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San Diego: California’s Cornerstone Lecture and Book Signing Event with author and historian, Dr. Iris Engstrand

“Spanning the eras of Spain, Mexico, and the United States, the history of San Diego—the eighth largest city in the nation—is intricate and colorful. No one knows its complexity and drama better than University of San Diego historian Iris Engstrand; and no one has written a better one-volume history of this important American city.” – Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Join the San Diego History Center and Sunbelt Publications for an evening that is sure to inspire affinity for the stories of San Diego’s history as told in an intimate setting through San Diego historian Dr. Engstrand.

As author of the de facto, “go-to-book” on San Diego’s history, she will recount San Diego’s history in a light, approachable format that will give what is being promoted as “the most complete and detailed 10,000-year history of any region that can be told in just over an hour.”

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and experiencing all of the History Center’s engaging exhibitions as well.

San Diego History Center
Tuesday, November 29, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free for SDHC members; $15 general admission

“San Diego: California’s Cornerstone” is sold out.

A waiting list has been started for anyone still interested in attending “San Diego: California’s Cornerstone” with author and historian Dr. Iris Engstrand. Between now and November 29, the San Diego History Center will take names and inform those on the list of any cancelations on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event. 

If you would like to be added to the wait list, please call (619) 232-6203 ext. 111 or email [email protected] with your name and phone number.



Dr. Engstrand’s academic honors include the University of San Diego’s distinguished University Professorship and the Davies Award for Faculty Achievement. She has also received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, American Philosophical Society and Huntington Library, and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the California Council for the Humanities.

Professor of History at the University of San Diego, received her BA, MA and PhD in history from the University of Southern California. She is the author of 25 books on various topics of San Diego and the Spanish exploration of the southwest.

Publisher Press Release “San Diego’s History just got Lengthier”


November 29, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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San Diego History Center
(619) 232-6203 ext. 111