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Operating as usual

11/14/2020

Though our physical museums have been temporarily closed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, we will be out on the Prado today sharing holiday gift ideas. If you're out enjoying the beautiful fall day, stop by and see us on the Prado in Balboa Park -- from 11a - 3p.

#holidayshopping #uniquegiftideas #sandiegohistory #sandiego #balboapark

11/14/2020
SDHC Holiday Shopping on the Prado -- November 14 & 15

Though our physical museums have been temporarily closed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, we will be out on the Prado today sharing holiday gift ideas. If you're out enjoying the beautiful fall day, stop by and see us on the Prado in Balboa Park -- from 11a - 3p.

#holidayshopping #uniquegiftideas #sandiegohistory #sandiego #balboapark #ontheprado

On Veterans Day, we recognize the courage and sacrifice of the people who have served in the U.S. armed forces and the f...
11/11/2020

On Veterans Day, we recognize the courage and sacrifice of the people who have served in the U.S. armed forces and the families, including the children, who have served alongside them. ⁠

We respect and thank them for their contributions to peace and freedom, and hold space for the memory of those heroes no longer with us. ⁠

#sandiegohistory #balboapark #VeteransDay #thankyouforyourservice #sandiego

Featured Artist:  Spar Street This painting, newly acquired by SDHC, is a representation of Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- ), a ...
11/04/2020

Featured Artist: Spar Street

This painting, newly acquired by SDHC, is a representation of Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- ), a Zen Buddhist monk a globally recognized and respected religious figure that established Deer Park Monastery, a 400-acre sanctuary in Escondido, San Diego, California. In addition to devoting his life to advocating for global peace and non-violent protests, Thich Nhat Hanh overcame brutal political and social unrest in his native Vietnam and was nominated for a Nobel Peace by his friend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This painting was commissioned and donated to SDHC by local San Diegan, Marshall Goldsmith, an internationally renowned Executive Coach, former Professor and University Dean. A devout philosophical Buddhist and practitioner of mindfulness and meditation, many of Mr. Goldsmith’s professional teachings are based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.

The portrait’s artist, Spar Street is an American contemporary artist who specializes in mixed media large-scale works on canvas and sculpture. His artistic practice can be described as a combination of two dominant styles that originated in the late 20th century, abstraction and expressionism which are largely, but not exclusively, defined by the exaggerated use of color and movement to evoke specific self-referential emotion.

This work is in the exhibition Revealed: The San Diego History Center’s Fine Art Collection. Revealed, with nearly 100 works of art from the SDHC collection, focuses exclusively on works about San Diego or by San Diego artists and provides a glimpse into the history of collecting at the History Center. Revealed comprises some of the most widely practiced genres of art: portraiture, landscapes, still life, and representations of the nude body in art. Scenes of everyday life, which symbolize larger concepts of national spirit, pride, and identity appear throughout the exhibition, spanning eras and styles. Come and experience this dynamic new revelation of our Fine Art Collection at our Balboa Park location Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Credit: Spar Street (1963 -) Thich Nhat Hanh in Prayer, Oil on canvas, 21st c., 2020.35 Gift of Drs. Marshall and Lyda Goldsmith

San Diego 101: The History of Our RegionThis Zoom webinar series of hour-long presentations will be led monthly by SDHC ...
11/03/2020

San Diego 101: The History of Our Region
This Zoom webinar series of hour-long presentations will be led monthly by SDHC Community Historian Barry Goldlust. Barry is a dedicated volunteer who is passionate about bringing San Diego history to life.

Tuesday, November 10
Noon-1 pm on Zoom
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Old Town to New Town: The Development of San Diego

Before it was the second largest city in California, San Diego was a small Mexican pueblo. As the demographics quickly changed with statehood, however, the pueblo did not meet the needs of the new population. This presentation explores the geographical shift from Old Town to New Town – as well as the cultural and economic implications of the move.

