Publication Date

July 14, 2009

San Diego Historical SocietyIn January 2010, the AHA annual meeting will be held in San Diego for the first time. In anticipation of this historic (so to speak) event, check out the web site of the San Diego Historical Society.

The San Diego Historical Society maintains four* two unique museums in southern California: the Museum of San Diego History and the Junipero Serra Museum (one of San Diego’s most familiar landmarks, located in Presidio Park), the George White & Anna Gunn Marston House, and Villa Montezuma*. The Museum of San Diego History, located in Balboa Park, is the headquarters of the society. Here are the exhibitions that chronicle San Diego’s diverse history, as well as the society’s research library, home to over 45 million pieces of paper and 2.5 million images that document the people, places, and events of San Diego’s past. The museum is closed on Mondays, but open 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday. The second Tuesday of each month has free admission (that would be January 12, 2010, two days after the annual meeting). The web site calendar provides details on upcoming events at the Museum of San Diego History.

Check out the current exhibits at the Museum of San Diego History by browsing the current exhibitions page on the web site. For one exhibit, “Dressing a City: Selected Styles from Marston’s Department Store, 1878-1961,” there are additional photographs from the museum that can be clicked through. While there’s nothing there now, bookmark the upcoming exhibitions page to track what will be on display when we arrive in January 2010.

Researchers will want to visit the Collections and Online Resources pages to get started on preparing a research agenda for their annual meeting trip. The Online Resources page has an archive of photographs and documents, and the back issues of the society’s quarterly, the Journal of San Diego History. Be sure also to visit the society’s education resources for various ages, linked on the sidebar.

*UPDATE:The San Diego Historical Society no longer operates the Marston House nor the Villa Montezuma. The web site of the Marston House Museum and Gardens is now See the web site for an updated schedule and more information.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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