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.

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.

For thirty-five of its first forty two years the City of Lemon Grove has been guided by two mayors – James Dorman and ...
07/08/2019

For thirty-five of its first forty two years the City of Lemon Grove has been guided by two mayors – James Dorman and Mary Sessom. The growth and stability of the City are largely attributable to their leadership and vision.

Here are the Mayors of Lemon Grove

James V. Dorman 1977-1992 Attorney

Lemon Grove’s first mayor. Dorman was noted for his service to the Lemon Grove School Board, the Lemon Grove Fire Protection District and advocacy for the incorporation of Lemon Grove prior to his election to the city council. Selected unanimously to lead the City by fellow council members he became known for leading the formation of the City, maintaining a unified city council and bringing about successful redevelopment projects within the City.

Brian Cochran 1992-1994 Attorney

Brian Cochran was in the middle of a four year term as city councilman when he was elevated to the office of mayor by vote of the city council after Mayor James Dorman chose not to seek reelection to the council. Cochran gave up his seat in a bid for the California State Assembly in 1994.

Robert F. Burns 1994- 1996 Veterinarian

Robert “Bob” Burns was one of the five original members of the Lemon Grove City Council. He served continuously from the City’s incorporated in 1977. Like Dorman, he was a Lemon Grove Fire Protection District director and an advocate for the incorporation of Lemon Grove. He became the last Lemon Grove mayor selected by a vote of the city council.

Mary Teresa Sessom 1996-2016 Attorney

When Mary Sessom stepped down as mayor in 2016 she became the longest serving mayor in City history. She was the first woman to become Lemon Grove’s mayor. She was also the first directly elected mayor as the City voted for a direct election system two years earlier. She served on the City Council for two years prior to her election as mayor.

Racquel Vasquez 2017-today Public Information Officer

Narrowly elected to the office of mayor over a fellow council member, Raquel Vasquez became the first African American mayor of a City within the County of San Diego.

The City of Lemon Grove incorporated on July 1, 1977. In the 42 years since incorporation, five people have served as Ma...
07/01/2019

The City of Lemon Grove incorporated on July 1, 1977.

In the 42 years since incorporation, five people have served as Mayor of Lemon Grove. Can you name them?

06/28/2019
City Government of Lemon Grove

You may have seen this video originally produced about nine months ago. If you have not seen it, take a minute to celebrate the City with the Best Climate on Earth!

https://www.facebook.com/cityoflemongrove/videos/1898944253554424/

Check out this awesome video that Lemon Grove resident Jason Stockberger made to show his community pride. Visit him on Instagram @j_stock_aerial_imaging to check out his local photos.

Remember to register to vote this month to make your voice heard in the upcoming November 6 elections. You have until October 22 to register on the California Secretary of State's website: https://registertovote.ca.gov/.

And now it's time for Lemon Grove's Concerts in the Park.
06/24/2019

And now it's time for Lemon Grove's Concerts in the Park.

06/21/2019
Helix awards mini-grant for fifth grade desalination project |

Lemon Grove was once a dry landscape covered by cactus and sage. Imported water has long been the key to our agricultural past. Lemons cannot grow without water!

Learning about the importance of water should be part of a school’s curriculum, and one Lemon Grove school is leading the way.

Congratulations are in order for Saint John of the Cross School who received a mini-grant to develop a water desalination project module for its fifth grade science classes. A check for $250 was presented by the Helix Water District to the school at a recent school assembly.

https://hwd.com/helix-awards-mini-grant-for-fifth-grade-desalination-project/?fbclid=IwAR1hCcU35xT2eYTnkLBL6EhaSItReL0btFN4NrulO55frrcHcIoU1LWPa4s

Helix awards mini-grant for fifth grade desalination project May 31, 2019 | Community Helix Water District has awarded Saint John of the Cross Catholic School, located in Lemon Grove, a $250 educational mini-grant for its fifth grade science program. Helix Board of Director Mark Gracyk presented the...

