San Diego History Center

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Our museum in #BalboaPark is open on Thursdays through August. You now have an extra day to enjoy our exhibitions, displ...
08/05/2021

Our museum in #BalboaPark is open on Thursdays through August. You now have an extra day to enjoy our exhibitions, displays and an award winning film on #BalboaPark.

Stop in and see us- it's COOL inside.

Summer Days/Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- 11a - 4p

stop in and see us. #sandiegohistory #sandiegohistorycenter #museum #masksrequired

Our museum in #BalboaPark is open on Thursdays through August. You now have an extra day to enjoy our exhibitions, displays and an award winning film on #BalboaPark.

Stop in and see us- it's COOL inside.

Summer Days/Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- 11a - 4p

stop in and see us. #sandiegohistory #sandiegohistorycenter #museum #masksrequired

The San Diego History Center in the heart of Balboa Park is open TODAY (Thursday). This gives you an additional day to e...
07/29/2021

The San Diego History Center in the heart of Balboa Park is open TODAY (Thursday).

This gives you an additional day to experience the exhibition, LGBTQ+ SAN DIEGO: STORIES OF STRUGGLES + TRIUMPHS before it closes this Sunday.

#sandiegopride2021 #sandiegolgbtqhistory #sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #balboapark

The San Diego History Center in the heart of Balboa Park is open TODAY (Thursday).

This gives you an additional day to experience the exhibition, LGBTQ+ SAN DIEGO: STORIES OF STRUGGLES + TRIUMPHS before it closes this Sunday.

#sandiegopride2021 #sandiegolgbtqhistory #sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #balboapark

In case you missed it: July 16th Story in the Voice of San Diego on the work and life of Lillian Faderman. Lillian curat...
07/22/2021
The ‘Mother of Le***an History’ Looks Back — and Forward

In case you missed it:
July 16th Story in the Voice of San Diego on the work and life of Lillian Faderman.
Lillian curated the LGBTQA+ exhibition at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park which closes on August 1.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about milestones and leaders in local LGBTQ+ history like Lillian.

#balboapark #sandiegohistory #sandiegohistorycenter #sandiegopride2021 #sandiegolgbtqhistory #lgbtq #livinglegends

Lillian Faderman’s work has transformed our understanding of the LGBT community’s past.

Rd Riccoboni, a local artist located in Spanish Village Art Center Balboa Park and the Studio Door Art Gallery, in San D...
07/21/2021

Rd Riccoboni, a local artist located in Spanish Village Art Center Balboa Park and the Studio Door Art Gallery, in San Diego CA has three paintings featured in the LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. See them as part of this landmark exhibition before it closes on August 1.

#balboapark #sandiegohistory #sandiegoartist #lgbtqhistory #prideweek2021

Rd Riccoboni, a local artist located in Spanish Village Art Center Balboa Park and the Studio Door Art Gallery, in San Diego CA has three paintings featured in the LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. See them as part of this landmark exhibition before it closes on August 1.

#balboapark #sandiegohistory #sandiegoartist #lgbtqhistory #prideweek2021

As you celebrate San Diego PRIDE month, be sure to stop in to experience our history making exhibit, LGBTQ+ San Diego: S...
07/19/2021

As you celebrate San Diego PRIDE month, be sure to stop in to experience our history making exhibit, LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park before it closes on August 1.

Several local LBGTQ+ leaders are recognized including Jude Patton:

Jude Patton is one of the open and out pioneer trans men in the U.S., completing his transition in 1973. He founded
Renaissance Gender Identity Services and edited a newsletter, Renaissance, in the early 1970s. He was joined by Joanna Clark, and the organization later became known as J2CP Information Services. Patton and Clark also worked with William Heard, Ph.D., in founding Gender Dysphoria Group of Orange County, which provided group counseling services for trans- and gender non-conforming-identified clients in Dana Point for more than 20 years. Patton had a private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, s*x educator, and s*x therapist in Santa Ana. He was a frequent media interviewee and regular guest speaker on transgender issues in colleges throughout the
Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego regions. Patton has
remained an educator, counselor, and therapist, presenting
at many LGBTQ+ and trans conferences in the U.S. He currently resides in Yuba City, California.

Visit our website - sandiegohistory.org - for information on our hours, programs, and exhibitions.

#sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #balboapark #sandiegopride #prideweek2021 #lgbtqcommunity #lgbtqhistory

As you celebrate San Diego PRIDE month, be sure to stop in to experience our history making exhibit, LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park before it closes on August 1.

Several local LBGTQ+ leaders are recognized including Jude Patton:

Jude Patton is one of the open and out pioneer trans men in the U.S., completing his transition in 1973. He founded
Renaissance Gender Identity Services and edited a newsletter, Renaissance, in the early 1970s. He was joined by Joanna Clark, and the organization later became known as J2CP Information Services. Patton and Clark also worked with William Heard, Ph.D., in founding Gender Dysphoria Group of Orange County, which provided group counseling services for trans- and gender non-conforming-identified clients in Dana Point for more than 20 years. Patton had a private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, s*x educator, and s*x therapist in Santa Ana. He was a frequent media interviewee and regular guest speaker on transgender issues in colleges throughout the
Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego regions. Patton has
remained an educator, counselor, and therapist, presenting
at many LGBTQ+ and trans conferences in the U.S. He currently resides in Yuba City, California.

Visit our website - sandiegohistory.org - for information on our hours, programs, and exhibitions.

#sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #balboapark #sandiegopride #prideweek2021 #lgbtqcommunity #lgbtqhistory

Happy 252nd birthday, Contemporary San Diego@SanDiegoHistoryCenter #SDHC #BalboaPark #happybirthday #sandiego  (Photo: @...
07/16/2021

Happy 252nd birthday, Contemporary San Diego

@SanDiegoHistoryCenter #SDHC #BalboaPark #happybirthday #sandiego (Photo: @visitsandiego)
@visitsandiego
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Happy 252nd birthday, Contemporary San Diego

@SanDiegoHistoryCenter #SDHC #BalboaPark #happybirthday #sandiego (Photo: @visitsandiego)
@visitsandiego
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As you celebrate San Diego PRIDE month, be sure to stop in to experience our history making exhibit, LGBTQ+ San Diego: S...
07/13/2021

As you celebrate San Diego PRIDE month, be sure to stop in to experience our history making exhibit, LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park before it closes on August 1.

Several local LBGTQ+ leaders are recognized including
Jen LaBarbera. Jen currently serves as the Education and Advocacy Manager at San Diego Pride, where she manages the organization’s community partnerships, education and advocacy programs, and international diplomacy work.

LaBarbera has been an active member of the Center’s Young Professionals Council since 2015, graduated from the YPC Academy in 2017, and served as Co-Chair of YPC’s Executive Committee from 2017 to 2018.

Previously, LaBarbera spent three years as the Head Archivist at Lambda Archives of San Diego, where she collected, preserved, and taught the LGBTQ+ history of San Diego, the Imperial Valley, and northern Baja California. Prior to her work in the library and archives field in Colorado, Boston, and San Diego, she spent 10 years working as a political and community organizer for reproductive justice in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Massachusetts.

As a writer, LaBarbera has had two pieces published in anthologies focused on LGBTQ+ survivors and mental health. She received her BA in the Study of Women and Gender and Government from Smith College and her MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.

Visit our website - sandiegohistory.org - for information on our hours, programs, and exhibitions.

#sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #balboapark #sandiegopride #prideweek2021 #lgbtqcommunity #lgbtqhistory

As you celebrate San Diego PRIDE month, be sure to stop in to experience our history making exhibit, LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park before it closes on August 1.

Several local LBGTQ+ leaders are recognized including
Jen LaBarbera. Jen currently serves as the Education and Advocacy Manager at San Diego Pride, where she manages the organization’s community partnerships, education and advocacy programs, and international diplomacy work.

LaBarbera has been an active member of the Center’s Young Professionals Council since 2015, graduated from the YPC Academy in 2017, and served as Co-Chair of YPC’s Executive Committee from 2017 to 2018.

Previously, LaBarbera spent three years as the Head Archivist at Lambda Archives of San Diego, where she collected, preserved, and taught the LGBTQ+ history of San Diego, the Imperial Valley, and northern Baja California. Prior to her work in the library and archives field in Colorado, Boston, and San Diego, she spent 10 years working as a political and community organizer for reproductive justice in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Massachusetts.

As a writer, LaBarbera has had two pieces published in anthologies focused on LGBTQ+ survivors and mental health. She received her BA in the Study of Women and Gender and Government from Smith College and her MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.

Visit our website - sandiegohistory.org - for information on our hours, programs, and exhibitions.

#sandiegohistory #SanDiegoHistoryCenter #balboapark #sandiegopride #prideweek2021 #lgbtqcommunity #lgbtqhistory

Coming up next Tuesday- July 13 at noon on Zoom for the San Diego 101:  History of Our Region virtual discussion:  "Hill...
07/08/2021

Coming up next Tuesday- July 13 at noon on Zoom for the San Diego 101: History of Our Region virtual discussion: "Hillcrest: A Town to Call Home"

Hillcrest, one of San Diego’s earliest neighborhoods north of City (Balboa) Park, was founded as Hillcrest in 1907, attractive to young families because of affordable housing and easy access to downtown by local electric railway. Learn how Hillcrest has changed, becoming a vibrant area with a rich past recognized with great pride.

Presenter: 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.

Date/Time: July 13, 2021 12pm-1pm
RSVP today >>>> https://bit.ly/SD101JulyHillcrest

Coming up next Tuesday- July 13 at noon on Zoom for the San Diego 101: History of Our Region virtual discussion: "Hillcrest: A Town to Call Home"

Hillcrest, one of San Diego’s earliest neighborhoods north of City (Balboa) Park, was founded as Hillcrest in 1907, attractive to young families because of affordable housing and easy access to downtown by local electric railway. Learn how Hillcrest has changed, becoming a vibrant area with a rich past recognized with great pride.

Presenter: 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.

Date/Time: July 13, 2021 12pm-1pm
RSVP today >>>> https://bit.ly/SD101JulyHillcrest

07/05/2021

If you're out and about today, our museum in Balboa Park will be open today (7/5) from 11a to 4p. You can experience the LGBTQ+ SAN DIEGO: STORIES OF STRUGGLES + TRIUMPHS exhibition before it closes at the end of this month as well as the Nathan Harrison, REVEALED and Fashion Redux exhibitions. Have a safe holiday and we hope to see you. #balboapark #sandiegohistory #sandiegopride #SanDiegoHistoryCenter

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

Address

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

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

Telephone

(619) 232-6203

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Does anyone remember this club in San Diego. It's the first gay club I ever went to in the 1970's
"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.