Head to the San Diego History Center from January 31 – March 31 for a glimpse at a piece of San Diego history — the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
The definitive commemorative exhibition of the 1915 Exposition is set in a framework of innovation as an event and as a showcase of innovations in commerce, industry, agriculture and arts/culture during that era. Both celebratory and educational, the exhibition will demonstrate the legacy of the 1915 Expo that put San Diego on the map, created the nation’s largest urban cultural park, promoted Southern California as a land of optimism and opportunity, and fostered internationalism.
Visitors will “Make & Take” plaster casts of the Spanish colonial architectural façade and electronically record what they would place in a 2015 time capsule to be buried at the close of 2015.
The San Diego History Center tells the diverse story of our region – past, present, and future – educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride.
In 2028, its centennial year, the San Diego History Center will be a widely recognized and esteemed civic institution and an essential part of the cultural lifeblood of our community. Serving 200,000 visitors and 10,000 members annually, we will foster an informed citizenry with a greater understanding of our shared heritage through our educational and public programs, exhibitions, and collections. By providing opportunities for people to connect and gain a better understanding of the diverse cultures that comprise our bi-national region, we will engender pride of place and raise community consciousness for the benefit of future generations.
Our dynamic exhibitions and updated facilities at both the San Diego History Center and the Serra Museum will become must-see visitor destinations. We will use state-of-the-art technology to ensure that our greatly expanded collections are widely accessible. We will have an ample operating budget and a substantial endowment, enabling the History Center to be fully sustainable. We will continue to be the primary resource for San Diego history, a vibrant hub of community activity and an essential educational center for lifetime learning for all ages and all members of the community.
Our organization is a member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 arts, science and culture institutions in Balboa Park. By working together we produce major outcomes that no single organization could achieve alone.
San Diego History Center (SDHC) was founded by George W. Marston in 1928, then as the San Diego Historical Society (SDHS). Marston stated that the objective of the Historical Society was “for the discovery, collection and preservation of books, pamphlets, maps, genealogies, portraits, paintings, relics, manuscripts, letters, journals, surveys, field books and any and all other books, articles or materials which may establish or illustrate the history of Western America, particularly the County of San Diego and the State of California, and the publication and dissemination of such historical matter as this corporation may authorize.”
SDHC’s core programs and services include: exhibitions; educational programs; the operation of a research library; and scholarly publications. Permanent and changing exhibitions interpret the history of San Diego from the period prior to European settlement to the present.