Through historical photographs, documents, clothing, textiles, art, and objects depicting everyday life, the San Diego History Center is the leading historical attraction in the city, and one of only a few institutions world-wide that shares the history of a major city!
On View on Sept. 29, 2012:
TUNA! Celebrating San Diego's Famous Fishing Industry showcases the tuna industry in San Diego over the course of 100 years, focusing on the era when San Diego was the world’s tuna fishing capital, from the 1920s until the 1960s.
Landscapes Rediscovered features rarely seen Depression-era landscape paintings from acclaimed San Diego artists Charles Reiffel, Maurice Braun, and others that feature familiar locations throughout San Diego County. Some of these historically significant works were commissioned by the federal government through the Works Progress Administration to beautify public spaces but have not been seen by the public in decades!
Creating an Artistic Basis: Local Artists Groups from the Early 20th Century features 40 works from San Diego History Center's collection. The exhibition includes oil works from San Diego's most celebrated artists - Charles Fries, Maurice Braun, Charles Reiffel, Belle Baranceanu, Edith White and more.
Place of Promise: Stories of San Diego features a beginning chronological history of the region from its indigenous beginnings to the 1870s. Exhibition highlights include the stories of individual people, places and events that shaped the early history of the city through historical photographs, clothing, objects, art and historical documents. Guests are encouraged to 'Walk On' San Diego with our expansive 30' X 30' foot map of San Diego County encompassing the center of the exhibition.
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