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San Diego History Center

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September 2017

Member Morning

September 30, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Junípero Serra Museum, 2727 Presidio Drive
San Diego, CA 92103 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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Annual Member Meeting

October 25, 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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Join us for this year’s Annual Member Meeting and Open House! See the recently opened exhibitions, Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country and Animal Aesthetics: Decades of Design at the San Diego Zoo. Explore hands-on activities from our curiosity carts and learn about the unique items in our collections as staff answer questions about our Inside Out exhibit. Hear from Board President Tom Fetter and Executive Director Bill Lawrence as they share San Diego History Center highlights from the past year and future projections. Light refreshments will be served.

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