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 artwork for Howard Ahmanson’s Home Savings and Loan buildings.
Hats from the Past
Join us at the McKinney House April-Summer on the second and fourth Saturdays (1-4 pm) for our special exhibit! We will be featuring men's and women's hats from the late 1800's to 1950's from our archives, as well as some styles from generous LMHS members.
McKinney House Museum Open 2nd and 4th Saturdays
1 - 4 pm
Open Saturdays 1 - 4pm
CLOSED holiday weekends
Business and Commerce
Today's downtown Village is the historic core of long-standing businesses. Re-discover our commercial heritage.
From parades to Easter Sunrise services, La Mesa has a great tradition of community-wide events and celebrations. Re-live the memories.
People and Families
Artist poet Mary Garfield, with family c. 1925, penned city's motto "Jewel of the Hills. Learn more about noted La Mesa families and residents.
La Mesa's neighborhoods and surrounding communities, from century-old tracts to Post-War suburbs, has a story to tell. Come learn about them.
Rediscover lost, but not forgotten, places and stories from La Mesa’s past such as this warmly remembered movie-theater–opened in 1948 near the corner of La Mesa Blvd and University Avenue.
From one-room Allison School (opened in 1895) to Grossmont (1920) and Helix (1951) High Schools, churches and other government agencies and civic organizations, La Mesa boasts a proud tradition. Re-live these shared institutions.
La Mesa’s architectural heritage features both commercial and residential structures such as this distinctive building located at Palm and La Mesa Blvd. Research historical buildings and houses at our archives