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San Diegans celebrating Juneteenth - the newest official Federal Holiday.
06/19/2021
For many, the 156th Juneteenth is a first

San Diegans celebrating Juneteenth - the newest official Federal Holiday.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Toyah Whitehead remembers the day in late June each year that brought crowds of Black residents to the streets and parks in celebration. There were block parties, cookouts, street performers, book sales and pan-African flags — three big horizontal stripes of red, black ...

ICYMI:  San Diego Union Tribune Columnist Lisa Deaderick interviewed Dr. Damion Thomas who will lead a thought exercise ...
06/15/2021
San Diego History Center hosts 'thought exercise' on Black Lives Matter movement

ICYMI: San Diego Union Tribune Columnist Lisa Deaderick interviewed Dr. Damion Thomas who will lead a thought exercise on curating the Black Lives Matter Movement tomorrow.
The discussion will be on Zoom: Wednesday, June 16 at 6pm
Register here >>> https://bit.ly/SDHCBLM621

#blacklivesmatter #blm #sandiegohistorycenter #virtualhistory #museumathome #historyisacontactsport

Damion Thomas is curator of sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; he holds a doctorate in U.S. history and his fields of expertise include African American history, U.S. diplomatic history, and sports history. In an upcoming event, he will help people…

Have a safe Memorial Holiday Weekend. Stop in and see us in #BalboaPark and #PresidioPark if you're out and about.. Both...
05/27/2021

Have a safe Memorial Holiday Weekend. Stop in and see us in #BalboaPark and #PresidioPark if you're out and about..

Both Museums will be open this Saturday, Sunday and (Memorial Day) Monday from 11a - 4p.

#MemorialDayWeekend2021 #balboapark #museumsareback #sandiego #sandiegohistory #presidiopark #sandiegohistoriclocations #holidayweekend #sceniclocations

Have a safe Memorial Holiday Weekend. Stop in and see us in #BalboaPark and #PresidioPark if you're out and about..

Both Museums will be open this Saturday, Sunday and (Memorial Day) Monday from 11a - 4p.

#MemorialDayWeekend2021 #balboapark #museumsareback #sandiego #sandiegohistory #presidiopark #sandiegohistoriclocations #holidayweekend #sceniclocations

Don't miss this timely discussion....On June 16, 2021 the San Diego History Center will present a virtual discussion led...
05/26/2021

Don't miss this timely discussion....

On June 16, 2021 the San Diego History Center will present a virtual discussion led by Dr. Damion Thomas, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dr. Thomas will lead us on a thought exercise that will help us understand Black Lives Matter from historical and cultural perspectives.

• Date/Time: Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00 Pacific Time on Zoom

Moderator: Jim Trotter, Veteran NFL Reporter, also covering issues of player activism and social justice.

Event Registration is required: http://bit.ly/SDHCBLM621
Guests will receive a confirmation following registration.

There is no change for this presentation, however donations are encouraged and welcomed.

#blacklivesmatter #blm #museumsareback #sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #virtualmuseum #museumathome #smithsonianmuseum #africanamericanmuseum #balboapark

Don't miss this timely discussion....

On June 16, 2021 the San Diego History Center will present a virtual discussion led by Dr. Damion Thomas, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dr. Thomas will lead us on a thought exercise that will help us understand Black Lives Matter from historical and cultural perspectives.

• Date/Time: Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00 Pacific Time on Zoom

Moderator: Jim Trotter, Veteran NFL Reporter, also covering issues of player activism and social justice.

Event Registration is required: http://bit.ly/SDHCBLM621
Guests will receive a confirmation following registration.

There is no change for this presentation, however donations are encouraged and welcomed.

#blacklivesmatter #blm #museumsareback #sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #virtualmuseum #museumathome #smithsonianmuseum #africanamericanmuseum #balboapark

The @SanDiegoHistory is currently hiring a Museum Educator!  For more information on this position including status, hou...
05/23/2021
San Diego EMP on Twitter

The @SanDiegoHistory is currently hiring a Museum Educator! For more information on this position including status, hours, and salary, checkout the San Diego History Center's Employment Opportunities page at https://sandiegohistory.org/opportunities/ https://pic.twitter.com/2kAcYSUUmm

“The @SanDiegoHistory is currently hiring a Museum Educator! For more information on this position including status, hours, and salary, checkout the San Diego History Center's Employment Opportunities page at https://t.co/hhx7F8YYQo”

The #SanDiegoHistoryCenter in #BalboaPark and the  Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park are both open today (Sunday) f...
05/23/2021

The #SanDiegoHistoryCenter in #BalboaPark and the Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park are both open today (Sunday) from 11a - 4p.

If you're out and about on this beautiful day.. stop in and see us.