Harry Griffen Regional Park was named for the Lemon Grove bank manager and celery grower known as “Mr. Water.” Griff...
06/16/2019

Harry Griffen Regional Park was named for the Lemon Grove bank manager and celery grower known as “Mr. Water.”

Griffen served as a trustee of the Grossmont High School District (1941-1945); the Lemon Grove School Board (1946-1953). He represented Lemon Grove on the Helix Water District Board of Directors (1951-1978). He was President of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)(1972-1973); Served on the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA)(1956-1995) and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD)(1963-1995).

You can enjoy the park named for him and hear some great music Sundays at Six through July 28, 2019. See you there!

Our Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series is BACK starting June 16! Join us every Sunday through July 28 at Harry Griffen Park for live music from local favorites. For more information, visit www.cityoflamesa.us/DocumentCenter/View/12748/2019-Sundays-at-Six-flyer_gw?bidId=

Last Wednesday, gales of laughter greeted the comedies featured on The Short List Showcase for International Short Film....
06/10/2019

Last Wednesday, gales of laughter greeted the comedies featured on The Short List Showcase for International Short Film. But, wait, there's more:

Coming up on June 12 at 6 pm in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, we present a treasure trove of comedy, drama, documentary and musicals. The Brits, Belgians, Bulgarians, French and Americans outdo themselves with intriguing, one-of-a-kind films shown only in the Lemon Grove Library.

Programs are geared to a general audience, suitable for ages 18 and over, free--plus, you'll be home before dark.

We thank our ace branch librarian, Charlotte King-Mills, for the popcorn and beverages. Charlotte will be back with the goodies come Wednesday. See you there.

The Short List Showcase for the Best Short Films on Earth is BackThe Lemon Grove Historical Society presents a month of ...
06/03/2019

The Short List Showcase for the Best Short Films on Earth is Back

The Lemon Grove Historical Society presents a month of great short films starting June 5th and running every Wednesday in June from 6 - 7 pm in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.

Winner of multiple Emmy Awards, "The Short List" was the sleeper hit of public TV stations for 16 years.

Each half-hour show presented comedy, drama, documentary and animation by filmmakers around the globe. The unique line-up was distinct to "The Short List," which pioneered the concept of a "film festival in your living room."

On June 5, film fans will enjoy French, Italian and Dutch comedies, a Swiss comedy-drama, an American musical, and Mexican, Canadian and American animations.

The series is free and suitable for ages 18 and over. Programs will run on Wednesdays through June 26.

Information: 619-460-4353.

The award-winning Girl Scout Troop 6786 will hold a rummage sale on June 8 from 8 am to 1 pm behind the Parsonage Museum...
05/30/2019

The award-winning Girl Scout Troop 6786 will hold a rummage sale on June 8 from 8 am to 1 pm behind the Parsonage Museum, 3185 Olive Street, Civic Center Park, Lemon Grove.

All proceeds benefit the troop's signature heritage project in 2018-19, the restoration of the landmark pillars at Cuyamaca and Buena Vista Avenues in Lemon Grove.

Housewares, hobby supplies, furniture and more will be on sale at great prices!

Information: 619-460-4353.

If you have rummage to contribute to the cause, leave a message at the above phone number. We will arrange for drop off at the museum on Friday, June 7, between 9 am and noon. Please note, we cannot handle appliances, organs, pianos, tractors, or other big, heavy items.

USMC Veteran Lou De Beer Relates "A Soldier's Story"The Lemon Grove Historical Society proudly presents "A Soldier's Sto...
05/27/2019

USMC Veteran Lou De Beer Relates "A Soldier's Story"

The Lemon Grove Historical Society proudly presents "A Soldier's Story" on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy Invasion that led to Victory in Europe in WW II.

Lou De Beer and his family survived the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, despite being split up among concentration camps, and made it to America in 1944, where he completed his schooling, then enlisted in the Marine Corps.

He served with distinction in the Korean War, then worked for the NSA. His military and government career spanned the Cold War and the conflicts of the later half of the 20th century. Don't miss this riveting, in-person biography.

When: June 6, 2019 at 7 pm
Where: H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove

This presentation will conclude the 41st annual "History Alive" lecture series.