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Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!Here's a great photograph by Norman Baynard of children dressed up to celebrate...
11/01/2020

Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!
Here's a great photograph by Norman Baynard of children dressed up to celebrate Halloween, c. 1950.

Baynard operated a commercial studio in Logan Heights for over 40 years where he documented the social, political and religious life of the San Diego’s African American community (1908–1986).
Read more >>> http://ow.ly/4SaM305o0Au #sandiegohistory #halloween #normanbaynard #baynard #loganheights #communityphotography #sdcommunitites #historicphoto #balboapark

We’re a week away from #ElectionDay. In partnership with our @BalboaPark neighbor @mopasd, we’re using our platform this...
10/29/2020

We’re a week away from #ElectionDay. In partnership with our @BalboaPark neighbor @mopasd, we’re using our platform this week to remind you that your voice matters and your vote counts. 🗳️⁣

𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭:⁣
Bruce Davidson, 𝘜𝘚𝘈. 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢, 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘮𝘢. 𝟷𝟿𝟼𝟻. 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘓𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘒𝘐𝘕𝘎 𝘑𝘳. 𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘮𝘢 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘨𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘴𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦., 1965, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts. Gift of an anonymous donor. © Bruce Davidson, courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery.⁣

𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭⁣
From the fight for civil rights across American’s south to Harlem’s changing landscape in 1970’s New York, Bruce Davidson’s work provides perspectives on key events that shaped the U.S. in the 20th century.⁣

𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐌𝐎𝐏𝐀'𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧:⁣⁣
The Museum’s permanent collection offers a rich photographic heritage, both as an expressive medium and a documentary record. ⁣⁣
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The collection’s more than 9,000 images include works by Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Stieglitz, and Ruth Bernhard among other photographers, and a wealth of representative examples of different photographic styles, genres and techniques— from early 19th century daguerreotypes and albumen prints to pictorialism, cutting-edge documentary and photojournalism, and digitally constructed imagery.⁣⁣

#voting #vote #election #elections #democracy #votingmatters #votingrights #electionday #registertovote #ivoted #govote #voterregistration #civilrights #votebymail #voter #votingday #BruceDavidson #Selma #MartinLutherKINGJr #MLKJR #SelmatoMontgomery #blacksuffrage #gelatinsilverprint @explorebalboapark ⁣ #balboapark #historicphoto

Happening NOW at the San Diego History Center
10/22/2020
Happening NOW at the San Diego History Center

Happening NOW at the San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center virtual discussions, including the October 10th event commemorating the centennial of the passing of Nathan Harrison, are available on the San Diego History Center YouTube Channel.   The latest discussion, Nathan Harrison: The Man Behind the Legend, marked the first in a se...

This #IndigenousPeoplesDay2020, The San Diego History Center acknowledges that modern San Diego County is built upon the...
10/12/2020

This #IndigenousPeoplesDay2020, The San Diego History Center acknowledges that modern San Diego County is built upon the unceded native homelands of the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cahuilla, Cupeño and Juaneño. We acknowledge and thank these Indigenous communities and activists who partner with us to ensure their histories and culture continue to thrive.

Pictured here are Kumeyaay veterans at the raising of the Kumeyaay Nation flag at the Serra Museum in Presidio Park, July 16, 2019.

Friends of Balboa Park
10/07/2020

Friends of Balboa Park

Calling all educators and parents! The Balboa Park Educator’s Council has brought together 12 institutions to share resources, funding opportunities, and programs to increase student engagement in a virtual "Balboa Park Educator Hour" on 10/13 at 3:30 p.m. Whether you are a parent teaching from home or an instructor back at school, get a sneak peak of free new programming, field trips, remote workshops, and funding sources. Enter to win FREE t-shirts, materials, and virtual field trips or workshops for your class! The event is FREE to attend, but RSVPs are required. We are here to help! https://bit.ly/3ixJLXl #BalboaPark #Education #RemoteLearning

WOW! Reposted from @evgenyyorobephotographyFall #HarvestMoon rising over the Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park. Sho...
10/07/2020

WOW!
Reposted from
@evgenyyorobephotography
Fall #HarvestMoon rising over the Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park. Shot at 600mm from near Sea World, the moon and foreground are one single exposure and not a composite. A second long exposure was blended in for the light trails only. Shooting with @jbahuphotos and @ghomphotographysd #ScenicSanDiego #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #BalboaPark #photography

10/03/2020

We're open this weekend. Stop in and see us if you're out and about...

