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La Mesa History Center Welcome to the La Mesa History Center! From its agricultural origins in the late 1800s, its community
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Enjoy this special tour of the historic 1921 & Modern 1965 St. Martins’ Catholic Churches as part of the 2023 La Mesa Hi...
11/04/2023

Enjoy this special tour of the historic 1921 & Modern 1965 St. Martins’ Catholic Churches as part of the 2023 La Mesa History Center “Preservation Heroes” Home Tour! Saturday November 11th, 9am to 3pm.
REMINDER: On-Line Ticket Sales end at 12pm Thursday November 9th.

This year’s Shuttle Center host site, St Martin’s Catholic Church, has also served as a vital community institution for over 100 years.

Established to serve the growing La Mesa, Lemon Grove and La Mesa Heights Catholic community in November 1920, services were held in the Stoke’s Mortuary until the original Church was completed on Normal Street in time for Christmas Mass 1921. Fully completed in Spring 1922, the 300-seat church with choir loft served St. Martin’s for over 25 years on Normal Avenue.

Due to exponential growth, a new, larger site along El Cajon Blvd (US 80 at the time) was purchased, and the original church moved in 1948. El Cajon architect Arthur Decker designed a new Modern church that opened in 1965.

Both church buildings are open with St Martin’s docents for Tour Guests to visit. Don’t miss the original stained glass and restored woodwork of the 1921 Church (now named Barry Hall) as well as beautiful murals, statuary, and artwork in the Modern sanctuary. Thanks again to the St. Martin’s community.

Don’t Miss it! Get your pre-tour discount price tickets now at lamesahistory.com.
Pre-tour prices: $25 for LMHC members; $40 for non-members

Tickets and Shuttle Bus Center will be at St. Martin’s Church, 7710 El Cajon Blvd. on November 11th.
Check in opens at 8:30am and first shuttle leaves at 9am.
Day Of prices: $30 for LMHC members; $45 for non-members

Due to the narrow streets and lack of parking at the homes we require guests to take our complimentary shuttles. With our “free-style” Tour ticket holders may visit the homes at your own pace and catch the Shuttles that will continuously be going around to the houses and shuttle bus center.
We regret there is NO wheelchair or scooter accessibility, nor other provisions for individuals with mobility issues

Stop by right now for candy and some historic fun!
11/01/2023

Stop by right now for candy and some historic fun!

People are dying to get candy and craft bags at the McKinney House until 6 pm!
10/31/2023

People are dying to get candy and craft bags at the McKinney House until 6 pm!

Preservation HeroesGet Your Tickets for the 17th Annual Home Tour  Saturday November 11th 9am to 3pmShuttle Center/Parki...
10/31/2023

Preservation Heroes
Get Your Tickets for the 17th Annual Home Tour
Saturday November 11th 9am to 3pm
Shuttle Center/Parking: St. Martin's Church
7710 El Cajon Blvd.

Featuring another amazing Mt. Nebo home and grounds full of art and artisanship. See it all integrated into a classic 1938 Spanish Eclectic Revival Gem!

Get tickets at lamesahistory.com

Home Tour - History Roundtable PresentationThis Saturday, October 28th at 10am!Learn about the amazing homes, owners, bu...
10/28/2023

Home Tour - History Roundtable Presentation
This Saturday, October 28th at 10am!

Learn about the amazing homes, owners, builders, residents, neighborhoods, and artists associated with this year's tour!

A/V presented by James Newland, historian and author of "Images of America: La Mesa."

LOCATION:
La Mesa Dale Elementary School Auditorium
4370 Parks Avenue, La Mesa

FREE for LMHC Members and a $5 donation is requested from non-members.

