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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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    April 2018

    Fashion Redux Grand Reveal

    April 26, 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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    $10 - $25

    Local fashion designers from the Fashion Program at San Diego Mesa College are on hand for this annual finale party, "Fashion Redux Grand Reveal," highlighting their fashion creations. Celebrating 90 years of fashion history in San Diego, these student-created garments were inspired by the History Center's collections.

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    April 28, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    May 2018

    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    May 5, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am

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    One event on April 10, 2018 at 3:00pm

    One event on May 26, 2018 at 3:00pm

    One event on April 15, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 13, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 28, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on May 5, 2018 at 1:00pm

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    One event on May 22, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on May 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    Community Historian Program Presentation: Women in San Diego

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

    On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a Community Historian presentation at 1 pm in our Thornton Theater. This week's topic: Women in San Diego.

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    May 8, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    DIY History Series: Researching a House’s Hidden History

    May 12, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 9:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    $50 - $60

    Saturday, May 12 & Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 9:00 am — 12:30 pm Location: Research Archives at the San Diego History Center Tickets: $50 SDHC members; $60 general admission for two classes Have you been wondering if your house is potentially "historic?" This two-part, hands-on program will help you uncover a house's hidden history, utilizing the History Center and other sources as you follow along with your personal computer. We will help you answer questions like: How do I…

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    May 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    Art, Culture, and What We Wore: 90 Years of Fabric

    May 17, 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

    There is much more to the textiles we wear than simple print and design. Fabrics worn over the past 90 years carry with them a history woven out of the threads of art, culture, and world events.

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    May 19, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am

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    One event on April 28, 2018 at 11:00am

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    One event on May 22, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on May 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    Women Writing History: Preserving Latinx Community Histories

    May 19, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    $5

    Join us for "Women Writing History: Preserving Latinx Community History," a panel discussion and book-signing with three local authors working to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of previous generations—the people, neighborhoods, and spaces that contribute to San Diego’s rich layers of history.

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    May 22, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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    One event on May 5, 2018 at 1:00pm

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    One event on May 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    May 26, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am

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    One event on May 26, 2018 at 3:00pm

    One event on April 15, 2018 at 10:00am

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    One event on April 28, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on May 5, 2018 at 1:00pm

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    One event on May 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
    + Google Map

    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    May 27, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    One event on April 28, 2018 at 11:00am

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    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
    + Google Map

    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    May 29, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am

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    One event on April 28, 2018 at 11:00am

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    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

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    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    June 2018

    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    June 9, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on May 8, 2018 at 2:00pm

    One event on April 10, 2018 at 1:00pm

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    One event on April 10, 2018 at 3:00pm

    One event on May 26, 2018 at 3:00pm

    One event on April 15, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 13, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 28, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on May 5, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on May 19, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on May 22, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on May 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

    One event on June 9, 2018 at 11:00am

    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    Community Historian Program Presentation: San Diego City’s Favorite Park

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

    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.

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    DIY History Series: Researching a House’s Hidden History

    June 23, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 9:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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    $50 - $60

    Saturday, May 12 & Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 9:00 am — 12:30 pm Location: Research Archives at the San Diego History Center Tickets: $50 SDHC members; $60 general admission for two classes Have you been wondering if your house is potentially "historic?" This two-part, hands-on program will help you uncover a house's hidden history, utilizing the History Center and other sources as you follow along with your personal computer. We will help you answer questions like: How do I…

    Find out more »

    Fashion Redux Demonstrations

    June 23, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    One event on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am

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    One event on April 8, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on April 14, 2018 at 10:00am

    One event on May 27, 2018 at 11:00am

    San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
    San Diego, CA 92101 United States
    + Google Map

    L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift…

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    Zines: The New Print Vanguard Workshop

    June 30, 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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    $15 - $20

    Continuing the DIY spirit of the exhibition "Gaps in the Record: Vanguard Print Culture in San Diego," Margarat Nee & Kim Schwenk of Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go will host a zine workshop and discussion that encourages participants to respond to the objects and ideas in the exhibit.

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