"History Alive" is free, essential and suitable for ages 18 and over.

Videotaping of "History Alive" lectures for scholarly reference is underwritten by a Community Enhancement Grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on the recommendation of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, District 2. Ancillary costs of the series are underwritten in part by the Mary England Endowment for Education.

Girl Scout Troop 6786 and the Lemon Grove Historical Society have been named the recipients of the 2018 Stewardship Awar...
05/22/2019

Girl Scout Troop 6786 and the Lemon Grove Historical Society have been named the recipients of the 2018 Stewardship Award for a preservation project by the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) of San Diego.

Four 13-year-old members of Girl Scout Troop 6786 of Spring Valley and Lemon Grove are receiving the Award. They are among the youngest of more than 400 People In Preservation honorees selected over 37 years.

Working with co-winners, the Lemon Grove Historical Society, they spent more than 300 hours repairing, restoring and re-stuccoing in vintage style two circa 1912 pillars that mark Lemon Grove’s first modern subdivision.

Scouts Lianne Alforque, Danika Cuellar, Cher Flores, and Jordyn Gresham completed this strenuous, gritty Heritage Project in 2018, the San Diego County Girl Scouts’ centennial year.

With troop leader Courtney Cuellar, the young preservationists have already been honored with a County Girl Scouts Silver Award and saluted by Lemon Grove’s mayor and city council.

You are invited to attend the presentation of the award.

When: Thursday, May 30th from 6 PM to 8 PM
Where: Marston House, 3525 7th Avenue, San Diego
Information: 619-297-9327
Tickets are available on line at
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4217647

The Lemon Grove Historical Society mourns the passing of retired teacher and longtime softball umpire, James R “Jim”...
05/20/2019

The Lemon Grove Historical Society mourns the passing of retired teacher and longtime softball umpire, James R “Jim” Gibilisco (1946 – 2019).

Jim served as the Umpire-In-Chief for the Southern California Amateur Softball Association. He designed and taught training programs for hundreds of new umpires. He was inducted into the San Diego County Sports Officials Hall of Fame in 2009.

A native of Nebraska, Jim served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era. Upon discharge he attended San Diego State University receiving a degree in mathematics. He subsequently embarked on a 40 year career teaching in the San Diego Unified School District.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00am on May 22nd at St. John of the Cross Church in Lemon Grove, where Jim was a longtime member, lector, and Eucharist minister.

The big day is fast approaching!  This Saturday and Sunday (May 18 and 19) is the Spring Valley Historical Society’s a...
05/13/2019

The big day is fast approaching!

This Saturday and Sunday (May 18 and 19) is the Spring Valley Historical Society’s annual Rummage Sale. The gates open at 8 AM both days. The gates close at 4 PM on Saturday and 1PM Sunday.

Donations for the sale are still being accepted. You can drop off good, usable items at the Bancroft Ranch House Museum located at 9050 Memory Lane in Spring Valley any day this week. Take Bancroft Drive to Memory Lane. Turn south. It is at the dead end of the street. For Information call (619) 469-1480.

Our sister society relies on the proceeds of this annual sale to keep the Bancroft Ranch House Museum open. It is the largest sale of its type in the Lemon Grove – Spring Valley area. Let’s all be there!

It is time for the Lion's Annual Salsa y Salsa Fiesta. It is a lot of fun and you meet great people. If you have never a...
05/09/2019

It is time for the Lion's Annual Salsa y Salsa Fiesta. It is a lot of fun and you meet great people. If you have never attended, here is your chance to have a really good time. See you there!

Not to late to get the Hottest Ticket in Town, Salsa Y Salsa time. Saturday May 11, 6pm-9pm, Salsa Contest come help us pick a winner, Mexican Food, Music Prizes, $20 in advance, $25 at the door Lemon Grove Historical Society Lemon Grove Historical Society Heartland Firefighters of Lemon Grove Lemon Grove Little League City Government of Lemon Grove

Art Days in the Library is Back!    The Lemon Grove Library will present Art Days, a two-part, inter-generational event ...
05/06/2019

Art Days in the Library is Back!

