Lemon Grove Historical Society

Lemon Grove Historical Society The Lemon Grove Historical Society is Lemon Grove’s leading cultural institution. Founded in 1978, the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. ~ Preserve Lemon Grove History ~ Attend an event ~ Visit our museum ~ Donate to the cause ~ Join us!
The Lemon Grove Historical Society (LGHS) is Lemon Grove’s leading cultural institution. Founded in 1978, the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Membership is open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations. LGHS has an important track record in historic preservation, in promoting and displaying the work of regional artists, and in providing insight into huge world events and their impact on the home town. LGHS saved the City’s first church, the 1897 First Congregational Church of Christ (also known as the “Atherton Chapel”) and oversaw its adaptive reuse as the Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove. This Folk Victorian charmer offers two floors of beautiful exhibits related to the history of the community. LGHS received a 2001 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for the rehabilitation of the building. The Society further saved the 1928 H. Lee House, a handsome Tudor Revival mansion, and oversaw its adaptive reuse as the City’s cultural center. It is a popular site for social rentals. Located in Civic Center Park, in the heart of Lemon Grove, the Parsonage Museum and the H. Lee House Cultural Center are owned by the City of Lemon Grove and operated by the Lemon Grove Historical Society.
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The Lemon Grove Historical Society (LGHS) is Lemon Grove’s leading cultural institution. Founded in 1978, the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Membership is open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations. LGHS has an important track record in historic preservation, in promoting and displaying the work of regional artists, and in providing insight into huge world events and their impact on the home town. LGHS saved the City’s first church, the 1897 First Congregational Church of Christ (also known as the “Atherton Chapel”) and oversaw its adaptive reuse as the Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove. This Folk Victorian charmer offers two floors of beautiful exhibits related to the history of the community. LGHS received a 2001 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for the rehabilitation of the building. The Society further saved the 1928 H. Lee House, a handsome Tudor Revival mansion, and oversaw its adaptive reuse as the City’s cultural center. It is a popular site for social rentals. Located in Civic Center Park, in the heart of Lemon Grove, the Parsonage Museum and the H. Lee House Cultural Center are owned by the City of Lemon Grove and operated by the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

Mission: The society’s mission is to research, preserve and share the history of Lemon Grove in a regional/state/national context, promote interest in the arts and humanities, especially historical studies, and operate sites and public programs that advance these goals.

It’s Official!  Lemon Grove’s Civic Center Park is now the Treganza Heritage Park - named in honor of the Treganza famil...
02/08/2020

It’s Official!

Lemon Grove’s Civic Center Park is now the Treganza Heritage Park - named in honor of the Treganza family whose contributions to the Lemon Grove community span over a century.

We are particularly pleased as members of the Treganza family played key roles in preserving the history of Lemon Grove, founding the Lemon Grove Historical Society and saving the historical buildings that make up the core of Treganza Heritage Park.

Stay tuned as we plan a community celebration to be held later this year!

Is it cold enough for you?  Yes it is cold, but nothing like the winter of 1913 when the daytime high was 45 degrees.  A...
02/05/2020

Is it cold enough for you? Yes it is cold, but nothing like the winter of 1913 when the daytime high was 45 degrees.

At Lemon Grove that year, A. V. Jester, manager of the fruit growers’ association reported an overnight low temperature of 20 degrees with ice on the ground one half inch thick. He estimated that 490 acres of fruit were affected by the frost, likely resulting in half the crop being damaged.

Water pipes in about half the houses were frozen. Some pipes burst from the cold. Schools were closed and kids had the rare opportunity to skate on the frozen ice.

Weather reports were not as accurate as they are today and Lemon Grove growers were caught off guard by the rapid fall in temperatures.

Natural gas lines reached Lemon Grove in 1912, but most homes were still heated by wood fireplaces or coal burning stoves.

In 2020 we have much for which to be thankful. Celebrate your family, your friends and be thankful for the food, the technology, the modern homes and conveniences – and yes, the relatively mild weather - we enjoy today.

The Man Who Takes the Pictures Tells the Story The Lemon Grove Historical Society continues its “History Alive” lecture ...
01/30/2020

The Man Who Takes the Pictures Tells the Story

The Lemon Grove Historical Society continues its “History Alive” lecture series with “A Fireside Chat with Mike Norris,” the award-winning, veteran photographer.

