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.


Pick a Topic

See below for existing topic descriptions.

We are not limited to these! If you have a specific topic in mind for your function, please contact us to discuss options.

Submit a Program Request

Submit a Program Request at least two weeks before your preferred presentation date. Not all presentation topics are available on all dates.

The tuition fee is $150. In the interest of broadly serving all San Diego County residents, tuition assistance is available for those who need it.

Presentations are typically 1 hour.

For questions or more information:

Community Historians can also be seen on Residents’ Free Tuesdays!
On the second Tuesday of each month, watch a Community Historian presentation at 1:00 pm in our Thornton Theater. Each lecture is free with Give Forward admission.