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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

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📸 Diving into the Past: The Polar Bear Club's Bold Leap into 1903!Join us on a nostalgic journey as we unveil this capti...
01/01/2024

📸 Diving into the Past: The Polar Bear Club's Bold Leap into 1903!

Join us on a nostalgic journey as we unveil this captivating moment from the San Diego Rowing Club's "Polar Bear Club" on January 1, 1903. The thrill of a New Year's plunge into the chilly waters of San Diego Bay is frozen in time.

🕰️ Your support has been instrumental in preserving this historic gem. Let's continue to cherish the past, ensuring these snapshots endure for generations to come.
🙏🏻 Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey!

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!We are grateful to you for your support.A Juvenile gorilla and three juvenil...
01/01/2024

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!
We are grateful to you for your support.

A Juvenile gorilla and three juvenile chimpanzees having a New Year's Eve party in the San Diego Zoo's Children's Zoo. 1960.

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Your support is vital to maintaining our commitment to informative programs and inclusive exhibits. Join us in sparking ...
12/31/2023

Your support is vital to maintaining our commitment to informative programs and inclusive exhibits.

Join us in sparking curiosity and preserving the rich history of our region. Make an impact through your contribution today, enter the link: https://bit.ly/41cBcZJ

This image tells a story of unity, heritage, and the vibrant traditions that shape this festive season.Kokayi Lumumba li...
12/26/2023

This image tells a story of unity, heritage, and the vibrant traditions that shape this festive season.

Kokayi Lumumba lighting a candle in celebration of Kwanzaa. 1965.

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[Kwanzaa Joy, Cultural Heritage, Traditions]

Celebrate the magic of Christmas through the lens of history.Our Photo Collections reveal the joy, wonder, and timeless ...
12/25/2023

Celebrate the magic of Christmas through the lens of history.
Our Photo Collections reveal the joy, wonder, and timeless traditions of Christmas Day.

Balboa Park - lighting of Christmas tree. 1965.

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Step back in time with us as we unveil a gallery of historical photos capturing the essence of December's holidays. From...
12/22/2023

Step back in time with us as we unveil a gallery of historical photos capturing the essence of December's holidays. From festive gatherings to joyous moments, each image tells a story of the timeless traditions that have shaped our community.
Christmas, Mrs. Clarence Stockton. 1955.

Barkers Family Group. 1930.

Fishbein's family celebrates the Jewish holiday. 1964.

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Explore San Diego’s rich heritage on a journey through time at the Junípero Serra Museum.View all ongoing exhibits at ht...
12/21/2023

Explore San Diego’s rich heritage on a journey through time at the Junípero Serra Museum.

View all ongoing exhibits at https://bit.ly/3qytbR2



[Junípero Serra Museum, Exhibitions, San Diego History]

🤝 Your Support, Our Strength.Our commitment to preserving San Diego's history stands unwavering. Your tax deductible con...
12/12/2023

🤝 Your Support, Our Strength.

Our commitment to preserving San Diego's history stands unwavering. Your tax deductible contribution ensures that our legacy not only endures, but flourishes.

Together, we spark curiosity and inspire understanding of our shared past and future. You can contribute at https://bit.ly/41cBcZJ

Hanukkah (Chanukah), the Jewish eight-day “festival of lights” is celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, adding a f...
12/12/2023

Hanukkah (Chanukah), the Jewish eight-day “festival of lights” is celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, adding a flame each night with special prayers, dreidel playing, and fried foods ✨🕎

In 1960, the Zajd Family marks the beginning of Hanukkah - San Diego History Center Photo Collection.

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[Hanukkah Lights, Festival Of Traditions]

Join us on Thursday, December 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Member Research Day. This exclusive opportunity is FR...
12/07/2023

Join us on Thursday, December 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Member Research Day. This exclusive opportunity is FREE for San Diego History Center members and only $25 for the public.