Don't Miss This Year's Home Tour!See how Preservation and Art Combine at each of our Tour Homes.Including this Craftsman...
10/24/2023

Don't Miss This Year's Home Tour!
See how Preservation and Art Combine at each of our Tour Homes.
Including this Craftsman landmark, home to the lady artist whose prose led to the "Jewel of the Hills" moniker.
Get Your Tickets at lamesahistory.com

Don't Miss the Pre-Home Tour Presentation on Saturday October 28th at 10am.Learn about the amazing homes, owners, builde...
10/21/2023

Don't Miss the Pre-Home Tour Presentation on Saturday October 28th at 10am.
Learn about the amazing homes, owners, builders, residents, neighborhoods, and artists associated with this year's tour!
NEW LOCATION: La Mesa Dale Elementary School Auditorium
4370 Parks Avenue, La Mesa

Looking for a fun way to give back to your community? Consider becoming a docent for the 17th Annual La Mesa History Cen...
10/19/2023

Looking for a fun way to give back to your community? Consider becoming a docent for the 17th Annual La Mesa History Center Home Tour on November 11th! You'll get time to view the Tour for free. Submit your interest by going to our sign up page
https://pages.lamesahistory.com/home-tour-2023-docent-sign-up and don't forget to share this opportunity with others who may be interested. We appreciate your support!

Get Your Tickets for the La Mesa History Center Home Tour!Available at lamesahistory.com
10/19/2023

Get Your Tickets for the La Mesa History Center Home Tour!
Available at lamesahistory.com

Come join us for the "Lost California" discussion today! 2:00 pm to 3:00 pmThe La Mesa History Center is pleased to invi...
10/14/2023

Come join us for the "Lost California" discussion today! 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The La Mesa History Center is pleased to invite you to a book launch event for "Lost California" by Erik Beck. Lost California is an Arcadia Press book in their Postcard History Series. The postcards in this collection, taken from the John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection at the SDSU Special Collections and Archives, reflect a hidden past of California that exists now only on the page.

This event will include the author providing a brief presentation about the John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection and some highlighted images. Images from the La Mesa History Center's own collections will also be on display and the book will be available for purchase. A portion of all sales will go to support the La Mesa History Center's activities.

Free

https://lamesahistory.com/event/meet-me-at-the-mckinney-house-lost-california-event/

Meet Me at the McKinney House!"Lost California" Book Launch EventSaturday, October 14th2:00 pm to 3:00 pmThe La Mesa His...
10/10/2023

Meet Me at the McKinney House!
"Lost California" Book Launch Event
Saturday, October 14th
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The La Mesa History Center is pleased to invite you to a book launch event for "Lost California" by Erik Beck. Lost California is an Arcadia Press book in their Postcard History Series. The postcards in this collection, taken from the John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection at the SDSU Special Collections and Archives, reflect a hidden past of California that exists now only on the page.

This event will include the author providing a brief presentation about the John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection and some highlighted images. Images from the La Mesa History Center's own collections will also be on display and the book will be available for purchase. A portion of all sales will go to support the La Mesa History Center's activities.

McKinney House & Museum
8369 University Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91942

Event is Free to attend

https://lamesahistory.com/event/meet-me-at-the-mckinney-house-lost-california-event

Boo!  Be sure to stop by and visit us on Halloween.  Treats for our visitors during the Village Trick or Treating.
10/07/2023

Boo! Be sure to stop by and visit us on Halloween. Treats for our visitors during the Village Trick or Treating.

La Mesa Oktoberfest Memory:  Here is a photo from an early La Mesa Oktoberfest c1980.  Today thousands visit downtown La...
10/01/2023

La Mesa Oktoberfest Memory: Here is a photo from an early La Mesa Oktoberfest c1980. Today thousands visit downtown La Mesa in what is the second longest running community event (behind Mt Helix's Easter Sunrise Services).

Looking for a fun way to give back to your community? Consider becoming a docent for the 17th Annual La Mesa History Cen...
09/21/2023

Looking for a fun way to give back to your community? Consider becoming a docent for the 17th Annual La Mesa History Center Home Tour on November 11th! You'll get time to view the Tour, for free. Submit your interest through the link provided and don't forget to share this opportunity with others who may be interested. We appreciate your support!

https://pages.lamesahistory.com/home-tour-2023-docent-sign-up

As we gear up for the November 11 Annual Home Tour we invite you to consider becoming a sponsor.  It is a great way to s...
09/07/2023

As we gear up for the November 11 Annual Home Tour we invite you to consider becoming a sponsor. It is a great way to support our mission and receive recognition for your business. We usually have 300-500 attendees who love architecture and local history. The tour program is a "bible" for the event and includes detailed information on each home so people keep the programs as a reference guide making it a great place to advertise. This is our largest fundraiser of the year so your support matters. Scan the QR code to go to our website.

