Arts, Culture, and Humanities

San Diego History Center

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.sandiegohistory.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. San Diego History Center School Programs
  2. Public Programs
  3. Collections and Research Library
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

SDHC serves all of San Diego County with it education programs and education outreach to schools. We also service the community at large with our research library and our scholarly journal, "The Journal of San Diego History". Both students and adults are served by our library.

ruling year

1952

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Ms Charlotte Cagan

Keywords

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San Diego History Center, San Diego Historical Society, Junipero Serra Museum,SDHC,San Diego History Center Research Library

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EIN

95-1728991

Also Known As

San Diego History Center

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In 2013-14, we presented the following exhibitions at our museum in Balboa Park: Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse: How the Military Shaped San Diego; Sin Diego: the Stingaree's Transformation from Vice to Nice; Nature Improved: San Diego Artists Interpret our Landscape in collaboration with the Oceanside Museum of Art; and Capturing the Light: Landscapes of Maurice Braun. Our oral history program expanded, with projects with students from Barrio Logan, Skyline and Diamond neighborhoods, as well as from High Tech High and La Jolla Country Day School.We also expanded access to our Research Library and Archives by uploading more photos to our online Collections Catalog and website store, providing development workshops for local historical societies, and increasing our oral history collection through our programs with schools. Expanding access and visibility of the Junipero Serra Museum also continued to be a priority. We hosted our 3rd Annual Open House of the Serra Museum this past summer. Increased education programs and tours of the site are in the works as well, allowing visitors to better appreciate the historic site. We worked diligently to prepare for this year's 2015 centennial of the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park, We are paying homage to this historic event with the following exhibitions under the theme of Celebrate San Diego! Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss (Nov. 22, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015); Masterworks of the Exposition Era (Jan. 15, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016); San Diego Invites the World: The 1915 Expo (Jan. 31, 2015 - Mar. 31, 2016); Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse: How the Military Shaped San Diego (Jan. 2015- Dec. 2015); Place of Promise (Oct. 31, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2017); Innovation Showcase (Jan. 2015-Dec. 2015); Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego (daily screenings).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

San Diego History Center School Programs

The San Diego Historical Society has a museum and its research and archives in San Diego's Balboa Park. The Society also operates the Junipero Serra Museum on Presidio Hill, site of the first European settlement on the West Coast. Both of these sites offer K-12 education programs. 1) San Diego Before Statehood at SDHC 2) Stores of San Diego at SDHC 3) Gallery Highlights at SDHC 4)Dressing the Part: Costume Design at the Old Globe at SDHC 5)Introduction to Historical Research at SDHC research library. We also provide outreach programs to schools.These are 1)San Diego Voices 2) Dirt Detectives 3)coming to California 5) History Case

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$150,000

Program 2

Public Programs

SDHC has several public programs; Lectures and Book Signings; Music Programs both at SDHC and the Serra museum; History for Half Pints (pre-school program) Movies.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

The cost to present all of these programs is $50,000

Program 3

Collections and Research Library

All of our collections have to be preserved and our library has to be available to the public for research purposes

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

The cost of preservation and running our library is 200,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

SDHC serves all of San Diego County with it education programs and education outreach to schools. We also service the community at large with our research library and our scholarly journal, "The Journal of San Diego History". Both students and adults are served by our library.

Funding Needs

1) Funds for 2015-16 exhibitions. 2) $100,000 for K-12 programs offered annually to 12,000 San Diego students. 3) $50,000 to upgrade the website. 4)$100,000 to renovate/upgrade the museum foyer/entry.6) Endowment funds to help strengthen our organization across all program areas.

Affiliations + Memberships

Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate

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SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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San Diego History Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms Charlotte Cagan

BIO

Ms. Cagan has been executive director of three non-profit cultural and educational institutions where she engaged in extensive strategic planning, fundraising and program development. She has also been a city official, executive director of a city women's commission and CEO of a Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her position at SDHC, Ms. Cagan completed a five-year tenure as Director of Marketing & Planning for Mingei International Museum, in Balboa Park, where she focused on strategic planning and audience development and headed the museum's AAM reaccreditation process. Ms. Cagan has also been involved in numerous Balboa Park activities, working collaboratively with other institutions, including planning for the 2015 Centennial Celebration. She serves on the Board of the Balboa Park Central, where she is Vice President and chair of the Governance/Strategic Planning Committee. Ms. Cagan has also consulted for a wide variety of cultural and educational non-profits, including a consulting project for the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition, funded by the San Diego Foundation, to advance arts and culture advocacy in the City and County of San Diego. Ms. Cagan graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in political science.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The San Diego History Center: Is the one organization in San Diego whose mission is to tell the story of San Diego and its diverse communities past, present, and future. Brings the city's soul to life for our citizens and our visitors, underscoring what makes San Diego unique from other communities Fosters appreciation for how San Diego has been shaped by decisions made in the past, and how today's decisions will shape the future. Helps promote cultural understanding by highlighting the contributions that diverse communities have made, and are making, to our collective growth and success. Has for generations been the community's trusted principal gathering point for treasured photographs, documents, and other important physical evidence of our collective past. Offers the public opportunities to see the "real thing" in an increasing virtual world. Is a major research center: the "go to" place for information about San Diego. Helps children learn about their neighborhoods, the larger community, and people from diverse backgrounds. Strengthens all San Diegans' civic engagement by encouraging them to take pride in the community's heritage and accomplishments. Guarantees that San Diego's history will be preserved in perpetuity. Confirms San Diego's stature as one of the great cities in the world, that has created, and nurtured, distinct institutions dedicated to preserving and celebrating their history."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Thompson Fetter

T. Fetter and Co., Inc

Term: Dec 2011 - Dec 2014

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