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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.

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.

We are collecting photos for our next project and you can help!📸Due to the overwhelming popularity of "San Diego Memo...
05/16/2019

We are collecting photos for our next project and you can help!
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Due to the overwhelming popularity of "San Diego Memories: A Photographic History of the 1800s through the 1930s", the San Diego History Center, in partnership with @sandiegouniontribune and #PedimentPublishing, is pleased to present the second hardcover coffee-table book in the series, "San Diego Memories II: War and Peace – The 1940s and 1950s."
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We invite you to share family pictures from the 1940s and ‘50s at one of our photo scanning sessions, Friday, May 17 and Saturday May 18, Noon - 4:00 pm, at the History Center. Selections will appear in this second edition.
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#SanDiegoHistory #SanDiegoMemoriesII #SanDiegoMemories #SanDiegoUnionTribune #HistoryBook #History #PhotoHistory

Want to learn more about San Diego city's favorite park? 🌳Join us today at 1pm in the San Diego History Center's Thor...
05/14/2019

Want to learn more about San Diego city's favorite park? 🌳
Join us today at 1pm in the San Diego History Center's Thornton Theater for a Free Tuesday Talk about our shared history.
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Set aside as City Park in 1868, today’s Balboa Park has undergone a multitude of changes in its 150 years. Once a series of mesas covered in native plant life, the park now boasts several well-known gardens and museums. Learn how the Park has evolved in this presentation, and discover some of its less famous uses.
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Presented by: Samantha Alberts, San Diego History Center Manager of Community Learning
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📷 : Cabrillo Bridge, 1914.
San Diego History Center Photo Collection.
#SanDiegoHistory #BalboaPark #SanDiego

Want to take a part of our exhibitions home with you? Now available at our San Diego History Center Museum Store: "Carol...
05/13/2019

Want to take a part of our exhibitions home with you?
Now available at our San Diego History Center Museum Store:
"Carol Lindemulder: Color Story" and "Tracker: Forty Years of Skateboard History."
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"Carol Lindemulder: Color Story" features a selection of oil paintings, dating from 1996-2018, that highlight the artist’s passion for the natural and built environment, her mastery of color, and her dedication to recording the beauty of the San Diego region’s deserts, fields, mountains, buildings and towns.
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In "Tracker: Forty Years of Skateboard History," founder, Larry Balma, tells the story of Tracker's formation at San Diego spots like La Costa, the Escondido Reservoir and the Kona Bowl, and about how the brand's many innovative trucks and related products came to be, forty-four of Tracker's top riders chime in with colorful recollections and revealing, behind-the-scenes insights.
Learn more: http://www.larrybalma.com/
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Due to the overwhelming popularity of the first volume, the San Diego History Center, in partnership with The San Diego ...
05/10/2019
Second "San Diego Memories" photo book in the works

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the first volume, the San Diego History Center, in partnership with The San Diego Union-Tribune, is pleased to announce a new coffee-table book, "San Diego Memories II: War and Peace — The 1940s and 1950s."

Join our public scanning sessions May 17 & 18, Noon-4:00 pm in the San Diego History Center Atrium to include your San Diego photographs in this special project.

Public invited to submit pictures that show the region in the years 1940-59

📸: Dave Paul and Murray Estes, Kona Bowl, Escondido, 1977Courtesy of Lance Smith☠️Our newest exhibition, "I'm Not...
05/06/2019

📸: Dave Paul and Murray Estes, Kona Bowl, Escondido, 1977
Courtesy of Lance Smith
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Our newest exhibition, "I'm Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground," features photographs, video footage, music, print media, art, objects and ephemera that share these unique histories through a first-person perspective, sourced solely from the personal collections of the individuals who formed San Diego’s skate, punk and hip-hop communities.
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"I'm Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground" is on view daily 10am - 5pm at the San Diego History Center until October 27, 2019.

