La Mesa Historical Society

La Mesa Historical Society Welcome to The La Mesa Historical Society From its origins as a place where cattle and sheep used to graze in the late 1800s to its period as a silent-movie mecca in the early 1900s, La Mesa has a rich and colorful past. The La Mesa Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the community's heritage for future generations. You could say it's "where the past meets the present." Remembering the past while preserving the present. Come. Explore. Discover. Investigate.

Historic Preservation in La Mesa: Myths, Realities and BenefitsSaturday April 20, 201910am-12 noonCome learn how histori...
04/19/2019

Historic Preservation in La Mesa: Myths, Realities and Benefits

Saturday April 20, 2019
10am-12 noon

Come learn how historic preservation benefits our community!
Including the City's Historic Property Survey Update

Presenters:
Jim Newland, LMHS President & historic resources professional
Nikki Kreibich, historic property appraisal expert
And select City Landmark property homeowners

Location:
Grossmont Hospital District Auditorium
9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa

https://lamesahistory.com/event/historic-preservation-in-la-mesa-myths-realities-and-benefits/

This is the next presentation in our History Roundtable Series!

Join us at The Hills Local Pub on April 10th for our Fundraiser Social!For Members and guests, stop by to enjoy great fa...
04/06/2019

Join us at The Hills Local Pub on April 10th for our Fundraiser Social!

For Members and guests, stop by to enjoy great fare, hear some Society news, and support one of our local business partners. Not only can you imbibe in food, beer and spirits, but also support the La Mesa Historical Society. The Hills will donate 10% of sales to the Society that evening!

Wednesday April 10th
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Hills Local Pub
8758 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, CA 91942

Your support helps defray costs such as: Preserving the McKinney Home, purchasing archive boxes to hold the many documents which tells La Mesa's history, our upcoming landscape project, and the Open House tours each Saturday afternoon. The La Mesa Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

This Saturday morning!"Around Mt. Helix: A Natural & Cultural Community Icon" roundtable lecture presentationSaturday, M...
03/22/2019

This Saturday morning!

"Around Mt. Helix: A Natural & Cultural Community Icon" roundtable lecture presentation

Saturday, March 23rd, 10am to 12pm

La Mesa Historical Society's president, James Newland, presents a photographic history of the Mt. Helix area and discusses the significance of the mountain-top nature amphitheater and park to the region.

Grossmont Healthcare Center
9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, 91942

https://lamesahistory.com/event/around-mt-helix-a-natural-cultural-community-icon/

The Mission Hills Heritage's popular Lecture Series continues!"Mission Hills Architecture in the Roaring Twenties"plus "...
03/11/2019

The Mission Hills Heritage's popular Lecture Series continues!

"Mission Hills Architecture in the Roaring Twenties"
plus "The Swan House—a Case Study in Rehabilitation"

Saturday, March 16, 1-4 pm
Francis Parker Lower School • 4201 Randolph St., San Diego CA 92103

The 1920s was a dynamic decade. World War I had recently ended, the troops were heading home, the economy was booming and money was flowing. The Roaring Twenties, as it came to be known, was abuzz with jazz, flappers, and prohibition. Single-family housing boomed across the country and Mission Hills was teeming with development, including architectural styles new to the neighborhood: Tudor and Storybook, French and English Eclectic, and Italian Renaissance. Dominating the later 1920s were Spanish Eclectic and related styles. As fortunes grew, homes ranged from humble cottages to lavish estates. The 1929 economic collapse brought on the Great Depression, ending the surge of construction.

Using examples of 1920s homes built in Mission Hills, this year’s lectures will explore the architecture of an exciting era. Architectural historian Ron May, principal investigator for Legacy 106, Inc., will introduce and discuss themes and events that led to the housing styles of the Roaring Twenties. Diane Kane, Ph.D., architectural historian and retired Senior Planner with the City of San Diego, will further examine the neighborhood’s 1920s architectural styles.

Finally, Laura Wile and Don Fay will recount their ground-up rehabilitation of the historic “Swan House” on Alameda Drive (pictured above), detailing with photos how they saved this beautiful home from oblivion. Under their careful guidance, the 1923 Prairie masterpiece was restored to its former glory.

This series will appeal to those interested in learning about the history and architecture of one of San Diego’s extraordinary neighborhoods. It will also provide useful information regarding historical renovation. Each lecture will include time for questions and answers. In addition, local contractors, vendors, and artisans will have displays on the patio and are eager to share their expertise and answer questions. At the membership table, you may join Mission Hills Heritage and, if you like, sign up for future volunteer opportunities. As always, coffee and our almost famous cookies will be served.

The afternoon’s first lecture begins at 1:00 and the event ends at 4:00. Tickets are available online in advance: $15 for MHH members, $20 for non-members. Day-of-event ticket sales ($20 for MHH members, $25 for non-members) begin at 12:30 at Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph Street in Mission Hills.

