architect Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, who presently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

The Futuro house, built in 1969 out of plastic, and once housed behind the Design Center in San Diego, reflects the optimism during the exciting era of space exploration when people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. From Disneyland’s 1959 Monsanto House of the Future, to Japan’s 1963 Sekisui Cabin, to Matti Suuronen's 1969 Futuro house and finally to Elbert Speidel’s modular 1972 Poly-Pods, these projects epitomize Space Age style, a period of optimistic, futuristic aesthetics when earthbound designers of plastics let their creative spirits soar into orbit – and we gladly went along for the ride.

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Plastic Mobility: The Challenge of Preserving Modern Materials and Assemblies

October 11, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on October 11, 2017 at 13:30:00

San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Free - $15

Archtoberfest is a month-long celebration of all things architecture, design, planning and sustainability in San Diego. Join us for a special lecture by noted preservation architect Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, who presently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

The Futuro house, built in 1969 out of plastic, and once housed behind the Design Center in San Diego, reflects the optimism during the exciting era of space exploration when people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. From Disneyland’s 1959 Monsanto House of the Future, to Japan’s 1963 Sekisui Cabin, to Matti Suuronen's 1969 Futuro house and finally to Elbert Speidel’s modular 1972 Poly-Pods, these projects epitomize Space Age style, a period of optimistic, futuristic aesthetics when earthbound designers of plastics let their creative spirits soar into orbit – and we gladly went along for the ride.

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Preserving Your Family History Series: Genealogy Day

October 21, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$15 - $25

Third Annual Genealogy Day in collaboration with the San Diego Genealogical Society.

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