#SanDiegoHistory #SanDiego #Spring
#balboapark #PresidioPark #MuseumsareBack

The #SanDiegoHistoryCenter in #BalboaPark and the Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park are both open today (Sunday) from 11a - 4p.

If you're out and about on this beautiful day.. stop in and see us.

#SanDiegoHistory #SanDiego #Spring
#balboapark #PresidioPark #MuseumsareBack

May the Fourth be with all of our San Diego Star Wars fans today!  San Diego History Center Photo: Comic Book Convention...
05/04/2021

May the Fourth be with all of our San Diego Star Wars fans today!

San Diego History Center
Photo: Comic Book Convention Party at the El Cortez Hotel in 1974.
#MaytheFourth #ComicCon #StarWarsDay
#SanDiegoHistory #MayTheForceBeWithYou #historicphoto #historicphotography

May the Fourth be with all of our San Diego Star Wars fans today!

San Diego History Center
Photo: Comic Book Convention Party at the El Cortez Hotel in 1974.
#MaytheFourth #ComicCon #StarWarsDay
#SanDiegoHistory #MayTheForceBeWithYou #historicphoto #historicphotography

VIRTUAL DISCUSSION:  Storytelling and Painting for a Better WorldThe Spirit of Chicano Park Reading and Painting Worksho...
04/27/2021

VIRTUAL DISCUSSION: Storytelling and Painting for a Better World
The Spirit of Chicano Park Reading and Painting Workshop
Wednesday, May 5, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.
FREE

Register for this virtual presentation and workshop here:
https://bit.ly/SDHCStoryPaint

Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood marks its 51st anniversary this year. Join author Bea Zamora for a reading of her bilingual children’s book is recounting the park’s founding history — from the first takeover of the land in the 1970s to the creation of the park. The program includes a workshop with artist and illustrator Maira Meza who will guide participants in a step-by-step process to create their own Chicano Park inspired art work.

The Spirit of Chicano Park, available for sale through the author’s website, traces the community’s struggle to build the park through the eyes of two young children who move into the neighborhood. Profits from the sale of the book go to the Chicano Park Steering Committee and the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center.

A materials kit for the May 5th workshop is available for $23 from the artist Maira Meza (must be purchased at least one week in advance). Participants may also use their own supplies. Please contact Maira Meza at artehastalamuerte at yahoo dot com if you wish to pre-order a kit.

About the author:
I have loved Chicano Park since the first time I stepped foot on this sacred land in 1979. After I learned about the struggle of the community to build a park, I knew that I would always be connected. Through my passion as an Azteca-Chichimeca danzante, I dance at the park and ask creator to bless each and every one of you. The community of Logan Heights is an inspiration for all–a vibrant example of resilience and self-determination. ¡Que viva Chicano Park!
-Beatrice Zamora-Aguilar

About the illustrator:
It's an honor and privilege to be able to do what I love for such an important part of our culture and community. I encourage everyone to stay connected to your roots, find your passion and never give up on what you believe in. Walk around the park and let the beautiful murals tell you the history of its struggles, victories and protectors. Let it remind you of the warrior you are meant to be...¡Sí Se Puede!
-Maira Meza

VIRTUAL DISCUSSION: Storytelling and Painting for a Better World
The Spirit of Chicano Park Reading and Painting Workshop
Wednesday, May 5, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.
FREE

Register for this virtual presentation and workshop here:
https://bit.ly/SDHCStoryPaint

Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood marks its 51st anniversary this year. Join author Bea Zamora for a reading of her bilingual children’s book is recounting the park’s founding history — from the first takeover of the land in the 1970s to the creation of the park. The program includes a workshop with artist and illustrator Maira Meza who will guide participants in a step-by-step process to create their own Chicano Park inspired art work.

The Spirit of Chicano Park, available for sale through the author’s website, traces the community’s struggle to build the park through the eyes of two young children who move into the neighborhood. Profits from the sale of the book go to the Chicano Park Steering Committee and the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center.

A materials kit for the May 5th workshop is available for $23 from the artist Maira Meza (must be purchased at least one week in advance). Participants may also use their own supplies. Please contact Maira Meza at artehastalamuerte at yahoo dot com if you wish to pre-order a kit.

