The deserts of the American southwest contain one of the largest concentrations of geoglyphs outside of Peru’s Nazca Lines. These ancient Native American works of earthen art can be up to hundreds of feet long, and yet are often invisible until viewed from above. Before drones, GPS, or Google Maps, photographer Harry Casey began a unique archaeology project. Armed with nothing more than topographic maps, 35mm film cameras, and his beloved Piper J3 Cub aircraft, Casey spent thirty-five years documenting the region’s geoglyphs before natural erosion and human intervention could destroy these fragile sites. A newly published book, Geoglyphs of the Desert Southwest: Earthen Art as Viewed from Above, authored by Harry Casey and Anne Morgan, collects Casey’s photographs into the first visual record of these beautiful and mysterious features. This virtual event is limited to 100 participants. Cost is pay what you wish. Register at https://sandiegoarchaeology.org/geoglyphs/ 

Geoglyphs of the Desert Southwest, published by Sunbelt Publications, is the first book dedicated to the earthen art of the southwest deserts of the United States. Steven M. Freers, rock art researcher and co-author of Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region praises the book, “This definitive book is an elegant historical account of the relentless pursuit to document and comprehend one of humankind’s great enigmas as expressed on desert surfaces. It is a gem, an essential addition to anyone’s library where the mysteries of rock art holds special status.”

Ticket purchases of $35 and over will receive a signed copy of Geoglyphs of the Desert Southwest: Earthen Art as Viewed from Above by Harry Casey and Anne Morgan.

About the Authors
The eldest of three sons born into a farming family east of Brawley, California, Harry Casey had always been interested in flying, photography, and desert archaeology. These interests led him to take classes from noted archaeologist and historian Jay von Werlhof at the Imperial Valley College in El Centro, California. After many years of flying and photographing, Casey donated his extensive collection of photographs and research to the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, where Anne Morgan was the Head Archivist/Curator. Anne met Harry and his wife, Meg Casey, and what began as an archival project on nearly 10,000 aerial images became a friendship and partnership as she helped edit Harry’s original manuscript into a published book.

About the San Diego Archaeological Center
The San Diego Archaeological Center is a nonprofit curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County’s archaeological artifacts.

Join the San Diego Archaeological Center for a Living Room Lecture by Captain Jim Bryant, U.S. Navy (Retired) on the evolution of the modern attack submarine from 1941 to 1961. In 1941 submarines became sophisticated weapons of war, but were still a torpedo boat that could only submerge for short periods of time to avoid attack. Over the next 20 years, with a changing shape and development of sensors, submarines became quieter, faster, and operated at increased depths. These significant improvements resulted in the THRESHER Class submarine, the template for all modern nuclear submarines. This virtual event will be held via Zoom and is limited to 100 attendees.

About the Presenter
Captain Jim Bryant, U.S. Navy (Retired) received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1971. Bryant was selected by Admiral Rickover for the naval nuclear propulsion training and subsequently served on five nuclear submarines that culminated with commanding USS GUARDFISH (SSN 612) from 1987-1990. Three of these submarines were homeported in San Diego, CA. During his 23-year career he participated in Cold War Missions in the Gulf of Aden; North, Norwegian, Bering and Arabian Seas, and the Seas of Japan and Okhotsk and assisted the Royal Navy during the Falklands War as a Staff Officer in London, UK. After a tour in the Pentagon he retired from the Navy in 1994 and started a small business. Bryant also researched the sinking of the nuclear submarines THRESHER and SCORPION.

In 2015 he returned to San Diego, took courses in Archeology and became a volunteer at the San Diego Archeological Center. His research on the loss of USS THRESHER (SN 593) found that the Navy’s version of the disaster is inaccurate and resulted in publications of several articles. In July 2019 he sued the Navy for information on THRESHER after his Freedom of Information Act request was ignored.

About the San Diego Archaeological Center
The San Diego Archaeological Center is a nonprofit curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County’s archaeological artifacts.

Fly high with Living Coast Discovery Center to learn about kestrels LIVE on Facebook!

You’ll get to view a mighty kestrel up close and learn about their cousins in Italy. Be sure to get your questions ready for this interactive event, they might just answer them during the presentation!

This Fun Animal Friday will take place August 28 at 10am on our Facebook page. Be sure to follow us (San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum) to be notified when we go live.

Sled into fun with Molly of Denali!

Join us for a special Facebook LIVE event with KPBS on Thursday, August 13 at 12:30pm PT!

Ms. Sarah will be doing a live reading with a surprise craft at the end for you and your family to do at home!

Stay tuned for the book announcement and the craft.

Be sure to follow our page (San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum) to be notified when we go live.

This event is made possible with funding from the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation.

Fly through the night with Pacific Animal Productions to learn about some of their flying friends LIVE on Facebook!

Meet Gizmo the Barn Owl and Peanut Butter & Jelly the Egyptian Fruit Bats! Get your questions ready, Pacific Animal Productions will be answering them during this interactive event.

This Fun Animal Friday will take place July 31 at 10am on our Facebook page. Be sure to follow us (San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum) to be notified when we go live.

San Diego is blessed with abundant natural and cultural resources. Over 36,000 archaeological sites have been discovered in San Diego County. These sites contain the material culture of people who have lived in the region for over 10,000 years. This presentation will reveal what archaeology has uncovered about the ancient peoples who called San Diego home. Archaeology is a wonderful tool for understanding the past and bringing context to the present. Join us for a free virtual Living Room Lecture via Zoom on 10,000 years of San Diego history and a new understanding of the past.

About the Presenter
Cindy Stankowski’s personal commitment is to continue to have a positive impact in the community by making new ideas and information accessible in the museum setting. Ms. Stankowski received a Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Anthropology from San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. She has been with the San Diego Archaeological Center since 1996, leading the effort to preserve our archaeological legacy. She brings an understanding of curation issues and museum management to SDAC and has led symposia on curation throughout the state. Ms. Stankowski also seeks new and innovative ways for the public to connect with the past, including exhibits, seminars and school presentations.

About the San Diego Archaeological Center
The San Diego Archaeological Center is a nonprofit curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County’s archaeological artifacts.

Enjoy the thrill of a live performance from the safety of your car.

Just like nostalgic drive-in movie theater days, we are bringing back the fun of entertainment pumped through your stereo speakers.

Each Drive-Up Comedy ticket guarantees you and your guests a parking spot and show experience at our exclusive venue.

Drive-Up and crank your radio as you watch a live, in-person comedy show.

Get the luxury of attending a stand-up comedy night of laughs, while also practicing social distancing.

Soak up the audience energy of everyone parked beside you, as you relax in your vehicle and watch some of the current greatest comedians in action!