Trained at Laney College, Oakland, California, under Kenneth Lane, Norris's work is inspired by the highly charged, emotional images of Gordon Parks.

Norris was the personal photographer of Junior Seau of Chargers fame and has photographed for many newspapers and magazines, as well as for his own periodical, “Picture San Diego.”

In 2019 he received a photojournalism award from San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, the distinguished weekly now approaching its 60th anniversary.

With LGHS president Roberta Bulling moderating, Norris will discuss his philosophical, artistic and technical growth.

When: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Where: H Lee House Cultural Center
3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove
Cost: Free

The Chinese New Year is the celebration marking the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. In 2020...
01/25/2020

The Chinese New Year is the celebration marking the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. In 2020 it falls on January 25th.

The holiday is a time to honor ancestors and we wish to honor the memory of a Chinese American who fought for birth right citizenship provided by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

His name is Wong Kim Ark.

Born in San Francisco in 1873; he was denied re-entry to the U.S. after a trip to China in 1895.

After a lengthy court battle, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor, establishing the principle, that a child born in the United States, of parents ... who, at the time of his birth…have a permanent domicile and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity (of a foreign government), becomes at the time of his birth a citizen of the United States….

See more at the California Museum and at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y487b7mQj0

A Memorable "Remembrance Project" on Jan. 25The Lemon Grove Historical Society and its cultural partner, the Lemon Grove...
01/20/2020

A Memorable "Remembrance Project" on Jan. 25

The Lemon Grove Historical Society and its cultural partner, the Lemon Grove Library, return with a riveting "Remembrance Project" on Saturday, January 25 at 2 pm in the library, 3001 School Lane.

Veteran soldier Lou De Beer will be back by popular demand to present "Eyewitness to History: Childhood Under the Nazi Occupation."

Never-before-seen news footage of the Nazis marching into Lou's hometown, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with music and further footage of the beleaguered city punctuate his matter-of-fact recounting of his family's suffering during WW II.

Once safely in America, Lou served his adopted country in the Marine Corps and fought in Korea. His distinguished military career resulted in, among other recognition, the Coronado Avenue of Heroes Award.

The Remembrance Project explores the impact of mighty world events on the individual--who so often prove to be brave beyond brave. Please join us for this memorable afternoon.

Information: 619-463-9819.

Got Historical Photos?We do. And we're sharing them at the Lemon Grove Library in a special exhibit on view during libra...
01/13/2020

Got Historical Photos?

We do. And we're sharing them at the Lemon Grove Library in a special exhibit on view during library hours.

See images of Lemon Grove from 1897 into the 1970s. Where did that Big Lemon come from? When was Main Street first paved? How about that parade float in 1919? Who won that 1915 baseball trophy? What was parking on Broadway like during the 1950s?

Stop by the Parsonage Museum on a Saturday, 11 am - 1 pm, and see even more photographs -- but don't miss the library exhibit assembled in cooperation with our faves, the staff of our own gorgeous library.

What: Lemon Grove Historic Photo Exhibit
Where: Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane
When: now until February 28, 2020 during library hours.

Information: 619-463-9819.

History Alive!Jesus Benayas, President, House of Spain (Balboa Park), returns by popular demand with the story of Spain’...
01/06/2020

History Alive!

Jesus Benayas, President, House of Spain (Balboa Park), returns by popular demand with the story of Spain’s involvement in the American Revolution.

There is a little-known history here, involving a nation of deep importance to our past, present and future.

This outstanding speaker relates the lesser-known story of Spain’s involvement in the American Revolution and its role in the discovery and settling of North America. Things we take for granted (like the dollar sign, not to mention language, architecture, food, art, music, literature, business, and more) have roots in Spain.

When: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Where: H Lee House Cultural Center
3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove
Cost: Free

Meet Our New PresidentThe Lemon Grove Historical Society's new president, Roberta Bulling was a guest on KUSI-TV yesterd...
01/04/2020
New president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society -

Meet Our New President

The Lemon Grove Historical Society's new president, Roberta Bulling was a guest on KUSI-TV yesterday. If you have not met her, take this opportunity to hear her talk about the historical society and its role in the community. (click below)

Over 40 Years in Lemon Grove

Roberta Ford Bulling was born in Pasadena and grew up in Arcadia, California, where seeing the Rose Parade in person was an annual New Year’s day event for her family.