About the author:
I have loved Chicano Park since the first time I stepped foot on this sacred land in 1979. After I learned about the struggle of the community to build a park, I knew that I would always be connected. Through my passion as an Azteca-Chichimeca danzante, I dance at the park and ask creator to bless each and every one of you. The community of Logan Heights is an inspiration for all–a vibrant example of resilience and self-determination. ¡Que viva Chicano Park!
-Beatrice Zamora-Aguilar

About the illustrator:
It's an honor and privilege to be able to do what I love for such an important part of our culture and community. I encourage everyone to stay connected to your roots, find your passion and never give up on what you believe in. Walk around the park and let the beautiful murals tell you the history of its struggles, victories and protectors. Let it remind you of the warrior you are meant to be...¡Sí Se Puede!
-Maira Meza

Don’t miss this amazing presentation of Mesa College Fashion Program students’ work! Join us on Friday, April 16, 7pm. R...
04/13/2021

Don’t miss this amazing presentation of Mesa College Fashion Program students’ work! Join us on Friday, April 16, 7pm. Register today: www.bit.ly/FashionRedux21

@sdmesacollege @melanieqngo @ramses.brand @elie_rtw @_.y_shin._ @legendofsachi @bellablankxo @glorifybydafne @officialalexandraburch @sandiegohistorycenter

Photographer: Natasha Sachi @legendofsachi
Creative Director: Liese Victoria @bellablankxo
Makeup and Hair: Shirly Martinez @glorifybydafne
Model: Alexandra Burch @officialalexandraburch

Don’t miss this amazing presentation of Mesa College Fashion Program students’ work! Join us on Friday, April 16, 7pm. Register today: www.bit.ly/FashionRedux21

@sdmesacollege @melanieqngo @ramses.brand @elie_rtw @_.y_shin._ @legendofsachi @bellablankxo @glorifybydafne @officialalexandraburch @sandiegohistorycenter

Photographer: Natasha Sachi @legendofsachi
Creative Director: Liese Victoria @bellablankxo
Makeup and Hair: Shirly Martinez @glorifybydafne
Model: Alexandra Burch @officialalexandraburch

The San Diego History Center is reopening to the public on Friday, April 16.  Visitors will be able to experience the ne...
03/23/2021
How Archaeology Helped Reveal The Personal Life Of Nathan Harrison

The San Diego History Center is reopening to the public on Friday, April 16.
Visitors will be able to experience the new exhibition, Nathan Harrison: Born Enslaved, Died a San Diego Legend.
KPBS spoke with guest curator Dr. Seth Mallios about Nathan Harrison's legacy and the new exhibition.

#BalboaPark #SanDiegoHistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #HistoricPhotos #BlackSanDiegoHistory #NathanHarrison

San Diego History Center has opened a companion exhibit to its Celebrate San Diego: Black History and Heritage. The new exhibit focuses on San Diego's first Black homesteader Nathan Harrison who died in 1920. The exhibit shows how archaeology played a role in fleshing out the life of Harrison and is...

Nathan Harrison Virtual Exhibition Open and Tour  - Tonight at 5pm on Zoom. Register here >> https://bit.ly/Mar18Harriso...
03/18/2021
San Diego History Center Opens Exhibit About Black Homesteader Nathan Harrison

Nathan Harrison Virtual Exhibition Open and Tour - Tonight at 5pm on Zoom.

Register here >> https://bit.ly/Mar18Harrison
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The San Diego History Center is opening a new exhibit on March 18 about Nathan Harrison, a Black homesteader who lived on Palomar Mountain for nearly 70 years. Harrison’s story is one of remarkable resilience, and a part of San Diego’s history. NBC 7’s Ashley Matthews shares details.

Celebrating Women's History MonthFeaturing Sylura BarronIn November 1991, at age 90, Sylura Barron completed an absentee...
03/12/2021

Celebrating Women's History Month
Featuring Sylura Barron

In November 1991, at age 90, Sylura Barron completed an absentee ballot from her hospital bed days after suffering a heart attack, the first time she’d missed going to the polls in 42 years. The local business owner and powerhouse of politics dedicated nearly 70 years of her life to civic leadership, to promotion of business and educational opportunities, and as she put it, “hauling voters to the polls.”

A local legend of politics and lifelong advocate for representation, connection, and participation, Barron faced seemingly insurmountable barriers of racism and sexism. Sylura Barron made history in 1948 as the first Black woman delegate in a national political convention when she represented California for the Democratic Party’s nomination of Harry Truman. Throughout her long life, she remained dedicated to not only finding a seat at the table, but in bringing in more chairs for others. One of her repeated slogans was “leave out no one.”

These images of Sylura Barron are part of the Baynard Collection. By photographing individual and group portraits, residences, businesses, churches, weddings, baptisms, parties, sports, clubs, political and civic functions, Norman Baynard documented the social, political and religious life of San Diego's Black community for more than 40 years. For more information on this collection and to view hundreds of images, click the link in our bio!
For more information on the Baynard Photography Collection: https://sandiegohistory.org/baynard/

Happy International Women's Day. We have a virtual discussion scheduled for tomorrow at noon on Zoom San Diego Women I W...
03/09/2021

Happy International Women's Day.

We have a virtual discussion scheduled for tomorrow at noon on Zoom

San Diego Women I Wish I'd Known

The San Diego women I wish I had known each impacted the development and success of Balboa Park and the institutions within it in some way. Some of the five names will be familiar, and the others may be new to you. Some you may have heard of, like Alice Klauber or Bea Evenson, but you may be unsure of their roles in business, the arts, or organizational leadership. Each woman’s story reflects the era in which she lived and prospered, and each tale illustrates how one woman made a difference in San Diego.