For event information and online tickets, go to http://missionhillsheritage.org/lecture19.htm

The 50th Anniversary of the Friends of the La Mesa Library is this Saturday, March 9th, 11am to 2pm!Come celebrate! Ther...
03/06/2019

The 50th Anniversary of the Friends of the La Mesa Library is this Saturday, March 9th, 11am to 2pm!

Come celebrate! There will be live music and children’s activities.

Isn’t it nifty, the Friends are FIFTY! 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the forming of the Friends of the La Mesa Library. This is in conjunction with the Second Saturday Concert Series.

For more information, visit: www.lamesalibrary.org/news/

"Around Mt. Helix: A Photographic History" presentation on Feb. 2nd at 7pm, at the Spring Valley Historical SocietyJim N...
02/02/2019

"Around Mt. Helix: A Photographic History" presentation on Feb. 2nd at 7pm, at the Spring Valley Historical Society

Jim Newland will share his research on the interrelated histories of Spring Valley, Casa de Oro, Calavo Gardens, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Mount Helix, and Grossmont - the neighborhoods flanking the mountain.

See you there! Potluck dinner at 6pm, open to all.

Bancroft Ranch House Museum annex
9050 Memory Lane, Spring Valley

Happening now, until 4pm! A holiday open house, for the entire community!The La Mesa Historical Society invites you to g...
12/09/2018

Happening now, until 4pm! A holiday open house, for the entire community!

The La Mesa Historical Society invites you to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a charming afternoon at the Historical McKinney House in La Mesa! Our annual Christmas Open House is an opportunity to see the McKinney House Museum decked out for the holidays!

McKinney House
8369 University Ave
La Mesa, CA 91942

Catch up with us on December 9th from 2-4pm before Santa arrives 🎄Our tree is decorated & the McKinney House is ready...
12/06/2018

Catch up with us on December 9th from 2-4pm before Santa arrives 🎄Our tree is decorated & the McKinney House is ready for this year's Christmas Open House. All are welcome to this FREE event!

Visit our event page for more details
https://rebrand.ly/xmas-open-house

We want to thank all of our volunteers, members and the La Mesa community for their amazing support in keeping our local...
11/22/2018

We want to thank all of our volunteers, members and the La Mesa community for their amazing support in keeping our local history alive! Happy Thanksgiving from LMHS!

Who wouldn't want to wake up to this view every morning? Come see this mod gem for yourself! Join us on Saturday Nov. 3r...
10/26/2018

Who wouldn't want to wake up to this view every morning? Come see this mod gem for yourself! Join us on Saturday Nov. 3rd for the La Mesa Home Tour. It's just 1 week away!

Tickets to the Home Tour: http://bit.ly/hometour2018tix

The Jetsons meet the Flintstones! This 1963 'must see' adobe home was designed by renowned architect Lawrence Weir. With...
10/19/2018

The Jetsons meet the Flintstones! This 1963 'must see' adobe home was designed by renowned architect Lawrence Weir. With rustic materials and space age design, this is his magnum opus. See it on our Annual Historic Home Tour, Sat. November 3rd!

Tickets are on sale now: http://bit.ly/lmhometour

See this dreamy 1956 blonde beauty designed by James Bernard...and more on our 13th Annual Home Tour "Modern Mud"! Ticke...
10/17/2018

See this dreamy 1956 blonde beauty designed by James Bernard...and more on our 13th Annual Home Tour "Modern Mud"! Tickets are on sale now: http://bit.ly/hometour_2018

Come join the La Mesa Historical Society at Fourpenny House in downtown La Mesa for some food and lively conversation. W...
10/17/2018

Come join the La Mesa Historical Society at Fourpenny House in downtown La Mesa for some food and lively conversation. We are here tonight until 9:00 pm!

Indulge in a Scotch Egg n' Ale while supporting the La Mesa Historical Society! Join us Tuesday at Fourpenny House from ...
10/14/2018

Indulge in a Scotch Egg n' Ale while supporting the La Mesa Historical Society! Join us Tuesday at Fourpenny House from 5-9pm. The generous folks at Fourpenny House will be donating 15% of sales from the evening to LMHS!

Our Annual Historic Home Tour is coming up - Sat. November 3rd! This year we're featuring Adobe and Mid-Century gems inc...
10/12/2018

Our Annual Historic Home Tour is coming up - Sat. November 3rd! This year we're featuring Adobe and Mid-Century gems including works from Lawrence Weir and James Bernard.

Tickets are on sale now: http://bit.ly/lmhometour

Join us at Fourpenny House this coming Tuesday evening for our Society Fundraiser Social!For Members and guests, stop by...
10/09/2018

Join us at Fourpenny House this coming Tuesday evening for our Society Fundraiser Social!

