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.
For information about specific events, view the Calendar below.
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This introductory workshop for budding oral historians will discuss the importance of oral history and how to do it, how to select recording equipment, how to use SDHC archival resources, and how to transcribe and preserve interviews.Find out more »
History Center Collections staff will share their knowledge and experience on how to care for a variety of objects, from documents and photographs to painting and clothing, always with an eye toward preservation. Collections staff will show unique, one-of-a-kind objects from the History Center collection and discuss specific preservation methods that have been employed to extend the life of those objects. At the end of the program, there will be a question and answer session where participants can ask for specific feedback on how to care for their own items.Find out more »
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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.Find out more »
After nearly five decades as a distinguished professor of history at the University of San Diego, Dr. Iris Engstrand is retiring. Join us as the San Diego History Center pays tribute to her educational service through an intimate evening of conversation and recollection.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Third Annual Genealogy Day in collaboration with the San Diego Genealogical Society.Find out more »