Date/Time: March 9, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm

About our speaker: Linda Canada holds an undergraduate degree in History from UCLA, and a law degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles. Twenty years after leaving her legal practice she still considers herself a “recovering lawyer” and has worked exclusively in the field of local history. From 2005-2017 Linda served as the archivist for the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD), and was its President 2009-2012. Linda has given talks for the History Center’s Speakers Bureau for more than 20 years.

Link to RSVP : https://bit.ly/MarchSD101
#internationalwomensday2021 #WomensHistoryMonth #sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #balboapark #museumathome

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Happy International Women's Day.

We have a virtual discussion scheduled for tomorrow at noon on Zoom

San Diego Women I Wish I'd Known

The San Diego women I wish I had known each impacted the development and success of Balboa Park and the institutions within it in some way. Some of the five names will be familiar, and the others may be new to you. Some you may have heard of, like Alice Klauber or Bea Evenson, but you may be unsure of their roles in business, the arts, or organizational leadership. Each woman’s story reflects the era in which she lived and prospered, and each tale illustrates how one woman made a difference in San Diego.

Date/Time: March 9, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm

About our speaker: Linda Canada holds an undergraduate degree in History from UCLA, and a law degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles. Twenty years after leaving her legal practice she still considers herself a “recovering lawyer” and has worked exclusively in the field of local history. From 2005-2017 Linda served as the archivist for the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD), and was its President 2009-2012. Linda has given talks for the History Center’s Speakers Bureau for more than 20 years.

Link to RSVP : https://bit.ly/MarchSD101
#internationalwomensday2021 #WomensHistoryMonth #sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #balboapark #museumathome

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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

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"Professor" Shirley Clum delivers a fascinating history lesson about San Diego.
Laura Troiani had her husband, Staff Sergeant Carlo Troiani, murdered in 1984...she was the first woman eligible for the death penalty in 25 years and at the time it was one of the most expensive trials in San Diego County.
54 years ago today a big storm in San Diego caused major flooding and strong winds. Just unearthed--the film from November 6, 1966. Some made the most of it, surfing in the flood on Mission Blvd. in Mission Beach--so So Cal!
I hope someone can help. Back in about 1958, we lived on Sutter Street. There was a Mom and Pop market across the street (I believe it was Sutter Street Market) that had homemade German sausage on Thursdays. If anyone has memories of this (or possibly a photo) I'll be forever grateful!
The 2020 Census population count is done once every 10 years but impacts our lives daily. Census statistics touch everyone from the old to the young, people of all incomes and backgrounds, and those in cities, suburbs and rural areas. Many of these programs are the lifelines that communities are depending on today as they work to protect the health and well-being of their populations during the coronavirus pandemic. These programs are feeding children even though schools are temporarily shuttered, providing health insurance for low-income people and those over 65, and supporting first responders. Among these programs: - Medicaid assistance under Title XIX, the largest federal program that uses census statistics to inform funding. - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. - The National School Lunch Program. - Medicare. THIS is why you should complete your census today if you have not done so already. If you need help, we at the Downtown San Diego Area Census Office are here with a local phone line. Call and see how easy it is to change your community for the better of us all. 619-695-5657 M-F 9am-5pm in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Portuguese, German, French, Russian, and Arabic
For our kids, for ourselves, for the next 10 years. Lets ensure our communities receive the funding they deserve. Respond to the 2020 Census by calling the San Diego Area Census Office at 619-695-5657 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Para nuestros niños, para nosotros, para los proximo diez años. Tenemos que asegurar que nuestras comunidades reciban los fundos que merecen. Responda a el Censo del 2020 llame a la Oficina del Census en San Diego al 619-695-5657. Se habla Español. Lunes a Viernes, 9am-5pm.
Recused this from the scrap yard today ,, 1930's GEORGE HENSLEY SAN DIEGO Band Saw
Great story. A few months ago Pea Hicks visited [CBS 8 - San Diego News](https://www.facebook.com/News8/?ref=gs&__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARA_H8c7xxL_yKw7S9IS8qPNaCnpjnA-0M67FohUzVWZsvSoAhDepDAYJlFDSV7Rjd5oN_s-fPJL0UiQ&fref=gs&dti=975842199100710&hc_location=group). We rifled through bins of random film reels and he graciously digitized all of them--marked and unmarked. The results--a historian's dream come true! The first to be unveiled is never before seen--well not since 1962--is the newsroom in the early 60s. People who worked at the station in the 60s have never seen it--until now.
Free Tuesday Talk at SD History Center about San Diego's African American history by Yvette Porter Moore.