Looking for a fun way to give back to your community?  Consider becoming a docent for the 17th Annual La Mesa History Ce...
08/21/2023

Looking for a fun way to give back to your community? Consider becoming a docent for the 17th Annual La Mesa History Center Home Tour on November 11th! Submit your interest through the link provided and don't forget to share this opportunity with others who may be interested. We appreciate your support!

Sign up to be a docent for this year's LMHC Home Tour on Nov 11, 2023.

Past President James Newland is speaking at the GMIA Annual Meeting right now. Great overview of the history of Mt Helix...
06/25/2023

Past President James Newland is speaking at the GMIA Annual Meeting right now. Great overview of the history of Mt Helix. As usual an engaging presentation!

GIVING THANKS AT LA MESA HISTORY CENTER!We at the La Mesa History Center are very thankful for all the support our membe...
11/29/2022

GIVING THANKS AT LA MESA HISTORY CENTER!

We at the La Mesa History Center are very thankful for all the support our members, followers and patrons provide us in meeting our history and historic preservation mission.

Our return to in-person the Annual Home Tour on November 5th was even more gratifying in making the our tried-and-true fundraising effort a renewed success.

In addition, we hope that you will be able to consider the History Center on Giving Tuesday. Your support will allow us to continue to hold wonderful community-based events like the home tour, complete the rehabilitation of our McKinney House Museum and landscape, provide enhanced educational programming, and continue public access to our invaluable research archives.

Whether you live in the City of La Mesa, or the “Greater La Mesa” unincorporated areas of Grossmont, Fletcher Hills, Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro or adjacent eastern San Diego, we need your help, in helping us educate on, and preserve, our collective stories.

Giving Tuesday is just one other way to help us fulfill our inherent promise as a community asset. Thank you for your generous support!

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Come celebrate the holidays with us on Sunday December 11th!At the McKinney House Museum 8369 University Avenue (at Pine...
11/20/2022

Come celebrate the holidays with us on Sunday December 11th!

At the McKinney House Museum
8369 University Avenue (at Pine), in La Mesa

Rain or shine. We'll have hot apple cider, covered shelter and nice folks to warm your spirit!

Holiday Refreshments and Entertainment

Free Admission

Everyone Welcome!

The Home Tour is today! Come anytime until 1pm to begin the Tour. Check-in and the shuttles are located at Grossmont Hig...
11/05/2022

The Home Tour is today! Come anytime until 1pm to begin the Tour.

Check-in and the shuttles are located at Grossmont High School, 1100 Murray Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020.

Enjoy a special tour of the century-old 1922 Grossmont High “Castle” building led by the GHS Museum as part of the 2022 ...
11/04/2022

Enjoy a special tour of the century-old 1922 Grossmont High “Castle” building led by the GHS Museum as part of the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home Tour!
Saturday November 5th, 9am to 3pm.
REMINDER: On-Line Ticket Sales end at 3pm Friday.

Grossmont High School has now served this regional community for over 100 years. Formed as the solution for East County secondary school needs, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) was established in 1920. Developer/entrepreneur Col. Ed Fletcher helped answer the question of where to centrally locate the initial school, which served from today’s College Area east to Alpine, when he offered the Grossmont Pass site from his partner James Murray’s Murray Hill tract. Fletcher then provided stone for the building from his Grossmont quarries across the highway.

GUHSD hired San Diego architect Theodore Kistner, a prolific designer of southern California schools for the project. His cut-stone masonry building solidifying the original Grossmont High as a community architectural landmark. Opened in September 1922, the campus grew far beyond this building over the years. GUHSD rehabilitated the building in 2014 and it now serves as the District Offices. Thanks to our partners at the Grossmont High School Museum for providing this special tour to ticket holding guests. You will be able to visit the 1922 school building before or after accessing the tour homes via the shuttle buses.

