Christmas Open House at La Mesa Historical Society - Holiday Event in San Diego, CA

Upcoming Event

Home-baked cookies, warm apple cider and assortments of other fine goodies set the stage for beautiful music and holiday decorations!

Sunday, Dec. 9th 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Volunteer with the Society!

Volunteer with the Society - whether you have three hours a week or three hours a year we can use your help Opportunities include Home Tour docents, McKinney House docents, archives volunteers and more.

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McKinney House Museum and Archives

McKinney House Museum Open 2nd and 4th Saturdays
1 - 4 pm

Research Archives
Open Saturdays 1 - 4pm
CLOSED holiday weekends

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From parades to Easter Sunrise services, La Mesa has a great tradition of community-wide events and celebrations. Re-live the memories.

Historic Photos La Mesa

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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.

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Neighborhood Histories

La Mesa's neighborhoods and surrounding communities, from century-old tracts to Post-War suburbs, has a story to tell. Come learn about them.

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Pioneering Heritage

Ground-breaking Flying A motion picture company made La Mesa its home from August 1911 to June 1912. Find out about other "surprising" La Mesa stories.

Welcome to the La Mesa Historical Society!

Where the past meets the present

From its agricultural origins in the late 1800s, its community beginnings and short period as a silent-movie mecca in the early 1900s, La Mesa has a rich and colorful past. The La Mesa Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the community's heritage for future generations.

Working out of the Rev. Henry A. McKinney House Museum and Society Archives, a 1908-built historical landmark, the La Mesa Historical Society is reaching out to the community through a number of avenues - educational historical roundtables led by notable historians, walking tours to hosting and participating in special events including our Annual Home Tour. Come investigate La Mesa’s history with us - we look forward to seeing you soon.

Donations & Memberships

Please visit the Memberships page to for details about LMHS memberships and included perks.

Additional donations are welcomed and very appreciated. Donations help fund our events and La Mesa history preservation efforts. We thank you for your support!

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Lost History - Helix Theater 1954

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.

Murray Manor Kindergartners 1954

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.

Bank of Southern California Building 1927

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