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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:00 pm

Location: Thornton Theater, San Diego History Center
Tickets: Free with Give Forward admission
Presenter: Sarah Matteson

Community Historians are trained volunteers and staff who bring their passion for San Diego history to your community meetings and organizations through informative talks. Our speakers can introduce visitors and tourists to San Diego history or else dive deep into the details of a unique San Diego topic.

Program presentations are illustrated with historic photos and documents from our Research Archives.

On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a Community Historian presentation at 1 pm in our Thornton Theater. Each lecture is free with “Give Forward” admission.

This week’s topic:

Settling the San Diego Mission and PresidioAs the first permanent European settlement in Alta California, the founding of the mission and presidio in San Diego was a major turning point in the history of the region. Mission San Diego de Alcalá and Presidio de San Diego were the products of an expanding Spanish empire that would bring new people to the region; alter the Native cultures; and introduce new foods, animals, and technology.


April 10, 2018, 1:00 pm
Presented by Barry Goldlust

San Diego – It’s All About DiversityThis presentation takes an overview look at San Diego’s history, focusing particularly on the people living here. It begins by looking at the region’s original inhabitants and tracks the changes made by the arrival of the Spanish, the change to the Mexican government, and eventual American control. The presentation also looks at the significant migratory waves that brought new people to the region and the governmental policies and attitudes that shaped these new communities.

May 8, 2018, 1:00 pm
Presented by Sarah Matteson

Women in San DiegoToo often ignored in history, this presentation highlights the women of San Diego. We will look at women through the years to understand what roles they have played in shaping the community and explore their perspectives on the events they lived through.

June 12, 2018, 1:00 pm
Presented by Samantha Alberts

San Diego City’s Favorite ParkSet aside as City Park in 1868, today’s Balboa Park has undergone a multitude of changes in its 150 years. Once a series of barren mesas, the park now boasts several well-known gardens and museums. Learn how the park has evolved in this presentation, and discover some of its less famous uses.

July 10, 2018, 1:00 pm
Presented by a guest speaker: More information will be released closer to the event date.

August 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
Presented by a guest speaker: More information will be released closer to the event date.


March 13, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free with admission
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San Diego History Center
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San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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