La Mesa Historical Society

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DEC. 11

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Historical Society invites you to celebrate the end of the year in style at its annual Christmas Open House on December 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the McKinney House, 8369 University Avenue in La Mesa.

LA MESA PRESENTS 11TH ANNUAL HISTORIC HOME TOUR

 

East County New Service

September 20, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Historical Society, in association with MODERN SAN DIEGO and San Diego Home and Garden, invites you to a showcase of seven hidden jewels, nestled in the hillside of Mt. Helix. The La Mesa Historic Home Tour is set for Saturday, November 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PARALLELS FROM THE PAST: EXHIBIT ON INTERNMENT OF LOCAL JAPANESE-AMERICAN STUDENTS IN WWII EVOKES FEARS “IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN,” SAYS HISTORIAN

 

By Chisato Iverson and Miriam Raftery

 

June 16, 2016 (La Mesa) –For Donna Neimeier at the La Mesa Historical Society, preparing an exhibit on Grossmont High School students forced into internment camps during World War II provided troubling memories from her own childhood.

“I was in first or second grade when all of this happened. I knew that my Japanese friends were gone…We didn’t know where they went,” she recalled.  After  her friends returned, she recalls, “They were very withdrawn and they never talked about it..”

Now she reflects, “Here I am, 75 years later, learning about this whole thing…I think with prejudice and the way we all feel about prejudice now, it’s something that is very upsetting to me personally, that it happened.”   The most important reason for the museum’s exhibit, she believes, is to teach people about the past, in hopes that it will never be repeated.

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND ROTARY CLUB OF LA MESA ANNOUNCE PHOTO PLAQUE UNVEILING TOUR

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2016 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Historical Society has partnered with the Rotary Club of La Mesa in celebrating the unique and inspiring history of La Mesa with the installment of eleven new photo plaques spread throughout the downtown "village". The photo plaques are part of an effort to educate the community and its visitors of the rich La Mesa history. 

“AROUND MT. HELIX” LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ROUNDTABLE JAN. 16

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 8, 2016 (Mt. Helix) – Author and La Mesa Historical Society President James Newland will make a presentation on his new book, Around Mt. Helix, on Saturday, January 16th at 10 a.m.  The event will be held in the Grossmont Healthcare District auditorium at 9001 Wakarusa Street in La Mesa.

AROUND MT. HELIX: NEW BOOK ON AREA'S HISTORY

 

November 24, 2015 (Mt. Helix) - “Images of America: Around Mt. Helix” is on sale now. The Mt. Helix Park Foundation has partnered with La Mesa resident, author and historian James D. Newland to create this photographic history with evocative images.

LA MESA - MT. HELIX MAY ACTIVITIES

June 5 (La Mesa) -- Here's what's happening in La Mesa this month!

There are a number of food events this month, including a Fire Station pancake breakfast, a Craft Beer and Wine Fest, the Taste of La Mesa, three nights of food trucks, and two nights of farmers' markets.

But fear not, as there are also several ways to work off all those calories.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY JUNE 6-20

 

June 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a craft beer and wine festival, Shakespeare, night fishing, poetry by the river, a firefighters’ breakfast, Taste of La Mesa and more. Plus we’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including Julian’s Backcountry Dance and Barbecue, Boars and Brews at Lakeside’s River Park, and much more.  So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S NEXT 2013 HISTORY ROUNDTABLE LECTURE IS SEPT. 28

September 10, 2013 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Historical Society will continue it free History Roundtable Series for 2013 with a presentation on the architectural heritage of La Mesa titled “Emmor Brooke Weaver: Pioneer Architect”.  The presentation featuring Alexander D. Bevil, a historian with California State Parks, will be held on September 28 at 10 a.m. at Grossmont Healthcare District Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa Drive, La Mesa.

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2012 CENTENNIAL YEAR HOME TOUR IS NOV. 3

October 26, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Historical Society’ hosts its 2012 Centennial Home Tour on November 3, which will focus on 5 historic/classic homes in the Date Avenue/Mt. Nebo area.  The event will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will begin at the Shuttle Bus Stop at the City Parking Lot on the northeast corner of Date & Allison.

FALL 2012 HISTORY ROUNDTABLE: LA MESA, YOUTH BASEBALL CAPITAL OF AMERICA

 

September 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Historical Society will hold its fall History Roundtable event on September 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Grossmont Community College, Room 26-220, 8800 Grossmont College Dr., El Cajon.  The topic for the event is “La Mesa Youth Baseball World Champions” which focuses on La Mesa’s astounding your baseball success in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

NEW EXHIBIT: BEING A LA MESA CHILD 100 YEARS AGO

April 7, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Historical Society has opened a new exhibit at its McKinney House Museum at 8369 University Avenue, La Mesa.  It’s featuring a new room display showcasing the history of old time toys and games from tiddlywinks to spinning tops, tin windup toys, kaleidoscope, checkers, jacks and many more to illustrate a child’s play time long ago.  All of the items come from the collections of the Society and are displayed in a classroom setting with old photos of students from Allison School and La Mesa Grammar School between 1910 and 1929.

THE LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE SECOND OF ITS 2012 CENTENNIAL YEAR HISTORY ROUNDTABLE PRESENTATIONS MARCH 17

 
“A City is Born: The Incorporation of La Mesa” With James D. Newland 
 
March 10, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Historical Society continues its popular History Roundtable Series for the City’s Centennial year with a presentation on the efforts to establish the City of La Mesa one hundred years ago on Saturday, March 17, 2012  at 10 a.m. The presentation will take place at the Grossmont Heathcare District Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa Drive, La Mesa 91942 (Next to Briercrest Park). 

LA MESA CENTENNIAL CALENDARS ON SALE AT OKTOBERFEST

 

 

September 29, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Historical Society opens its Centennial year activities with the release for sale of its special edition 2012 Centennial Calendar at Oktoberfest, which runs Sept. 30 through October 2.

 

Calendars feature historic photos plus fun Centennial facts.

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS MATCHING FUNDS TO POLISH UP ITS HISTORIC HOME FOR CITY’S CENTENNIAL

 

New hours of operation also announced

  
 
 
 
September 7, 2011 (La Mesa–To get ready for the La Mesa City 100th anniversary year, the La Mesa Historical Society is raising matching funds for building maintenance and beautification. The Society is also changing the hours the museum will be available for tours. 
 
 
 

LA MESA TO HONOR ITS TINSELTOWN ROOTS AUG. 12-13


Historical Society Honors 100th Anniversary of Flying A Movie Studio

 

August 11, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Hollywood’s long-forgotten roots in La Mesa will be commemorated on the 100th anniversary of San Diego County’s first movie studio with two events honoring the Flying A Movie Company studios.

 

NEW BOOK ON LA MESA KICKS OFF CITY'S CENTENNIAL

 

JUNE 17, 2010 (LA MESA) --The new book, La Mesa, highlights the history of the city in over 200 evocative historical images of notable events, institutions, landmarks and individuals in the area.

 

The book marks the kick off of the 2012 City of La Mesa Centennial celebration, and all author proceeds are being donated to the La Mesa Historical Society, from whose archives the images come.

 

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VISIT THE PAST AT LA MESA HISTORICAL HOMES TOUR NOV. 7

The La Mesa Historical Society presents the 4th annual Home Tour on Saturday, November 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The tour features five historic homes in the downtown La Mesa area. The tour will highlight 5 properties which will include Bungalow, Spanish Eclectic and Moderne styles. All will have artists working in the yards.