⭐May the Fourth be with all of our San Diego Star Wars fans today! 📸: Comic Book Convention Party at the El Cortez ...
05/04/2019

⭐May the Fourth be with all of our San Diego Star Wars fans today!
📸: Comic Book Convention Party at the El Cortez Hotel in 1974.
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Shop our photo store for more historic images, like this one, of San Diego, communities throughout the county, people, buildings and events. ➡️ photostore.sandiegohistory.org.

🎨Carol Lindemulder: Color Story will only be on view at the San Diego History Center until Sunday, May 5th. Make sure...
05/03/2019

🎨Carol Lindemulder: Color Story will only be on view at the San Diego History Center until Sunday, May 5th. Make sure to check it out before it is gone! 🖼️
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Carol Lindemulder: Color Story features a selection of oil paintings, dating from 1996-2018, that highlight the artist’s passion for the natural and built environment, her mastery of color, and her dedication to recording the beauty of the region’s deserts, fields, mountains, buildings and towns.

Today is World Tuna Day! 🐟In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, San Diego drew large numbers of ethni...
05/02/2019

Today is World Tuna Day! 🐟
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, San Diego drew large numbers of ethnic immigrants, many with ties to the fishing industry. Local ordinances, de facto segregation, prejudice, and proximity to the water all served to isolate these communities to areas outside downtown. The Chinese community had little choice but to settle south of Market Street in the tidal lowlands known as the “Stingaree District,” a play on “stingray” and a reference to the area’s vice. In a similar fashion, Japanese fishermen lived south of downtown, Italian migrants settled on the water just north of downtown, and across the bay in Point Loma Portuguese families established their community.
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These groups made much of their living from the sea, increasingly in the tuna industry. The waterfront was home to four canneries and countless fishing boats. At its peak in the mid-twentieth century, tuna was San Diego’s third-largest industry, behind the Navy and aerospace. It employed some 40,000 San Diegans, and two of the three big tuna canning companies were based here.
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Shop our photo store for more historic images, like this one, of San Diego, communities throughout the county, people, buildings and events. ➡️ https://photostore.sandiegohistory.org.

05/01/2019

🎫MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS!—especially during the San Diego Museum Council's #BigExchange promotion (May 1-18) 🔃!

San Diego History Center members can enjoy FREE general admission to over 30 arts and cultural destinations in SanDiego!

For more information about The Big Exchange: https://www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/

For more information about San Diego History Center membership:
https://sandiegohistory.org/become-member/

05/01/2019

🎫MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS!—especially during the San Diego Museum Council's #BigExchange promotion (May 1-18) 🔃!

San Diego History Center members can enjoy FREE general admission to over 30 arts and cultural destinations in SanDiego!

For more information about The Big Exchange: https://www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/

For more information about San Diego History Center membership:
https://sandiegohistory.org/become-member/

Happy International Jazz Day! 🎷The Douglas Hotel in Downtown, known as the “Harlem of the West,” became a welcomi...
04/30/2019

Happy International Jazz Day! 🎷
The Douglas Hotel in Downtown, known as the “Harlem of the West,” became a welcoming refuge for African Americans during a time of segregation offering hotel accommodations as well as an entertainment venue, the Creole Palace. Located at Second Avenue and Market Street, the Creole Palace featured a spacious ballroom and stage which hosted all the top jazz acts such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, the Mills Brothers, and Duke Ellington. The nightclub remained the center of San Diego jazz culture until the 1950s.
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Shop our photo store for more historic images, like this one, of San Diego, communities throughout the county, people, buildings and events. ➡️ photostore.sandiegohistory.org.

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception of "I'm Not Like You: Notes of the San Diego Underground," an e...
04/22/2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception of "I'm Not Like You: Notes of the San Diego Underground," an exhibition celebrating the creative energy, self-expression and independent spirit that distinguished skate, punk and hip-hop culture in San Diego from the 1970s through 1990s.

If you did not make it on Saturday, don't worry!
The exhibition will be on display at the San Diego History Center through October 27, 2019.