For Members and guests, stop by to enjoy great fare, hear some Society news, and support one of our local business partners. Not only can you imbibe in food, beer and spirits in this Scottish inspired venue, but also gather with Society members to revel in one of La Mesa's most comfortable public houses.

And if that wasn't thrifty enough, Fourpenny will donate 15% of sales to the Society that evening!

Tuesday October 16th
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Fourpenny House
8323 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa 91942

Restored Craftsman, 13th Annual Home Tour "Modern Mud" Tickets on-sale NOW!
10/09/2018

Restored Craftsman, 13th Annual Home Tour "Modern Mud" Tickets on-sale NOW!

10/01/2018

Did we mention spaces are filling fast for our Roundtable Lecture: History & Architecture of Mt.Nebo/Eastridge? Learn about La Mesa's Mid-Century Modern legacy, unique architecture, and history with us on October 6th!

Who's going to La Mesa Oktoberfest this weekend?! The La Mesa chamber of commerce's merchant committee started the event...
09/28/2018

Who's going to La Mesa Oktoberfest this weekend?! The La Mesa chamber of commerce's merchant committee started the event in 1974 with a first year attendance of just 300. Today the event draws over 100,000 visitors for vendors, games, beer, and bratwurst!

Our 13th Annual Historic Home Tour is coming up - Sat. November 3rd! This year we're featuring Adobe and Mid-Century gem...
09/24/2018

Our 13th Annual Historic Home Tour is coming up - Sat. November 3rd! This year we're featuring Adobe and Mid-Century gems including works from Lawrence Weir and James Bernard. Tickets are on sale now: http://bit.ly/lmhometour

Have you met our new neighbor?
09/24/2018
Where did that T-Rex come from in La Mesa?

Have you met our new neighbor?

Earlier this week, a large Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture standing in a concrete block mysteriously appeared on an empty plot on Monte Drive, a cul-de-sac off Eastridge Drive.

Our 13th Annual Historic Home Tour is coming up - Sat. November 3rd! This year we're featuring Adobe and Mid-Century gem...
09/22/2018

Our 13th Annual Historic Home Tour is coming up - Sat. November 3rd! This year we're featuring Adobe and Mid-Century gems including works from Lawrence Weir and James Bernard. Tickets are on sale now: http://bit.ly/lmhometour2

Our volunteer training has been canceled - please email volunteers@lamesahistory.com if you are interested in volunteeri...
09/20/2018

Our volunteer training has been canceled - please email [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering with us! Volunteer opportunities include: McKinney House docents, archive volunteers, and more.

Calling all history buffs, inquiring minds, and generous souls! We are looking for docents to volunteer at our historical McKinney House - we will be holding a training this Saturday @ 10:30 am. Please contact Tracey Stotz (619) 200-0918, or comment below by Wednesday if you plan to attend! Thanks for your support!

Calling all history buffs, inquiring minds, and generous souls! We are looking for docents to volunteer at our historica...
09/17/2018

Calling all history buffs, inquiring minds, and generous souls! We are looking for docents to volunteer at our historical McKinney House - we will be holding a training this Saturday @ 10:30 am. Please contact Tracey Stotz (619) 200-0918, or comment below by Wednesday if you plan to attend! Thanks for your support!

Roundtable Lecture: History & Architecture of Mt.Nebo/EastridgeOctober 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDTGrossmont Health...
09/17/2018

Roundtable Lecture:
History & Architecture of Mt.Nebo/Eastridge
October 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Grossmont Healthcare District Auditorium @ 10am
FREE for LMHS Members, $5 suggested donation from non-members.

Come learn about Mt. Nebo and Eastridge, La Mesa’s exclusive hillside and hilltop residential neighborhoods. LMHS President and historian Jim Newland will make a presentation on the History of Mt. Nebo and its exclusive suburban tracts including Lookout Park (1907), Windsor Hills (1927) and Eastridge (1956).

Modern San Diego website host and historian Keith York will then present on the Mid-Century Modern legacy of La Mesa builders, designers and architects.

The Society also hopes to have some special guests who “designed and built” some of the residential gems of the Mt. Nebo/Eastridge area.

Attendees will be able to ask questions of the historians. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the hidden history and architectural heritage of La Mesa.

https://lamesahistory.com/event/roundtable-lecture-history-architecture-of-mt-nebo-eastridge/

We are looking for docents at our historic McKinney House. Training is Sept 22nd, 10:30 am - noon. If you are interested...
09/09/2018

We are looking for docents at our historic McKinney House. Training is Sept 22nd, 10:30 am - noon. If you are interested in volunteering, give us a call.