Roberta studied at San Francisco State College ultimately completing her education at San Diego State College with a B. A. in Fine Arts and Humanities, and an M. A. in Education.

In 1969 Roberta married Chilean immigrant, Pedro Bulling. The bilingual couple's three children attended Lemon Grove schools and graduated from Mt. Miguel High School.

Roberta taught English as a Second Language and basic reading skills to adults for 22 years in the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Adult Education Division.

She bring an interests in the visual and performing arts, and promoting culture and education to help build community to her new role.

Mrs. Bulling will hold office through May 31, 2020 when elections of new board members will be held.

https://www.kusi.com/new-president-of-the-lemon-grove-historical-society/

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Lemon Grove Historical Society has a new president, and she brings an outstanding skill set to her new role. Roberta Bulling will hold office through May 31, 2020 when elections of new board members will be held. She was in studio to talk about how she plans on moving the hi...

A number of Lemon Grove’s early settlers were of Scotch - Irish descent. They brought with them their Christmas traditio...
12/24/2019

A number of Lemon Grove’s early settlers were of Scotch - Irish descent. They brought with them their Christmas traditions.

Decorating the house with evergreens is a tradition that has enjoyed uninterrupted continuity in Ireland since pagan times. Holly, ivy and other evergreens native to Ireland were brought inside as a reminder that life persisted in this dark time of the year. Fir trees were introduced much later in Ireland by the Victorians.

This practice was later adapted to the celebration of Christmas when Holly was re-cast to represent Christ's crown of thorns (and the berries his drops of blood) for example. Holly branches with red berries were the most sought-after and especially hard to find during a cold winter (as birds were inclined to have eaten them all).

Photo and text courtesy of Ireland Reaching Out. For more Irish Christmas traditions see:
https://irelandxo.com/ireland-xo/news/irelandxo-insight-traditional-irish-christmas

The Lemon Grove Historical Society’s annual membership drive is “on” and we need your support. Preserving history is not...
12/18/2019
Become a Member | Lemon Grove Historical Society

The Lemon Grove Historical Society’s annual membership drive is “on” and we need your support. Preserving history is not expensive, but it is not free.

We need your membership to preserve historic buildings, maintain the archives and bring programs to schools and public audiences.

Help us keep Lemon Grove history alive. Join today! And give a gift of membership to a friend.

Basic membership is $15 – good for one year. Send your check to: LGHS at P.O. Box 624, Lemon Grove. CA 91946

Your contribution is tax deductible.

Additional information is available at:
https://www.lghistorical.org/membership/

Become a Member Welcome to the Lemon Grove Historical Society! This is where you can become a new member of our dynamic organization, or renew an existing membership. Members receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, The Lemon Tree. Join with us now to support historic preservation, and he...

In 1911 Lemon Grove lacked a hotel. So the place to go for Christmas dinner in East County was the Lakeside Inn. Roads b...
12/16/2019

In 1911 Lemon Grove lacked a hotel. So the place to go for Christmas dinner in East County was the Lakeside Inn.

Roads back then were not what they are today, but the main road from San Diego went through Lemon Grove.

Lemon Grove notables such as Ed Fletcher were known to host a large party of guests for this Christmas tradition.

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Stop by the Holiday Craft Fair at Mount Miguel High School this Saturday.  You can ...
12/11/2019

Looking for a unique Christmas gift?

Stop by the Holiday Craft Fair at Mount Miguel High School this Saturday. You can find handcrafted gifts made by your high school friends. There will be over 30 crafters with lots of different beautiful handmade items!

This event is sponsored by the Mount Miguel Alumni Foundation.

It’s a Lemon Grove Tradition! On December 24th, 1915 members of the Lemon Grove Community Club built a bonfire in front ...
12/02/2019

It’s a Lemon Grove Tradition!

On December 24th, 1915 members of the Lemon Grove Community Club built a bonfire in front of the schoolhouse at Central and Main Streets and served refreshments at the adjacent club house (known today as the Parsonage Museum).

This year the community gathering will be held on Friday, December 6th, near the original site in Civic Center Park.

