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Sin Diego: The Stingaree’s Transformation from Vice to Nice

November 13, 2018 at 1:00pm at the San Diego History Center
On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a presentation at 1:00 pm in our Thornton Theater.

Did you know San Diego had a “red light district?” Today this area is called the Gaslamp Quarter but back in the day, it was called The Stingaree, a place where all manner of vice and nefarious activity took place. Come to learn about how the once dusty, sleepy, under-populated community of “New Town” San Diego exploded into a center of commerce, immigration, and crime and how leaders at the time sought to clean the place up in a hurry before visitors from all over the world arrived for the Panama-California Exposition of 1915.

Based on our prior exhibition Sin Diego: The Stingaree’s Transformation from Vice to Nice, hear curator and marketing director Matthew Schiff delve into the depravity and wickedness that was the Stingaree and ask, how much has changed since then?


About the Free Tuesday Talk Series Come to the History Center on the second Tuesday of each month for a presentation about our shared history—both popular and obscure—and uncover something new! Join a monthly conversation about San Diego’s untold stories relevant to a changing community. Free Tuesday Talks are always free with Give Forward admission.


November 13, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States