Don’t Miss it! Get your pre-tour discount price tickets now at lamesahistory.com.
Pre-tour prices: $25 for LMHC members; $40 for non-members
REMINDER: Online ticket sales end at 3pm Friday (today)

Day Of Tickets and Shuttle Bus Center will be at Grossmont High School on November 5th.
Check in opens at 8:30am and first shuttle leaves at 9am.
Day Of prices: $30 for LMHC members; $45 for non-members

Due to the narrow streets and lack of parking at the homes we require guests to take our complimentary shuttles. With our “free-style” Tour ticket holders may visit the homes at your own pace and catch the Shuttles that will continuously be going around to the houses and shuttle bus center.
We regret there is NO wheelchair or scooter accessibility, nor other provisions for individuals with mobility issues

See this classic 1950 Modern Contemporary Ranch home on the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home Tour!  Saturday November 5t...
11/04/2022

See this classic 1950 Modern Contemporary Ranch home on the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home Tour! Saturday November 5th, 9am to 3pm.

Setting on a well-placed 1.5 acre view lot it is another unique example of Mid-Century La Mesa’s unrecognized architectural heritage showcased on this year’s tour. It appears to be the only residence designed by Los Angeles, and later Las Vegas, architect Harry Hayden Whiteley built in San Diego County. Originally noted for its 48 corners assuring panoramic views from all rooms, it features many of its 1950 custom design elements—including a hidden bar and accordion-room divider. The large lot also provides the perfect setting for the cliff-side swimming pool area as well as children’s play area and animal and pet menagerie. All such elements reflecting the rural-suburban nature of these “foothill” family homes.

Don’t Miss it! Get your pre-tour discount price tickets now at lamesahistory.com.
On-Line Ticket Sales end at 3pm Friday.
Pre-tour prices: $25 for LMHC members; $40 for non-members

Day Of Tickets: $30 for LMHC members; $45 for non-members
Tickets and Shuttle Bus Center will be at Grossmont High School, 1100 Murray Drive on November 5th.
Check in opens at 8:30am and first shuttle leaves at 9am.

Due to the narrow streets and lack of parking at the homes we require guests to take our complimentary shuttles. With our “free-style” Tour ticket holders may visit the homes at your own pace and catch the Shuttles that will continuously be going around to the houses and shuttle bus center.
We regret there is NO wheelchair or scooter accessibility, nor other provisions for individuals with mobility issues

See this pristine 1950 Modern Ranch California landmark home on the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home Tour!  Saturday Nov...
11/02/2022

See this pristine 1950 Modern Ranch California landmark home on the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home Tour! Saturday November 5th, 9am to 3pm.

This wonderful custom ranch house is just one more of the gorgeous and pristine examples of Mid-Century La Mesa featured on this year’s tour. Built by, and for Stanley Scott, one of the principals of local builder/developers Jackson & Scott, it is a classic. Arranged around an in-ground swimming pool, this home features nearly all its original wood interiors, along with built-in brick kitchen and Americana styling typical of the period. Be sure to look for original wallpaper and other period details.

Don’t Miss it! Get your pre-tour discount price tickets now at lamesahistory.com.

Pre-tour prices: $25 for LMHC members; $40 for non-members

Tickets and Shuttle Bus Center will be at Grossmont High School on November 5th.
Check in opens at 8:30am and first shuttle leaves at 9am.

Due to the narrow streets and lack of parking at the homes we require guests to take our complimentary shuttles. With our “free-style” Tour ticket holders may visit the homes at your own pace and catch the Shuttles that will continuously be going around to the houses and shuttle bus center.
We regret there is NO wheelchair or scooter accessibility, nor other provisions for individuals with mobility issues

Don’t miss this original Cliff May 1935 California “Rancheria” landmark home on the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home Tou...
10/30/2022

Don’t miss this original Cliff May 1935 California “Rancheria” landmark home on the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home Tour! Saturday November 5th, 9am to 3pm.

