The La Mesa History Center held its annual meeting on Friday, June 16th. The society announced the winners of its inaugural awards program, welcomed its new board members, voted on its bylaw amendments and unveiled its focus for this year’s capital fund campaign
The awards presented included:
The La Mesa History Center hopes the new awards program will set a new tradition for honoring the society’s members, volunteers, and partners as well as local community members that make a difference in celebrating La Mesa and its vibrant history.
This Year’s Winners:
Melody holds several distinctions for the La Mesa History Center. She was the first student to be placed with the society in its internship partnership with SDSU History Department. She continued on with LMHC beyond her internship and has completed the cataloging and documentation process for the McKinney House Museum.
It was apparent to us that in our inaugural year for this award, it would have to go to La Mesa’s oldest and continuously active business, not to mention the society’s most consistent supporter. La Mesa Lumber is celebrating 110 years in business and is still family owned and operated and reflect the important civic pride heritage to the greater La Mesa community.
After our Mid-Century Modern themed home tour it was apparent that the efforts of these two in restoring their home to its Mid-Century style is exactly the kind of effort in preserving La Mesa history that this award should always consider.
La Mesa’s Downtown Village is experiencing a resurgence and that has a lot to do with the businessman, restaurateur, and developer, Aaron Dean. He is the man behind the successful team of businesses in our downtown village.
The La Mesa History Center’s focus for this year’s Annual Capital Funding Campaign will be replacing the McKinney House 35 year-old roof. We hope that this project will help to protect the home of the La Mesa History Center and maintain the beauty of this community historic landmark. A generous donor has agreed to match funds raised for the project!