Don't miss this opportunity to take a trip back in time, check out all the details at https://bit.ly/46GMwyF



[San Diego History, Community, Learn]

12/07/2023

Fantastic! Thanks to our advocates and Councilmembers Moreno and Campillo for making Penny for Arts and Culture more than a concept - it is our future! We look forward to this being reflected in the Mayor's budget. This is a momentous, unanimous vote for the City!
Councilmember Raul Campillo
Vivian Moreno
Space 4 Art
The New Children's Museum
Fleet Science Center
Comic-Con Museum
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
San Diego Youth Symphony
Spreckels Organ Society Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Kimberly Art Show
San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition
San Diego Museum Council
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Asian Story Theater
Mid-City CAN (Community Advocacy Network)
The Old Globe
San Diego Junior Theatre
MOXIE Theatre

Experience the celebration of light festivals from around the world at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park! Disc...
12/07/2023

Experience the celebration of light festivals from around the world at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park! Discover the significance of Diwali, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Yaldā Night, Dongzhi Festival, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Día de Los Reyes through interactive crafts available for all ages. This event will run from December 6 to December 31 during open hours.

Discover more in the link at https://bit.ly/3t4RcjY

History Center Holidays: A Season of Festive Joy! Immerse yourself in the magic of the season at the San Diego History C...
12/06/2023

History Center Holidays: A Season of Festive Joy!

Immerse yourself in the magic of the season at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. Celebrate the holidays with us as we weave stories, traditions, and joy into every moment. Join the festivities—ending January 2, 2024!




[San Diego History, Holidays, Traditions]

Have you heard the news? The San Diego History Center is excited and proud to share we are a 2023 Prebys Foundation gran...
12/05/2023

Have you heard the news? The San Diego History Center is excited and proud to share we are a 2023 Prebys Foundation grantee! As stewards of our region's history we seek to create a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive community by connecting the past to the present and future of the San Diego region.

Sandra Day Connor (d. Dec 1, 2023) was the first woman to hold the position of Supreme Court Justice. The Lawyers Club o...
12/05/2023

Sandra Day Connor (d. Dec 1, 2023) was the first woman to hold the position of Supreme Court Justice. The Lawyers Club of San Diego hosted her at their 2014 annual dinner.

Come and learn why it's important for there to be women in the judiciary at our exhibition To Advance the Status of Women in Law and Society: Lawyers Club at 50 Years.

The History Center presents engaging, family-friendly exhibitions with participatory activities that tell the remarkable...
12/01/2023

The History Center presents engaging, family-friendly exhibitions with participatory activities that tell the remarkable stories of our region – past, present, and future. We also offer popular public programs and special events.

Experience history come alive. Visit us and step into the heart of San Diego's heritage.

11/24/2023

🌺 Poinsettia Paradise Unveiled!

Get ready to be dazzled! Explore the captivating world of Poinsettias at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. Marvel at the artistry of over 400 live plants, illuminating our space with vibrant hues and festive cheer.

Dive into the heart of San Diego's holiday traditions and let the season’s magic surround you. Take advantage of this blooming spectacle! 🌟🎁

Dive into the past and witness the timeless charm of Thanksgiving Day. Each image tells a story of gratitude, warmth, an...
11/23/2023

Dive into the past and witness the timeless charm of Thanksgiving Day. Each image tells a story of gratitude, warmth, and the enduring spirit of this cherished day.

Camp Kearny - Thanksgiving. 1918.

Set table for Thanksgiving.

Browse more images in the San Diego History Center's Photo Collection by visiting https://bit.ly/3Oh1y83

Happy Thanksgiving - San Diego Style.On Thanksgiving Day in 1962 this family celebrated the holiday with a picnic dinner...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving - San Diego Style.

On Thanksgiving Day in 1962 this family celebrated the holiday with a picnic dinner in Balboa Park.
From right to left, the individuals are identified as James Haney,4; Vern McKee; Gene McKeown; Toni McKeown; Mary Jean McKeown, 3; Mrs. Vern McKeown; Joy Mckee.

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Behold a timeless treasure from our Photo Collections: the vibrant spectacle of the Mother Goose. This image captures th...
11/19/2023

Behold a timeless treasure from our Photo Collections: the vibrant spectacle of the Mother Goose. This image captures the essence of a bygone era, where the streets were adorned with beautiful floats and the spirit of a community celebration thrived.

