Downtown diversity: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and Black Historical Society of San Diego

In addition to the great museums and history centers of Balboa Park, downtown San Diego offers several other cultural institutions that celebrate the vast diversity of communities within the city limits.  If you are unable to take a bus or catch a ride/cab or drive up to Balboa Park, consider visiting the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and the Black Historical Society of San Diego.

In 1986, the San Diego Chinese Historical Society formed in order to preserve and share Chinese and Chinese American history and culture. Ten years later, it founded a museum, which has outgrown its original building, welcomed over 800 current members, launched successful education and community outreach programs and become a landmark in the downtown community.

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The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum will be offering the Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tour on Saturday, August 11th, the last day of SAA.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the walking tour by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. $4.00 donation per adult. For more information, please contact the museum.

$2.00 General Admission
Free for children under 12
Free for museum members (Join today!)


Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Noon – 4 PM

Located only 0.4 miles from the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel:


The Black Historical Society of San Diego is one of the largest black historical society in the country.  Founded in 1992 by Karen Huff-Willis, the mission is to provide a vehicle for preserving and promoting the contributions of African Americans in San Diego County and nationally, through research, genealogy, interpretive programs, special events and cultural tourism.

The Black Historical Society of San Diego also offers a guided tour, information located here:  Located 0.5 miles from the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel.

Harlem of the West Tour
Experience the bygone era of San Diego’s historic Harlem of the West.  You’ll experience African American history in the Gaslamp Quarter, 1880-1970’s.
Saturdays, the tour starts and ends at 7th and Island Avenue, $5, 11:00am-12:30pm, 45 minutes, advance reservation required.  Call (619) 232-1480 for more information about the tour and visiting the genealogy room at the historical society.


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Welcome to Beyond Borders: San Diego 2012! Consider this blog to be the detailed companion about local San Diego attractions, restaurants, and other fun things! Please refer to the larger meeting site for the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists information at the official SAA page:
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