The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego is moving to Balboa Park, where it will have an office and a small gallery at the San Diego History Center.

“Our organization has always been a historical society without a permanent exhibition space,” said Linda Canada, the president of the all-volunteer organization. “We’ve done exhibits all over the county and even in Arizona, but we’d like to have a place we can call home and let the public know about what we do.

“Obviously, Balboa Park is a kind of premiere place to do that.”

The 20-year-old, 700 member, all-volunteer society has a mission of recognizing “the contributions Japanese Americans have made to the San Diego region by preserving and making available artifacts, photographs, and other information chronicling their history and experiences.”

The society routinely lends items from its extensive collection (previously housed in Kearny Mesa) to other institutions. Some of its artifacts are currently on view in “TUNA! Celebrating San Diego’s Famous Fishing Industry” at the History Center (through Dec. 31) and “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land, Japanese Americans in Chula Vista” at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum (through June 30).

“What we have is a typical museum collection,” Canada said. “It just happens to be focused on Japanese Americans.”

Canada said the society expects to mount exhibitions in a dedicated, small exhibit space at the History Center that would tie into the main themes of the center’s primary shows. But it also expects to collaborate with other Balboa Park organizations. It has already worked with the Old Globe in an exhibition that ran with the theater’s recent production of “Allegiance — A New American Musical.”

“There’s also the Mingei, the Japanese Friendship Garden, and the San Diego Museum of Art (which has an extensive Asian art collection),” said Canada. “We’re looking forward to doing things with other organizations in the park.”