San Diego native Cliff May is world renown for his promotion of the California Ranch House. May’s original 1930s designs in San Diego (some 40 total) are noted for their devotion to historical precedents of 19th century adobe ranch homes. We feature one of those here in Grossmont. In addition to its amazing May “Rancheria” details, this home also features a San Diego Modernist Lloyd Ruocco designed 1965 upgrade. See how two master designers work co-exists in this one-of-a-kind architectural gem.

Don’t Wait! Get your pre-tour discount price tickets now at lamesahistory.com.
Pre-tour prices: $25 for LMHC members; $40 for non-members

Tickets and Shuttle Bus Center will be at Grossmont High School on November 5th.
Check in opens at 8:30am and first shuttle leaves at 9am.

Due to the narrow streets and lack of parking at the homes we require guests to take our complimentary shuttles. With our “free-style” Tour ticket holders may visit the homes at your own pace and catch the Shuttles that will continuously be going around to the houses and shuttle bus center.
We regret there is NO wheelchair or scooter accessibility, nor other provisions for individuals with mobility issues.

Experience this amazing Lloyd Ruocco designed Mid-Century Modern landmark home on the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home T...
10/29/2022

Experience this amazing Lloyd Ruocco designed Mid-Century Modern landmark home on the 2022 La Mesa History Center Home Tour! Saturday November 5th, 9am to 3pm.

Architect Lloyd Ruocco, and his wife Ilse Hamann Ruocco, a San Diego State art professor, are considered leaders of San Diego’s Modernist movement. They built this 1952 spec home as an example of Lloyd’s cutting-edge Mid-Century Modern style homes meant to prove the viability of smaller, and thus affordable, Modern post and beam houses.

The owners have been diligent in preserving the original materials and character of this home, adding period furnishings and décor along with significant upgrades to the property’s landscape.
Their sharing this home with our tour guests is an opportunity to experience Greater La Mesa’s stunning architectural heritage.

Don’t Wait! Get your pre-tour discount price tickets now at lamesahistory.com.
Pre-tour prices: $25 for LMHC members; $40 for non-members

Tickets and Shuttle Bus Center will be at Grossmont High School on November 5th.
Check in opens at 8:30am and first shuttle leaves at 9am.

Due to the narrow streets and lack of parking at the homes we require guests to take our complimentary shuttles. With our “free-style” Tour, ticket holders may visit the homes at their own pace and catch the Shuttles that will continuously be traveling around to the houses and shuttle bus center.
We regret there is NO wheelchair or scooter accessibility, nor other provisions for individuals with mobility issues.

Thanks to All Who Attended our Roundtable Lecture on the "Fabulous Foothill-ers" art & architectural heritage!  Don't wo...
10/25/2022

Thanks to All Who Attended our Roundtable Lecture on the "Fabulous Foothill-ers" art & architectural heritage!

Don't worry if you weren't able to attend the lecture, you can still experience this fabulous architectural heritage in person--at the 16th Annual La Mesa History Center Home Tour on Saturday November 5th, 9am to 3pm.

The talk (and Tour) feature our five fabulous tour homes, including designs of renown architects Cliff May, Harry Hayden Whiteley and Lloyd Ruocco. Also the original 1922 Grossmont High School building that will be part of the tour this year.

Discounted Pre-Sale Tickets ($25 for members, $40 for non-members), are still available at lamesahistory.com.

Tour parking, ticket pick up and Shuttle Bus loading will be at the Grossmont High School parking lots starting at 8:30am. First shuttle leaving at 9am. Day of Ticket prices $30 members, $45 for non-members.

Don't miss this great community event!

History Roundtable Lecture: "Fabulous Foothill-ers"Come this Thursday evening to hear James Newland, Todd Pitman and Dav...
10/16/2022

History Roundtable Lecture: "Fabulous Foothill-ers"
Come this Thursday evening to hear James Newland, Todd Pitman and Dave Hampton provide insight into the centennial of Grossmont High and the art & architectural heritage of its surrounding neighborhoods, Brier Tract, Mt Helix and Grossmont. Featuring stunning images from the work of legendary architects Cliff May, Henry Hayden Whiteley and Lloyd Ruocco.