We encourage everyone to come to the Christmas Open House, 5 - 8 pm, tour the museum, visit Santa Claus in the H. Lee House (the Right Jolly Old Elf will be in residence 5:30 - 7:30 pm) and enjoy the Annual Bonfire, which will be lit at 6 pm.

The City-sponsored bonfire event begins at 4 pm and includes games, refreshments, carriage rides, caroling, live music and more.

We all know the story of the thanksgiving when, in the fall of 1621, the pilgrims gave thanks for a bountiful harvest an...
11/28/2019
The Lyon arrives in Plymouth

We all know the story of the thanksgiving when, in the fall of 1621, the pilgrims gave thanks for a bountiful harvest and shared the bounty with friendly Native Americans.

But was this the first thanksgiving?

In the 1600s it was common in England and parts of Europe to set aside days for giving thanks to God. The celebrations were tied more to events than to a time of year or a harvest.

On September 8, 1565 thanksgiving was celebrated by a group of Spaniards lead by Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilé, in Saint Augustine, Florida. Menéndez de Avilé even invited the Timucua tribe to dine with them on that thanksgiving.

In 1598 in San Elizario, Texas, Spanish explorer Juan de Onate, on the banks of the Rio Grande, along with those with him held a thanksgiving festival after they successfully crossed over 350 miles of Mexican desert.

On December 4th, 1619 thirty-eight settlers landed on James River, on a ship called the Margaret, about 20 miles from Jamestown. Their charter required that the day of landing be set aside as a day of thanksgiving both on that first date and every year after. This tradition died out due to the “Indian Massacre of 1622” where many of the settlers were killed and most of the rest fled to Jamestown.

Even the Irish lay claim to the first Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving holiday we know was popularized by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, a magazine editor who engaged in a decades long campaign to create Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Her efforts bore fruit when in 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, “a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

https://irelandxo.com/ireland-xo/history-and-genealogy/timeline/lyon-arrives-plymouth

Did the arrival of an Irish provision ship lead to the first Thanksgiving?

Say it ain't so!  The "go to" store for a generation of local scouts and outdoor enthusiasts is closing. Founded in a ga...
11/25/2019
End of an era: Adventure 16 says goodbye after 57 years in business

Say it ain't so! The "go to" store for a generation of local scouts and outdoor enthusiasts is closing.

Founded in a garage in La Mesa, this company introduced light weight backpacks and camping gear, making getting outdoors much easier.

In the days before Adventure 16, backpacks were made of wood and rope. Tents were made of canvas. Jackets were made of wool.

With designs pioneered by A16, Boy Scout troops like Lemon Grove's Troop 108 could lighten the load, pack more gear and get further away from trailheads to camp in the wilderness.

With A16 Southern Californians were introduced to the back country without the need for pack animals. They could get away from their vehicles and hike with enough equipment for a few days to explore the trails and lakes of the Sierras.

To the founders and dedicated employees of A16, we salute you and thank you for your service.

https://www.snewsnet.com/people/adventure-16-is-closing

CEO John Mead said he couldn't make ends meet anymore, but not for lack of trying new things, employing a rockstar staff, and getting people outside.

It is that time again. Let your voice be heard! Vote for your favorite people, places and businesses in East County in t...
11/15/2019

It is that time again. Let your voice be heard!

Vote for your favorite people, places and businesses in East County in the East County Californian Annual Reader’s Poll.

Each year the Lemon Grove Historical Society competes for bragging rights with other non-profit groups and local museums. We think we are the best, and we know you do too.

So let East County know how you feel!

Write in the Lemon Grove Historical Society as your favorite non-profit organization, and vote for the Parsonage Museum as your favorite East County museum.

And while you are at it, let's let East County know we have some great restaurants, businesses and people!

Paper ballots can be found in the current issue of the East County Californian – available at the Lemon Grove Library. Or vote on-line at https://eccalifornian.com/best-of-east-county-2019/

It is a perfect day for an outing!Visit the historical society’s Parsonage Museum at noon. Stop by the Grove Grinder for...
11/09/2019

It is a perfect day for an outing!

Visit the historical society’s Parsonage Museum at noon. Stop by the Grove Grinder for a sandwich at 1 p.m. then celebrate with us at the trolley station in Pomenade Park at 2 p.m.

