Six Degrees of Kevin “Turkey” Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin “Turkey” Bacon

History Blog You’ve likely heard of the popular game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon[1] based on a real social theory suggesting that any two people in the world are linked by six or fewer acquaintances. The theory was first proposed in 1929 by Frigyes Karinthy[2], a...
Grave Matters: From Graveyards to Memorial Parks

Grave Matters: From Graveyards to Memorial Parks

History Blog What is the difference between a graveyard, cemetery, memorial park, and mausoleum? For the San Diego History Center’s third and last installment of “Grave Matters: San Diego’s Relationship with Death,” we explore these differences...
Grave Matters: Items of Remembrance

Grave Matters: Items of Remembrance

History Blog (left) Locket (with brown hair inside) made of glass and brass. Used as mourning jewelry in the late 1800s. SDHC #1900.56.44. (right) Watch Fob, c. 1899. Made for donor’s grandfather in Raton, NM, from the hair of Peg Preston Forester (donor’s mother),...
Grave Matters: History Lies Beneath Our Feet!

Grave Matters: History Lies Beneath Our Feet!

History Blog San Diego’s parks and open spaces abound with history underground! Did you know that Henry Fitch, an early American sea captain and trader; Yankee Jim Robinson, a convicted boat thief;  and Father Antonio Ubach,  former religious leader for the Mission...