The Lemon Grove Library will present Art Days, a two-part, inter-generational event on May 14-15 in the library, 3001 School Lane.

Our littlest artists lead off on May 14, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, with "Preschool Art Show" curated by their Lemon Grove teachers and library staff. The work of these teensy painters is something to behold, so do stop by, or catch the show through May during library hours.

Artists, military wives and lifelong soul-mates Ellen Glasgow (Kentucky) and Sandra MacDiarmid (California) will be in town for "Mail Art: correspondence from the heart" on May 15, 5:30 - 7 pm. A reception followed by Q & A moderated by Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society, will center on samples of the women's correspondence accompanied by their gorgeous water colors and intricate drawings.

In this case of art-meets-life-meets-art-meets-the-USPS, Glasgow and MacDiarmid have chronicled their friendship and life challenges over the decades and discovered each other's capacity for ceaseless creative expression. The result is a personal and artistic partnership that began when stamps were four cents each and has transcended the Internet with its truncated linguistics, casual transitions, keyboarding and speed.

Not so the work of these two distinct individuals. Both hand-write and illustrate every letter. Glasgow runs the Capital Gallery of Contemporary Art in Frankfort, KY when not sending or receiving "mail art" from MacDiarmid, a noted printmaker and water colorist. Both have raised children, both were in the vanguard of what has become a world-wide movement--what one writer termed "putting the post in post modern." Each is surprised by the content from her close friend. Each can hardly wait for the next envelope.

We can hardly wait for this exhibit, which will run through May. Mark your calendars and joins us for an in-person meeting with Ellen and Sandra on May 15.

Information: 619-463-9810.

"Garden of the Dead" Next "History Alive"Don't miss award-winning historian Alexander Bevil this Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm...
04/30/2019

"Garden of the Dead" Next "History Alive"

Don't miss award-winning historian Alexander Bevil this Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove. His remarkable topic, "The Garden of the Dead" at the Presidio, lays bare the neglect of this crucial section of the famous old park and its centuries of inhabitants.

George Marston, founder of the San Diego Historical Society (now History Center) first drew attention to the site early in the 20th century because he recognized the pivotal importance of honoring pioneers by preserving their graves. This hallowed ground prompted Father Serra to say, "Their names are known only to God."

But Bevil is on the case and will share the riveting story in words and pictures.

"History Alive" is free, essential and suitable for ages 18 and over.

Videotaping lectures for posterity is underwritten by a Community Enhancement Grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on the recommendation of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, District 2. Ancillary costs of the series are underwritten in part by the Mary England Endowment for Education.

Wondering what to do this weekend?  Check out the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival at Cuyamaca College, the Heritage...
04/25/2019
Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival | The Water Conservation Garden

Wondering what to do this weekend? Check out the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival at Cuyamaca College, the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Water Conservation Garden.

This annual event is educational, fun for the kids. It includes demonstrations and a great plant sale courtesy of the college Horticultural Department. .

Admission is free. Parking is free. Click below for information.

https://thegarden.org/springfestival/

The Lemon Grove Bakery is for sale. Our iconic bakery is the oldest, continuously operated commercial building in town. ...
04/18/2019
Lemon Grove Bakery needs customer chairs

The Lemon Grove Bakery is for sale. Our iconic bakery is the oldest, continuously operated commercial building in town. It is located on the corner where business has been conducted since 1891. The current Mission Revival building was built in 1912.

The Lemon Grove Historical Society’s award-winning mural, telling the story of our town, is on the Pacific Street wall.

The mural was placed there courtesy of the Ohlund family, one time building owners of the Grove Pastry Shop and continued by agreement of Burton Enterprises, the current owner.

We hope the new owners appreciate the history of the building and the mural which means so much to the community of Lemon Grove.

https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2018/jul/27/stringers-lemon-grove-bakery-needs-customer-chairs/#

Lemon Grove Bakery looks the same - except for one thing. The open space in front of the display case is now missing the tables and chairs that customers used for chatting over coffee and cupcakes. A new visit tells me the patrons who enjoyed it are gone, too.

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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