The weather report says warm and sunny. It will be shirt sleeve weather in Lemon Grove – where we have the Best Climate on Earth.

T.H.R.I.V.E LEMON GROVE & HOUSE GONE WILD INTERNATIONAL.....

Has joined forces to create a Safe, Free, Family-friendly event that has many benefits to the Community.

While exposing the Community to Cultures probably not normally seen, we'll also be revitalizing the Promenade, by giving the Community a place to congregate and vendors a chance to bring food and items for sale.
This event was created to benefit the patrons and the City of Lemon Grove.

NOW, LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!!!

Lemon Grove Promenade 3240 Main Street , Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Staying Safe in an Unsafe WorldThis Thursday, November 7th at 7 pm, come to the H. Lee House, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, t...
11/05/2019

Staying Safe in an Unsafe World

This Thursday, November 7th at 7 pm, come to the H. Lee House, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, to hear Minnie Estrada and her team from the Lemon Grove Sheriff Station conduct a neighborhood safety meeting. This will be "History Alive" at its best as experts in the field provide tips on keeping you, family, business, car, cell phone and computer safe in a world crawling with evildoers and malcontents.

With the holidays upon us, you'll want to master Crime Prevention 101 pronto. This free event includes free handouts, free advice and the company of some great, free people.

This presentation is a part of the Sheriff's Department Community Outreach Program.

"The true measure of an organization is not simply how it performs today; it also includes how it is poised to perform into the future. As your Sheriff, I am proud to say that, in partnership with our communities, we are on the right track to make San Diego County the safest urban county in the nation." ~ Sheriff William Gore

Information: 619-460-4353.

Address

P.O. Box 624, 3185 Olive Street,
Lemon Grove, CA
91946

Metropolitan trolley depot 1.5 blocks north of the museum on Lemon Grove Avenue

General information

LGHS operates a popular event venue and regional tourist attraction. It is managed by a seven member board of directors – all of whom serve without compensation – and a team of dedicated volunteers. The Society welcomes donations of historical artifacts and relies on financial support to accomplish its mission. The Lemon Grove Historical Society is actively seeking volunteers. If you have a skill that you would like to make available to the Society, please let us know. For additional information, visit our web site at http://www.lghistorical.org

Opening Hours

Saturday 11:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(619) 460-4353

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The Lemon Grove Historical Society (LGHS) is Lemon Grove’s leading cultural institution. Founded in 1978, the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Membership is open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations. LGHS has an important track record in historic preservation, in promoting and displaying the work of regional artists, and in providing insight into huge world events and their impact on the home town. LGHS saved the City’s first church, the 1897 First Congregational Church of Lemon Grove (also known as the “Atherton Chapel”) and oversaw its adaptive reuse as the Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove. This Folk Victorian charmer offers two floors of beautiful exhibits related to the history of the community. LGHS received a 2001 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for the rehabilitation of the building. The Society further saved the 1928 H. Lee House, a handsome Tudor Revival mansion, and oversaw its adaptive reuse as the City’s cultural center. It is a popular site for social rentals. Located in Civic Center Park, in the heart of Lemon Grove, the Parsonage Museum and the H. Lee House Cultural Center are owned by the City of Lemon Grove and operated by the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

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About the "Olive St. 13" bottles...(just read the story in the Adelante) Shouldn't that project have had an archaeological monitor present to record, collect, and curate the items found in the "feature?" I wonder Why this wasnt the case? Our company has worked at other Lemon Grove projects...so such monitoring (of the heavy equipment excavation) Has been done in L.G. There should be manufacturer date Codes on the base of many of those bottles (if not all). ?? Let me know if you want any assistance in IDing their age...but looks like 1915-1930 is about right. The small bottle in front, left held shoe polish (in Adelante photo). The aqua jar with the light bulb set in it held medicinal powder or tablets (but wouldnt have a date code on the base). Looks like 5 ketchup. The Pluto Water is the biggest I've ever seen! Some of these bottles had "Americas Physic" written around the shoulder.
Meeting Helen tomorrow to finalize plans for the New Exhibit MILLER DAIRY. We will be ready for Bonfire Night Dec. 1. See you in the Parsonage Museum.
Meeting Helen tomorrow to finalize the plan for the LGHS New Exhibit MILLER DAIRY. We will be ready for Bonfire Might Dec. 1.