Mother Goose Parade - El Cajon - 1955

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Your history, our legacy. Help us preserve the vibrant history of San Diego's past. 🏛️✨We welcome donations of photograp...
11/18/2023

Your history, our legacy. Help us preserve the vibrant history of San Diego's past. 🏛️✨

We welcome donations of photographs, documents, artwork, and artifacts that align with our mission. Each piece contributes to educating, enriching, and fostering civic pride in our community.

Join us and be a guardian of our heritage. To learn more about how you can donate, visit https://bit.ly/3syUCeE

Step back in time and witness the beauty of old San Diego. Which place fascinates you the most? 🌟 San Diego Civic Center...
11/17/2023

Step back in time and witness the beauty of old San Diego. Which place fascinates you the most? 🌟

San Diego Civic Center, County Administration Building 1946

Old San Diego Public Library, 1900 or later.

San Diego Women's Club House, 1935

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In the heart of San Diego, Hillcrest stands as a vibrant testament of acceptance, diversity, and the celebration of all ...
11/16/2023

In the heart of San Diego, Hillcrest stands as a vibrant testament of acceptance, diversity, and the celebration of all walks of life. Known for its rich LGBTQ+ community, eclectic mix of races, nationalities, and social classes, Hillcrest embodies the spirit of tolerance and unity. This is Hillcrest, then and now!

Hillcrest, 5th and University, 1940's.

Photo of Hillcrest Sign by Taylor Rooney, 2019.

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Immerse your guests in iconic San Diego by hosting your private event at the historic Junípero Serra Museum.From wedding...
11/16/2023

Immerse your guests in iconic San Diego by hosting your private event at the historic Junípero Serra Museum.

From weddings to corporate retreats, our iconic venue sets the stage for extraordinary memories.

For inquiries and consultations, contact us at [email protected] or call 619-232-6203 x109.

Let's make your event as timeless as the city it overlooks. 🏛️✨

Dive into the heart of San Diego's artistic soul at our Be Here Now exhibition! 🖼️Journey through visual narratives that...
11/15/2023

Dive into the heart of San Diego's artistic soul at our Be Here Now exhibition! 🖼️

Journey through visual narratives that explore profound questions about our community: What does it mean to belong? How does our land shape our lives? What dreams of utopia fuel our imagination? 🌍

Experience art as a doorway to understanding, connection, and change. Be present, be curious, and let the conversation begin. Visit our Be Here Now exhibition today! 🏛️🔍

https://bit.ly/3uiNAv5

Thank you Veterans. Honoring all who served.From the San Diego History Center Photo Collection. November 11, 1921. Soldi...
11/12/2023

Thank you Veterans. Honoring all who served.
From the San Diego History Center Photo Collection. November 11, 1921. Soldiers and a Thomas Morse Scout airplane cross the Cabrillo Bridge during 3rd Anniversary of Armistice Day Parade in Balboa Park. Armistice Day is now called Veterans Day and is celebrated on November 11th. It marks the end of World War I.

Join us on Tuesday, November 14th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for Member Research Day. This exclusive opportunity is FREE ...
11/09/2023

Join us on Tuesday, November 14th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for Member Research Day. This exclusive opportunity is FREE for SDHC Members and only $25 for the general public.

Don't miss out on this chance to take a trip into the past!



[San Diego History, Community, Learn]

Join us Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30 - 8:00 PM to celebrate the premiere of a book that encapsulates the essence of San D...
10/30/2023

Join us Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30 - 8:00 PM to celebrate the premiere of a book that encapsulates the essence of San Diego Modern design.

Keith York, architectural historian, takes us through the influential career of Sim Bruce Richards in his captivating monograph.

🥂 Enjoy light refreshments while while exploring historic materials from the Research Archives.

🎟️ SDHC Members: Complimentary entry!
🎟️ Non-Members: $20.00

Book available for purchase at the event. Meet, greet, and learn from the author himself.

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3tKWjWB

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1649 El Prado, Ste 3
San Diego, CA
92101

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Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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