San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center San Diego History Center (SDHC) is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated.
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San Diego History Center (SDHC) is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated. San Diego History Center encourages fans to leave comments, videos, photos, and links on this page. However, admins reserve the right to remove content that is construed to be inappropriate and/or offensive. This includes, but is not limited to, content that is considered to be defamation, harassment, spam, or unauthorized proprietary solicitations. This page is not a venue to promote other pages or causes. Posts that contain incorrect or misleading project information will be deleted. Users who repeatedly violate this policy may be banned from the page.

Hurry Up: I'm Not Like You - Notes from the San Diego Underground ends on March 22.  Come see it before it's gone.
02/19/2020

Hurry Up: I'm Not Like You - Notes from the San Diego Underground ends on March 22. Come see it before it's gone.

Gathering San Diego’s African American historical documents & photos during our scanning event this month. 📸The scanning...
02/18/2020
African American life in San Diego! - San Diego History Center | San Diego, CA | Our City, Our Story

Gathering San Diego’s African American historical documents & photos during our scanning event this month. 📸The scanning event will help us better tell the story of African Americans in San Diego. Watch the full video from the event on our blog:
https://sandiegohistory.org/africanamericanlifeinsd/

The San Diego History Center tells the diverse story of our region – past, present and future – educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride.

Happy Presidents Day San Diego! Pictured: Dwight D. Eisenhower on Broadway in the Ticker Tape Parade, 1960. #PresidentsD...
02/17/2020

Happy Presidents Day San Diego! Pictured: Dwight D. Eisenhower on Broadway in the Ticker Tape Parade, 1960. #PresidentsDay

Happy Valentine's Day history buffs. Enjoy this image of flowers being given on this day in 1972. ❤️💐💝 #onthisday #valen...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day history buffs. Enjoy this image of flowers being given on this day in 1972. ❤️💐💝 #onthisday #valentinesday

02/13/2020
San Diego African American history.

The San Diego History Center gathers historical documents and photos from the African American community. We want to learn and tell the history of all communities in San Diego. The items may be part of the Nathan Harrison exhibits at the SD History Center Spring 2020.

02/12/2020

A full house at Free Tuesday Talk at SD History Center about San Diego's African American history with Yvette Porter Moore. Also pictured: the great Leon Williams, Makena Hayes Gargonnu, Jackie Martin and others in attendance.

San Diego is one of California's most unique shopping destinations. Travel & Leisure tell us where to browse in their re...
02/12/2020
San Diego Is One of the Most Unique Shopping Destinations in California — Here's Where to Browse

San Diego is one of California's most unique shopping destinations. Travel & Leisure tell us where to browse in their recent piece (hint: we maaayyy be mentioned in here 😉) Take a look: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/where-to-shop-in-san-diego

San Diego shopping includes unique art, local tea, stylish swimsuits, and more. Here are all the best shops to browse.

Interested in becoming a member of the San Diego History Center? Find out all you need to know right here: http://ow.ly/...
02/11/2020

Interested in becoming a member of the San Diego History Center? Find out all you need to know right here: http://ow.ly/WxHi50xXuii

It's not ALWAYS sunny in San Diego 🌧️... on those rare rainy days (like today), here's a list of things to do courtesy o...
02/10/2020
Things to Do When it Rains in San Diego

It's not ALWAYS sunny in San Diego 🌧️... on those rare rainy days (like today), here's a list of things to do courtesy of NBC San Diego - - hint hint, we're on the list 😉http://ow.ly/mFUV50y2BwX

Believe it or not, it’s not always sunny in San Diego. On those rare instances when it rains in America’s Finest City, locals and visitors may find themselves at a loss on what to do for fun. After all, what’s a day without the beach? Here’s a round-up of activities you can enjoy in San Dieg...