Tracey Stotz, Vice President
(619) 200-0918

Can we count on you to help us keep history alive? Our 13th Annual Home Tour "Modern Mud" is coming up! Learn about our ...
09/07/2018

Can we count on you to help us keep history alive? Our 13th Annual Home Tour "Modern Mud" is coming up! Learn about our sponsorship opportunities here: http://bit.ly/htsponsors

09/04/2018

Did you know we're on Instagram?! Follow @lamesahistoricalsociety for more photos, history, and La Mesa pride!

The Hodgson House was one of the first of many beautiful homes built in La Mesa's Mt. Nebo neighborhood. This year's Hom...
08/27/2018

The Hodgson House was one of the first of many beautiful homes built in La Mesa's Mt. Nebo neighborhood. This year's Home Tour will feature Adobe, Classic, and Mid Century homes in La Mesa's Eastridge and Mt. Nebo neighborhoods. Tickets are available NOW: http://bit.ly/hometour2018

Fun Fact: Lookout Ave was renamed "La Mesa Boulevard" in 1940 to protect and promote the presence of local businesses. G...
08/24/2018

Fun Fact: Lookout Ave was renamed "La Mesa Boulevard" in 1940 to protect and promote the presence of local businesses. Great to have so many local businesses and events like the market on La Mesa Boulevard! What are your favorite local businesses in downtown La Mesa?

08/23/2018
The Vintage News

Neat footage of America's Finest City!

Time capsule film footage of San Diego in 1951.

La Mesa traffic circa 1887!
08/20/2018

La Mesa traffic circa 1887!

#TBT to some of our favorites from the Home Tour over the last couple of years. We hope you'll join us this year for "Mo...
08/16/2018

#TBT to some of our favorites from the Home Tour over the last couple of years. We hope you'll join us this year for "Modern Mud" which will feature a collection of Adobe, Classic, and Mid-Century Gems! Pre-sale tickets are available NOW: http://bit.ly/hometour2018

Mission San Diego, 1890s.
08/12/2018

Mission San Diego, 1890s.

New coffee coming to town!
08/08/2018

New coffee coming to town!

Our new La Mesa spot is coming along! We’re gonna open our doors on Friday 8/10. The address is 4350 Palm Ave. More details to come on giveaways and specials for our opening weekend. Hope to see you!

Grossmont High School Baseball
08/08/2018

Grossmont High School Baseball

Today's the day! Join us at 6:30pm for our Roundtable Lecture with Author of "Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midc...
08/02/2018
History Roundtable Lecture Series: Banking on Beauty

Today's the day! Join us at 6:30pm for our Roundtable Lecture with Author of "Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California," Dr. Adam Arenson! Details: https://bit.ly/2tCKfVs

History Roundtable Lecture Series: Banking on Beauty The La Mesa Historical Society is proud to host Manhattan College history professor and San Diego native Adam Arenson for our next History Roundtable Lecture. Dr. Arenson will speak on his new book about the Millard Sheets’ Studios designs and a...

Don't forget to join us Thursday as we host Dr. Adam Arenson for our History Roundtable Lecture Series! FREE for LMHS me...
07/31/2018
History Roundtable Lecture Series: Banking on Beauty

Don't forget to join us Thursday as we host Dr. Adam Arenson for our History Roundtable Lecture Series! FREE for LMHS members, suggested $5 donation for non-members. Register here: https://bit.ly/2tCKfVs

History Roundtable Lecture Series: Banking on Beauty The La Mesa Historical Society is proud to host Manhattan College history professor and San Diego native Adam Arenson for our next History Roundtable Lecture. Dr. Arenson will speak on his new book about the Millard Sheets’ Studios designs and a...

Have you had a chance to visit our Historical Archives? The McKinney House is open to the public the second and fourth S...
07/27/2018

Have you had a chance to visit our Historical Archives? The McKinney House is open to the public the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 1-4 pm!

Who's up for a Millard Sheets road trip? Join us for our next History Roundtable Lecture Series featuring author of Bank...
07/26/2018

Who's up for a Millard Sheets road trip? Join us for our next History Roundtable Lecture Series featuring author of Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California, Dr. Adam Arenson. Details on our website!

https://bit.ly/2Lw9e76

Palermo's Fountain, 1930's. Pete Palermo's Candy and Ice Cream Store on the south side of Lookout Avenue between Palm an...
07/23/2018

Palermo's Fountain, 1930's. Pete Palermo's Candy and Ice Cream Store on the south side of Lookout Avenue between Palm and Spring Street.

Have you RSVP'd for our next Roundtable Lecture Series featuring Dr. Adam Arenson? Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2tCKfVs
07/13/2018

Have you RSVP'd for our next Roundtable Lecture Series featuring Dr. Adam Arenson? Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2tCKfVs

Address

8369 University Ave
La Mesa, CA
91942-9342

General information

McKinney House Museum is open 1-4pm, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. The Archive is open every Saturday, 1-4pm. Note: We are closed on holiday weekends.

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(619) 466-0197

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