Today is the 49th annual Chicano Park Day celebration!  Just south of downtown, Barrio Logan had long been home to a vib...
04/20/2019

Today is the 49th annual Chicano Park Day celebration!

Just south of downtown, Barrio Logan had long been home to a vibrant community. Industrial development, the City’s decision to locate dumps in the area, and the construction of Interstate 5 and the Coronado Bridge divided the neighborhood and resulted in an economic decline.

On April 22, 1970, Mario Solis, a San Diego City College student, came upon crews beginning construction of a Highway Patrol station parking lot under the Coronado Bridge. Solis and other Barrio Logan residents had had enough. They occupied the land beneath the bridge for twelve days. After extensive negotiation, they began to create a park, reconnecting their community to the bay. Regional artists adorned the bridge’s concrete pillars with colorful murals depicting Indigenous, Mexican, and Mexican-American culture. Today Chicano Park is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and stands as a testament to the proud heritage of the people of Barrio Logan and San Diego’s Chicano community.

🎨: I’m Not Like You, 2019Aerosol paint on MDFCourtesy of ESCAPELocal graffiti artist from the 1980s, ESCAPE, was co...
04/18/2019

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I’m Not Like You, 2019
Aerosol paint on MDF
Courtesy of ESCAPE

Local graffiti artist from the 1980s, ESCAPE, was commissioned to create a piece for the entrance of our newest exhibition,
"I'm Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground."

The exhibition focused San Diego punk, skate and hip-hop culture in the 1970s and 1980s will open this Saturday, 4/20, at the San Diego History Center.

Join us opening night at 6pm for the reception:
https://www.facebook.com/events/771111479909693/

“One thing I’ve heard from every single person I’ve talked to is ‘I can’t believe you’re interested in this,...
04/17/2019
Culture Report: The History Center Explores ‘80s Subcultures - Voice of San Diego

“One thing I’ve heard from every single person I’ve talked to is ‘I can’t believe you’re interested in this,’” said San Diego History Center curator Kaytie Johnson. “They never thought that the History Center or any museum would be interested in telling these stories.”

“I’m Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground,” tells the stories of three subcultures in a specific period of time in San Diego: punk, skate and hip-hop culture in the 1970s and 1980s.

The exhibition opens this Saturday, 4/20 with an opening reception at 6pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/771111479909693/

For more information on the exhibition:
https://sandiegohistory.org/exhibition/NotLikeYou/

The San Diego History Center exhibition will gather stories and artifacts as its “I’m Not Like You” exhibition runs through October.

04/17/2019

🤘🏼"These are important histories that have not really been told, and at the San Diego History Center that's what we're interested in doing" 🎶

-Kaytie Johnson,
I'm Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground Curator

Thank you @KPBS and @EboneMonet for visiting the San Diego History Center yesterday!
Click the link in our bio for the full KPBS article.

I'm Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground opens this Saturday, 4/20!

Lambda Archives of San Diego
04/16/2019
Lambda Archives of San Diego

Lambda Archives of San Diego

If you were unable to attend Bonnie Zimmerman's Lesbian History lecture at the San Diego History Center as part of the landmark Lillian Faderman curated exhibit, LGBTQ+ SD: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs wiyh material from Lambda Archives of San Diego.

"I'm Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground" opens this Saturday, 4/20! 🤘
04/16/2019
Voice of San Diego

"I'm Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground" opens this Saturday, 4/20! 🤘

Culture Report: Julia Dixon Evans gives us a preview of the San Diego History Center's new exhibition on punk, skate and hip-hop culture in the 1970s and 1980s.

Celebrate World Art Day with a visit to the San Diego History Center and view work by San Diego artist, Carol Lindemulde...
04/15/2019

Celebrate World Art Day with a visit to the San Diego History Center and view work by San Diego artist, Carol Lindemulder. 🎨

Frequently inspired by her travels and writing, Carol Lindemulder’s paintings of the landscape are distinguished by an evocative and bold use of color to convey a strong sense of place. "Carol Lindemulder: Color Story" features a selection of oil paintings, dating from 1996-2018, that highlight the artist’s passion for the natural and built environment, her mastery of color, and her dedication to recording the beauty of the San Diego region’s deserts, fields, mountains, buildings and towns.