As posted in SDNews: Keepers of the Culture is a celebration of Black Heritage & those who have dedicated themselves to ...
02/08/2020

As posted in SDNews: Keepers of the Culture is a celebration of Black Heritage & those who have dedicated themselves to making sure African American culture continues to have a meaningful presence in San Diego. Read more about the event today: http://ow.ly/bYIz50ygIDT

LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs reopens next week on February 10th! Don't miss it! 🌈
02/05/2020

LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs reopens next week on February 10th! Don't miss it! 🌈

Don't miss the 3rd Annual Keepers of the Culture - a celebration of Black Heritage & those who have dedicated themselves...
02/03/2020
Keepers of the Culture | Bring Your own Story - San Diego History Center | San Diego, CA | Our City, Our Story

Don't miss the 3rd Annual Keepers of the Culture - a celebration of Black Heritage & those who have dedicated themselves to ensuring African American culture continues to have a meaningful presence in San Diego. Learn more & RSVP for the Feb 8 event🗓️ http://ow.ly/EiOc50yajfD

The San Diego History Center tells the diverse story of our region – past, present and future – educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride.

Have you seen I'm Not Like You - Notes from the San Diego Underground yet? If not, come visit us soon before it leaves o...
01/31/2020

Have you seen I'm Not Like You - Notes from the San Diego Underground yet? If not, come visit us soon before it leaves on March 22.

Last week, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was taken down from where it has hung at the San Diego History Center to return to it...
01/30/2020

Last week, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was taken down from where it has hung at the San Diego History Center to return to its home with the Names Project in San Francisco. Watch the video and see what volunteers had to say: http://ow.ly/BzxX50y8qpB

Update: The San Diego History Center is thrilled to announce that LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs has ...
01/29/2020

Update: The San Diego History Center is thrilled to announce that LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs has been extended! The exhibition will reopen on February 10th. 🏳️‍🌈

The San Diego History Center is encouraging the public to submit  photos and documents on February 8 to have them scanne...
01/27/2020
History Center Seeks Photos, Documents On African American Life In San Diego

The San Diego History Center is encouraging the public to submit photos and documents on February 8 to have them scanned in a major effort to preserve San Diego's African American history.

Learn more on KPBS News http://ow.ly/TWXe50xXt7W

San Diego History Center is partnering with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art to scan historical photos and documents of African American history in San Diego dating back to the 1850s. The History Center bought a special scanner to get the job done.

New Exhibition Coming This Spring to the San Diego History Center: Nathan Harrison - Born a Slave, Died a San Diego Lege...
01/23/2020

New Exhibition Coming This Spring to the San Diego History Center: Nathan Harrison - Born a Slave, Died a San Diego Legend. Learn all about Nathan Harrison:
http://ow.ly/i16Y50xXttd

Our very own Bill Lawrence, President & CEO of the San Diego History Center, appeared on UT Radio this week to discuss w...
01/22/2020

Our very own Bill Lawrence, President & CEO of the San Diego History Center, appeared on UT Radio this week to discuss what we did in 2019, including the implementation of three major initiatives, and what we have planned for 2020. 👂Listen Now: http://ow.ly/PjxD50y21vE

A major effort is underway to preserve San Diego's African American history. This endeavor is also focused on preserving...
01/21/2020
History Center Seeks Photos, Documents On African American Life In San Diego

A major effort is underway to preserve San Diego's African American history. This endeavor is also focused on preserving historical pictures & documents for future exhibits here at the San Diego History Center, including one this spring on Nathan Harrison, the first African American homesteader in San Diego in the 1850s.

Learn more in the recent KPBS article: http://ow.ly/1SXp50xXrW3

San Diego History Center is partnering with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art to scan historical photos and documents of African American history in San Diego dating back to the 1850s. The History Center bought a special scanner to get the job done.

The San Diego History Center is pleased to announce that LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs is being exte...
01/19/2020

The San Diego History Center is pleased to announce that LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs is being extended! The exhibition will temporarily close at 5pm on January, 26, 2020 and reopen on February 10, 2020. For more information, visit: http://ow.ly/fhDq50xYGB8

Have you seen Welcome to the Mix yet? ⏰Time is running out! It will only be at the San Diego History Center today and to...
01/18/2020

Have you seen Welcome to the Mix yet? ⏰Time is running out! It will only be at the San Diego History Center today and tomorrow! Come see it before it's gone.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last visited San Diego in 1964 after giving his famous "I Have A Dream" speech & being named ...
01/17/2020
Thousands to honor MLK at annual parade

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last visited San Diego in 1964 after giving his famous "I Have A Dream" speech & being named Time magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1963. Read all about San Diego's MLK celebration and Jan 19th Parade on ABC 10 News: http://ow.ly/kE6h50xSpgb

The 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade steps off on Jan. 19, bringing floats, high school bands and drill teams, colleges, churches, and many more to Harbor Drive.