REVEALED: THE SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER’S FINE ART COLLECTIONA beautiful new exhibition at the San Diego History Center w...
09/25/2020
A fine art salon at the San Diego History Center!

REVEALED: THE SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER’S FINE ART COLLECTION
A beautiful new exhibition at the San Diego History Center which not only exclusively features works about San Diego or by San Diego artists, it also provides a glimpse into the history of collecting at the History Center, revealing a vibrant story of emerging tastes and styles in San Diego. See it this weekend at our museum in #BalboaPark - Friday, Saturday or Sunday 11a - 4p.

Several museums in Balboa Park have reopened this Labor Day weekend. Among them is one of my favorite destinations–the San Diego History Center. I ventured inside the museum this afternoon an…

In honor of the San Diego @Padres going to the Post Season for the first time since 2006, check out this photo of the ba...
09/24/2020

In honor of the San Diego @Padres going to the Post Season for the first time since 2006, check out this photo of the baseball team in 1936! ⚾️ ⚾️
Shop our photo store for more fun, historic images, like this one, of downtown San Diego, communities throughout the county, people, buildings and events. ➡️ https://photostore.sandiegohistory.org
#SanDiegoHistory #SanDiegoPadres #SanDiegoPadresBaseball #HistoricPhotos #PostSeason #HistoryHappeningNow

Coming up next week: San Diego 101:  History of our RegionVirtual Discussion Tuesday, September 15, noon- 1pmSettling th...
09/10/2020

Coming up next week:

San Diego 101: History of our Region
Virtual Discussion

Tuesday, September 15, noon- 1pm
Settling the San Diego Mission and Presidio
As the first permanent European settlement in Alta California, the founding of the mission and
presidio in San Diego was a major turning point in the history of the region. Mission San Diego
de Alcalá and Presidio de San Diego were the products of an expanding Spanish empire that
would bring new people to the region; alter the Native cultures; and introduce new foods,
animals, and technology.

About the Speaker
Barry Goldlust is a former pharmaceutical researcher and, since 2014, a volunteer docent at the San Diego History Center, and our first graduate of the Community Historian Program. Community Historians are trained volunteers who bring their passion for San Diego history to your community meetings and organizations through informative talks. Our speakers can introduce visitors and tourists to San Diego history or else dive deep into the details of a unique San Diego topic.

Sign up today: http://bit.ly/SD101SEPT

Our team is busy preparing for our reopening on September 4, and we want to be sure you know what to expect when you ret...
09/03/2020

Our team is busy preparing for our reopening on September 4, and we want to be sure you know what to expect when you return to the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park and the Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park.

😷 In accordance with state and city regulations, face coverings are required for guests and staff.​⁣
↔️ Please remain 6+ feet away from anyone not in your party.​⁣
🧼 High-touch surfaces will routinely be cleaned by museum staff.​⁣
👐 Hand sanitizer will be available.​⁣

See you soon.

San Diego 101: The History of Our RegionThis Zoom webinar series of hour-long presentations will be led monthly by SDHC ...
09/01/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: San Diego – Settling the San Diego Mission and Presidio. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

San Diego 101: The History of Our Region

This Zoom webinar series of hour-long presentations will be led monthly by SDHC Community Historian Barry Goldlust. Barry is a dedicated volunteer who is passionate about bringing San Diego history to life.

The September Presentation is scheduled for:
Tuesday, September 13
Noon-1pm on Zoom

Settling the San Diego Mission and Presidio
As the first permanent European settlement in Alta California, the founding of the mission and presidio in San Diego was a major turning point in the history of the region. Mission San Diego de Alcalá and the Presidio de San Diego were the products of an expanding Spanish empire that would bring new people to the region; alter the Native cultures; and introduce new foods, animals, and technology.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY!
Guests will receive a confirmation message following sign-up.