Exhibition open through May 5th, 2019.

🖼: Carol Lindemulder, Ramona Morning, 2013. Oil on linen. Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra, SDHC 2015.8

🍔🚚Balboa Park is hosting another week-long food truck event! Join us in the park April 15–19, Noon –7:00pm for...
04/15/2019

🍔🚚Balboa Park is hosting another week-long food truck event! Join us in the park April 15–19, Noon –7:00pm for the Spring Fling Food Truck Festival!🌸

If you have attended before, you know how wildly popular this is. The only problem…finding a place to sit down and eat.

This year, we got you covered! Grab your food and come into our Atrium to sit and enjoy your food truck favorites.👍

⚠️Our newest exhibition will open on Saturday, 4/20!"I’m Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground" is an...
04/13/2019

⚠️Our newest exhibition will open on Saturday, 4/20!

"I’m Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground" is an exhibition celebrating the creative energy, self-expression and independent spirit that distinguished skate, punk and hip-hop culture in San Diego from the 1970s through 1990s. During the two decades preceding the rise of the World Wide Web in 1991, and the subsequent ubiquity of social media and smartphones, highly localized subcultures formed and thrived throughout San Diego.

📸: Tony Hawk, Sanoland, Cardiff, 1982. Photo: Grant Brittain.

To learn more ➡️http://sandiegohistory.org/exhibition/NotLikeYou/

On April 15, 2019, the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park, the historic home of the San Diego History Center, will begi...
04/12/2019

On April 15, 2019, the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park, the historic home of the San Diego History Center, will begin a much-anticipated renovation and as a result, the main and tower galleries will be closed. The museum’s Welcome Center will remain open during renovations.

Then on the 250th anniversary of the founding of contemporary San Diego, and the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the Serra Museum on July 16, 2019, the museum will re-open and debut a transformed visitor experience that tells the story of San Diego around its namesake river. This new core exhibition explores the earliest history of San Diego—the stories of the people that lived along the river’s edge since time immemorial—as well as those that came to settle the area and changed and used the river in order to adapt to San Diego’s arid climate.

The new exhibit also focuses on the Presidio as the site of San Diego’s and California's original European settlement, one that was an active military garrison from 1769 to 1835. The Presidio and its church complex housed soldiers, their families, craftsmen, Indian workers, prisoners, and others who settled in San Diego prior to the establishment of the Pueblo San Diego (now Old Town) at the foot of Presidio Hill. Historical accounts combined with archaeological data tell of the presence of diverse people from many different social and ethnic backgrounds, surviving in an often harsh environment. Visitors will also be able to step back in time to view the Presidio and the Kumeyaay settlement of Kosaii.

This renovation, eight years in the making, preserves and restores the original architectural splendor of the interior spaces of the museum, and provides visitors with breathtaking views from the Serra's iconic tower.

This exhibition would not be possible with the support of our presenting partners - the San Diego River Conservancy and State Coastal Conservancy. The San Diego History Center is also indebted to our group of grant matching donors as well the Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy, and a group of dedicated advisors and subject matter experts who are, with this writing, working to complete this new exhibition.

In addition, funds are now being sought to restore the exterior of the museum at a cost of $300,000. We will have more information on this critical campaign in the coming days.

For more than 90 years the San Diego History Center has been working to preserve, reveal and promote the history of the San Diego region. We hope that you will join us on July 16, 2019, as the museum, enters a new era and continues the vision and dedication to our region's greater good, of civic leader and San Diego History Center founder George Marston.

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1649 El Prado, Ste 3
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For detailed public transit info to Balboa Park visit http://www.balboapark.org/maps/directions.php#public_trans

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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
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