Exhibition News - Nathan Harrison: Born a Slave, Died a San Diego Legend. Few people in the history of the US  embody id...
01/16/2020
Exhibition News - Nathan Harrison: Born a Slave, Died a San Diego Legend - San Diego History Center | San Diego, CA | Our City, Our Story

Exhibition News - Nathan Harrison: Born a Slave, Died a San Diego Legend. Few people in the history of the US embody ideals of the American Dream more than legendary African American San Diego homesteader Nathan Harrison. Read more on the HUB Blog: http://ow.ly/l7i350xTk1h

The San Diego History Center tells the diverse story of our region – past, present and future – educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride.

ICYMI: It was all hands on deck for our staff as visitors got into the holiday spirit last month at December Nights in B...
01/13/2020
December Nights - San Diego History Center | San Diego, CA | Our City, Our Story

ICYMI: It was all hands on deck for our staff as visitors got into the holiday spirit last month at December Nights in Balboa Park. The History Center saw more than 5,500 visitors come through the museum during this, the Park’s busiest weekend! Read more: http://ow.ly/j5LX50xTjYL

The San Diego History Center tells the diverse story of our region – past, present and future – educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride.

Mark your calendars for  this Tuesday, January 14th from 1-2pm at the SDHC! Join us for a special presentation by local ...
01/12/2020

Mark your calendars for this Tuesday, January 14th from 1-2pm at the SDHC! Join us for a special presentation by local historian and teacher Kenneth Small that explores how Lomaland became the cultural and artistic hub of a growing San Diego.

Did you know: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last visited San Diego in 1964? It was arguably at the height of King's most ce...
01/10/2020
Thousands to honor MLK at annual parade

Did you know: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last visited San Diego in 1964? It was arguably at the height of King's most celebrated period, after giving his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Read all about San Diego's plans to celebrate MLK on ABC 10 News: http://ow.ly/Uxd150xSoQP

The 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade steps off on Jan. 19, bringing floats, high school bands and drill teams, colleges, churches, and many more to Harbor Drive.

Please join us for a special presentation by local historian & teacher Kenneth Small that explores how Lomaland became t...
01/09/2020

Please join us for a special presentation by local historian & teacher Kenneth Small that explores how Lomaland became the cultural and artistic hub of a growing San Diego. This event: Art & Life at the White City is on January 14th from 1-2pm at the SDHC!

🕛Time is running out to register for The Journalist of Castro Street: Randy Shilts & the HIV/AIDS Epidemic on January 13...
01/08/2020

🕛Time is running out to register for The Journalist of Castro Street: Randy Shilts & the HIV/AIDS Epidemic on January 13th! 📝Register now: https://bit.ly/2RBc1yp

ICYMI: We are so honored to be included in San Diego Pride's Top 19 Highlights of 2019. 🏳️‍🌈Take a look: http://ow.ly/EF...
01/07/2020
Top 19 of 2019 - San Diego LGBT Pride

ICYMI: We are so honored to be included in San Diego Pride's Top 19 Highlights of 2019. 🏳️‍🌈Take a look: http://ow.ly/EFng50xFt5d

2019 brought our community a great many challenges to overcome and painful moments from which we are still healing. Through it all the brilliance, resilience, and love our community has to offer shone through. I hope you take a moment to look back at

Don't forget!: 📅The San Diego History Center is thrilled to host a one-time event on January 13th: The Journalist of Cas...
01/02/2020

Don't forget!: 📅The San Diego History Center is thrilled to host a one-time event on January 13th: The Journalist of Castro Street: Randy Shilts & the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. Learn more on our event page: http://ow.ly/o00D50xxWp9 And don't forget to register! 📝

Happy New Year from all of us at the San Diego History Center... and of course these 1918 OB Plungers. 🎆🍾🎉
01/01/2020