Thursday October 20th 6:30pm
At the Grossmont Healthcare District Auditorium
9001 Wakarusa Street (next to Briercrest Park)

James Newland: Historian and author of “Around Mt. Helix”

Todd Pitman: Landscape architect & Lloyd Ruocco historian

Dave Hampton: Post-war San Diego visual art & architecture historian

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-roundtable-lecture-series-fabulous-foothill-ers-tickets-433122710687

*Images from the Cole House, designed by architect Lloyd Ruocco. Part of our Home Tour 2022, happening on November 5th!

We're looking forward to hearing James Newland, Todd Pitman and Dave Hampton this coming Thursday evening! Each will be ...
10/16/2022

We're looking forward to hearing James Newland, Todd Pitman and Dave Hampton this coming Thursday evening! Each will be providing show-and-tell presentations about mid-century architecture in the Brier Tract, Mt Helix & Grossmont areas of La Mesa.

James Newland: Historian and author of “Around Mt. Helix”

Todd Pitman: Landscape architect & Lloyd Ruocco historian

Dave Hampton: Post-war San Diego visual art & architecture historian

https://lamesahistory.com/event/history-roundtable-lecture-series-fabulous-foothill-ers/

La Mesa History Center invites all to learn more about the architectural and artistic heritage of the century-old Grossmont High School and its surrounding neighborhoods

Volunteers Needed!La Mesa History Center (formally La Mesa Historical Society) is actively searching for docents to help...
09/24/2022

Volunteers Needed!
La Mesa History Center (formally La Mesa Historical Society) is actively searching for docents to help with this year's Annual Historic Home Tour scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2022.

If you would like to volunteer for this wonderful community event, please email: [email protected]

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The McKinney House and research archives will not be open today September 3rd, due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Tha...
09/03/2022

The McKinney House and research archives will not be open today September 3rd, due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Thanks, we'll be open again on Sept 10th at 1:00pm!

Heading to the Mt. Helix Food and Wine Fest? Stop by the LMHC table to say "Hi" and learn about our upcoming Historic Ho...
08/21/2022

Heading to the Mt. Helix Food and Wine Fest? Stop by the LMHC table to say "Hi" and learn about our upcoming Historic Home Tour, happening on November 5th!

La Mesa History Center participated in the return of La Mesa's beloved Flag Day Parade! Congratulations on the return of...
06/04/2022

La Mesa History Center participated in the return of La Mesa's beloved Flag Day Parade! Congratulations on the return of this wonderful, community focused event!

Come and join the La Mesa History Center at the Flag Day Parade in the village, starting at 10am!
06/04/2022

Come and join the La Mesa History Center at the Flag Day Parade in the village, starting at 10am!

Congratulations to all of our San Diego State University (SDSU) graduates! The graduation festivities begin today and wi...
05/12/2022

Congratulations to all of our San Diego State University (SDSU) graduates! The graduation festivities begin today and will continue through the end of the weekend, so beware of increased traffic in the La Mesa area. Pictured below are several images captured of the SDSU campus for the 1957 yearbook. In addition, the June 29, 1957 edition of the La Mesa Scout depicts the forty-eight La Mesan graduates from SDSU that year. Best wishes to our graduates and be sure to join us for the event at the McKinney House this Saturday, May 14th from 1-4pm.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our local mothers and grandmothers. Pictured below are Mother’s Day advertisements from the...
05/08/2022

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our local mothers and grandmothers. Pictured below are Mother’s Day advertisements from the April 28, 1966, edition of the La Mesa Scout. These long-standing businesses including the La Mesa Drug Co. and Homeland Florist that may be familiar to you have been around for decades, celebrating and supporting our mothers each and every year. How do these advertisements from 1966 compare to the Mother’s Day advertisements we see today? Let us know in the comment section! Today and every day, thank you to the mothers of La Mesa!

