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History Hub

Welcome to the History Hub at the San Diego History Center!

We’ve created the History Hub to keep you up to date on the San Diego History Center and our locations in historic Balboa Park and the Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park.

This is the place to find the latest information on our exhibitions, public and educational programming and interactive events.

This is the place where you can find our news releases, TV appearances, newspaper and magazine stories. When we make the News, you’ll find it here!

A Message to Our Community

Jun 20, 2020

At this time of great pain and uncertainty in our nation and community, we at the San Diego History Center believe that the past illuminates a path forward. We look to our history to learn and to create a future for our community that is respectful and equitable to Black people. We mourn the horrific […]

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George Ramsey – Legendary Black San Diegan Featured

Jun 20, 2020

Celebrating Juneteenth, Channel 10 reporter Leah Pezzetti interviewed SDHC Historian David Miller, Ph.D., reflecting on famous Black San Diegan, George Ramsey, who built, owned and operated the Hotel Douglas in Downtown – known as the Harlem of the West. This historic hotel became a safe and elegant place to visit during the 1920s and 1930s […]

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Did you know that Nathan Harrison is the most photographed San Diegan of his time?

Jun 19, 2020

San Diego State Professor and San Diego History Center Advisory Board Member Seth Mallios, Ph.D. shared the interesting story of how Harrison, San Diego County’s first African-American homesteader and a local legend, was able to overcome obstacles. An exhibit with the artifacts, interactive game, and a reconstructed cabin will open next spring at the San […]

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Temporary Museum Closures Starting March 16

Mar 13, 2020

Dear Friend of the San Diego History Center: For over 90 years, the San Diego History Center has been entrusted to preserve, reveal, promote and celebrate the history of our region – what makes San Diego unique! We diligently work and partner with key audiences to share the remarkable stories of our region with thousands […]

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African American life in San Diego!

Feb 13, 2020

Gathering San Diego’s African American historical documents and photos during our scanning event at the San Diego History Center February 2020. The scanning event will help the San Diego History Center better tell the story of African Americans living in San Diego. Watch the event video here 

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Celebrating Community on 10 News

Feb 07, 2020

The San Diego History Center’s recent scanning initiative was featured by ABC 10 News as part of their Celebrating Community series. Participants brought photographs and documents to be scanned and potentially added into the San Diego History Center archives. The entries will also be considered for an upcoming exhibition on African American history in San […]

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Rain Day? NBC 7 Suggests Checking Out the San Diego History Center

Feb 07, 2020

When it rains in San Diego, it’s a great excuse to go visit the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park! NBC 7 recommended the museums in Balboa Park, including the San Diego History Center, as a perfect rainy day activity. Both local San Diegians and visitors will love spending a grey afternoon exploring San […]

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Black History Month at the San Diego History Center on CBS 8

Feb 07, 2020

In recognition of Black History Month this February, SDSU Professor of Anthropology Seth Mallios and San Diego History Center’s own Wendy McKinney went onto CBS 8 to share how the community can help the effort to collect African American history. Wendy shared the our upcoming scanning event on February 8th is unique because it will […]

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SDHC Scanning Event in the San Diego Union Tribune

Feb 07, 2020

Karla Peterson from the San Diego Union Tribune encouraged the community to come out to the San Diego History Center on February 8th for our scanning event. She shares that these photographs and documents could become added to the SDHC’s historical archive. Karla spoke with our Chief Development Officer Wendy McKinney who explained that the […]

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