As the first permanent European settlement in Alta California, the founding of the mission and presidio in San Diego was a major turning point in the history of the region. Mission San Diego de Alcalá and Presidio de San Diego were the products of an expanding Spanish empire that would bring new pe...

Jackie Thompson-Dunn, San Diego's first female, Black Olympian donated her prized Olympic number to the San Diego Histor...
08/30/2020

Jackie Thompson-Dunn, San Diego's first female, Black Olympian donated her prized Olympic number to the San Diego History Center.

Her story of generosity was covered by both CBS8 and The Voice and Viewpoint newspaper.

08/30/2020
Community Chat: The Long Journey to Suffrage (August 2020)

In case you missed it:
"The Long Journey To Suffrage" is now up on #SanDiegoHistoryCenter YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/Z5oocln18bE

This virtual conversation, led by History Center's Dr. Tina Zarpour, Samantha Alberts, and Leilani-Alontaga-Caithness, centered on about what suffrage means today, and how securing the right to vote has been a long struggle, that for some, continues to this day.

The discussion also highlighted Women in California, including a cadre of San Diego women, who were dedicated to the cause of women’s suffrage, (as well as larger social reforms) and helped pass California state suffrage in 1911.

Virtual Discussion: Tuesday, August 25 The Long Journey to Suffrage Women began to organize to advance the cause for women’s rights long before the passage o...

ICYMI:  Diane Bell, Columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune, featured the documentary project the #SanDiegoHistoryCent...
08/21/2020
Column: Modern explorer Harry Crosby shed light on Baja treasures

ICYMI: Diane Bell, Columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune, featured the documentary project the #SanDiegoHistoryCenter is co-producing on the explorer Harry Crosby of La Jolla. Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/SDUTHC

The film is now in post-production, having completed principal #photography in late 2019. The San Diego History Center has launched an #IndieGoGo campaign to raise the final $30,000 to bring it to completion.

Go to https://igg.me/at/harrycrosby/x#/ to see a preview of the final film and for more details on how to lend your support. #BajaCaliforniaHistory #BajaCalifornia #SanDiegoHistory #BalboaPark

Harry Crosby's extensive exploration, photos and research in Baja California are the subject of an upcoming documentary

Today is the #centennial anniversary of the #19thamendment guaranteeing #women's right to #vote! Join us, #JWFSanDiego, ...
08/18/2020

Today is the #centennial anniversary of the #19thamendment guaranteeing #women's right to #vote! Join us, #JWFSanDiego, @Hadassah, and the @SanDiegoHistory to celebrate with this special #AccessToInsight! Register now at https://bit.ly/JCFSDHC
#SanDiegoHistory #BalboaPark

San Diego 101: The History of our Region This new hour-long Zoom webinar series will be led monthly by SDHC Community Hi...
08/03/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: San Diego – It’s All About Diversity. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

San Diego 101: The History of our Region
This new hour-long Zoom webinar series will be led monthly by SDHC Community Historian Barry Goldlust. Barry is a dedicated volunteer who is passionate about bringing San Diego history to life.

First in this series:
Tuesday, August 11 -- Noon - 1:00p
San Diego: It’s All About Diversity!

This presentation begins by looking at the region’s original inhabitants, including the Kumeyaay, tracks the changes made by the arrival of the Spanish, the handover to the Mexican government following their declaration of independence from Spain, and the beginning of American control in the region. Also discussed will be the significant waves of migration that brought new people to the region, and the governmental policies and attitudes that shaped these new communities.
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Take an overview look at San Diego’s history, focusing particularly on the people living here. It begins by looking at the region’s original inhabitants, and tracks the changes made by the arrival of the Spanish, the change to Mexican government, and eventual American control. The presentation a...

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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!
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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.
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.
In NY:
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!