Today is Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla that celebrates Mexico’s triumph over France during the ...
05/05/2022

Today is Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla that celebrates Mexico’s triumph over France during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. Even though the holiday is relatively minor in Mexico, in the United States, it has become a holiday to commemorate Mexican history, culture, and heritage. In La Mesa, there have been celebrations each year to bring awareness to California’s Mexican heritage. Pictured below is a flyer for the Grossmont Center’s “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta” from the 1970s. In addition, in 1982, there was a Cinco de Mayo art contest for La Mesa children and the last image from the May 14, 1982 edition of the La Mesa Scout pictures the winners of the contest receiving their prizes in La Mesa Square. To find out about more about our local Cinco de Mayo celebrations, check out our archives on Saturdays from 1-4pm!

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Connecting La Mesa’s Past and Present

The La Mesa Historical Society is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to collecting and sharing La Mesa’s stories with the community. Through events like our Annual Historic Home Tour and our Roundtable lecture series, we continue to engage with and educate others about La Mesa’s unique history.

In addition to our special events, we also open our archives at the historic McKinney House to the public, Saturdays from 1-4pm. Our collections include documents, records, photographs, artifacts, video, and oral history throughout La Mesa’s history.

By becoming a member of LMHS, you can support the preservation of La Mesa’s stories and gain access to special events and activities hosted by the Historical Society.


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Having a great time being a docent and touring and sponsoring the La Mesa History Center today
The La Mesa History Center Historic Tour is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 5!

Details below at original post from La Mesa History Center
The historic home tours we’ve missed so much during the pandemic are back! Act quickly, though, because the La Mesa History Center 16th Annual Home tour is Saturday, November 5 from 9am to 3pm. For tickets and more information, visit lamesahistorycenter.com

http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/1122lamesahometour.htm

La Mesa History Center
Don't miss this great community event at the 16th Annual La Mesa History Center Home Tour, Saturday, November 5th!
RSVP for our Fall Open House event on Wednesday, November 2nd (10 AM - 1 PM) — we'll have special guest Carol Lockwood from the La Mesa History Center giving a walking art tour of the beautiful Briercrest Park.

Learn more: grossmonthealthcare.org/fallopenhouse
Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (MGHarchitect on Instagram) is sponsoring the La Mesa History Center’s Home Tour which takes place on November 5th, 9-4, go to La Mesa History Center to sign up!!! Thank you to Ian Patzke and COPY It for the photographs and design for the ad spot in the tour guide!!!!
And thanks to my wonderful clients: Debbie and Roger on the bottom and Debbie and Scott on the top. (Two different Debbies!!!!)
Oct 20th! Join James Newland historian and author of “Around Mt. Helix” Todd Pitman, landscape architect & Lloyd Ruocco historian, and Dave Hampton, post-war San Diego visual art & architecture historian to discuss La Mesa’s unique mid-century art and architectural history.

La Mesa History Center
Beautiful Photo of Hodgson House in its Hey Day
October 5, 2021 is Grossmont Center's 60th anniversary! Come take a journey through the past by visiting our exhibit of Grossmont Center's history, open October 1-10 at The Well Community for Women. Also be sure to join us on October 9 for a historical seminar by the La Mesa Historical Society, as well as trivia, treats and prizes!
Hey folks, you can join me to support the La Mesa Historical Society by purchasing a commemorative brick for the landscaping of the historic McKinney House: https://lamesahistory.com/mckinney-house-landscape-to-get-an-update/
Tuning in now to La Mesa Historical Society Historic Home Tour on Facebook Live
Babe Ruth lived on ?

Kyle Whissel joins Jim Newland from the La Mesa Historical Society on the of Mt Nebo to talk about the history of Mt. Nebo and to find out about the truth of living in La Mesa. On this episode of and Everything East County by East County Eats

Photos and Video courtesy of the La Mesa Historical society.
*Previously recorded.
Babe Ruth lived on ?

Kyle Whissel is joined by Jim Newland from the La Mesa Historical Society to talk about the history of Mt. Nebo and find out about the truth of living in La Mesa.

Photos and Video courtesy of the La Mesa Historical society.
*Previously recorded.
Does anyone have old photos of Mount Helix Reservoir, now a subdivision called Lake Helix, on Lemon Avenue?