Happy New Year from all of us at the San Diego History Center... and of course these 1918 OB Plungers. 🎆🍾🎉

Who's taking on a New Year's swim tomorrow?! 🏊If you're still deciding, use these 1915 San Diego Rowing Club swimmers as...
12/31/2019

Who's taking on a New Year's swim tomorrow?! 🏊If you're still deciding, use these 1915 San Diego Rowing Club swimmers as inspiration... and Happy New Year San Diego! 🎉

Preparing to party like it's 1959 San Diego? Pictured: Downtown goer outers on New Year's Eve 60 years ago.
12/30/2019

Preparing to party like it's 1959 San Diego? Pictured: Downtown goer outers on New Year's Eve 60 years ago.

Be sure to enjoy the holidays with some of our incredible, historic photos from our Collection. BTW: Photos are availabl...
12/27/2019

Be sure to enjoy the holidays with some of our incredible, historic photos from our Collection.
BTW: Photos are available for purchase, online or in our Museum Store. Come visit us in the heart of Balboa Park.

So honored to be included in SD Pride’s Top 19 Highlights of 2019. 🏳️‍🌈Take a look: http://ow.ly/pejk50xFt0Z
12/27/2019
Top 19 of 2019 - San Diego LGBT Pride

So honored to be included in SD Pride’s Top 19 Highlights of 2019. 🏳️‍🌈Take a look: http://ow.ly/pejk50xFt0Z

2019 brought our community a great many challenges to overcome and painful moments from which we are still healing. Through it all the brilliance, resilience, and love our community has to offer shone through. I hope you take a moment to look back at

Don't forget: Let There Be Light is coming up on December 27th and 28th!  Learn more and come celebrate! http://ow.ly/UB...
12/26/2019

Don't forget: Let There Be Light is coming up on December 27th and 28th! Learn more and come celebrate!
http://ow.ly/UBrq50xpYFE

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday! 🎄🎅🏖️Pictured: 1924 celebrations in Mission Beach
12/25/2019

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday! 🎄🎅🏖️Pictured: 1924 celebrations in Mission Beach

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1649 El Prado, Ste 3
San Diego, CA
92101

For detailed public transit info to Balboa Park visit http://www.balboapark.org/maps/directions.php#public_trans

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(619) 232-6203

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Free Tuesday Talk at SD History Center about San Diego's African American history by Yvette Porter Moore.
Free Tuesday Talk at the SD History Center! Packed room to hear Yvette Porter Moore speak about San Diego African American history! Yvette pictured with the great Lean Williams, Makena Hayes Gargonnu, Jackie Martin and so many others were in attendance.
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Wyatt Earp in San Diego Lecture 2.24.20, Lakeside Historical Society
The staff are impressive and made my experience memorable! Manny and Tatiana went out of their way to assist with a gift purchase and wrote a special note of the history of a particular book. The Center is a true resource - check it out if you have not already visited!
Happy Holidays from the San Diego History Center. These are historic photos from our Baynard Collection in the Research Archives. The late, Arnold Baynard, was a professional African American photographer in San Diego.
Great photo showing the traffic south of Del Mar before I-5 was constructed! Every town with signals and stop lights backed up traffic between San Diego and Los Angeles into a nightmare of congestion. I remember this as a small child who lived in Del Mar (1957-1964).
Love what we do at the SD History Center. Our LGBTQ+ exhibit is used to train Sheriff's Deputies, Cadets & staff about the LGBTQ+ community. Thanks to Jen LeBarbera, SD Pride, and Sheriff Deputy Jacob Hernandez.
My friend Robert was in town and I took him to see the Mix exhibit. He was born and raised in SD. His grandmother lived on C Chavez Blvd and he grew up in Shelltown. He loved seeing so many of the people he grew up with included in this exhibit. When he lived here he was a member of the history center and says he never thought he would see people of color on exhibit.
Darian Powell visiting from London with her friend Patricia Byers at the San Diego History Center points out the menu she designed for La Hermanas menu circa 1974. With a little note “... with love for my sisters...”
We still have seats left for both tours! Come explore Alpine's history with us!
Tickets are expected to sell quickly.