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McKinney House Museum

Every Saturday | 1-4pm

McKinney House Museum is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 pm (except holidays).

NEW EXHIBIT: Vintage La Mesa Art Collection

Every Saturday | March 17 – May 25, 2019 | 1-4pm

Stop by the McKinney House on Saturdays from 1 pm – 4 pm to view art from the La Mesa Historical Society's art collection featuring pieces by famed La Mesa artist, Mary Garfield.

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June 2019

Historic Preservation in La Mesa

June 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
La Mesa Masonic Lodge, 4731 Date Street
La Mesa, CA 91941
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Free

Join La Mesa Historical Society and the La Mesa Conversations in our co-presented event: Learn about the La Mesa Historic Preservation program and how to find out if your property applies.

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April 2019

Historic Preservation in La Mesa: Myths, Realities and Benefits

April 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Grossmont Healthcare Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa St
La Mesa, CA 91942
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History Roundtable Series Historic Preservation in La Mesa: Myths, Realities and Benefits Including the City’s Historic Property Survey Update Come learn how historic preservation benefits our community! Presenters: Jim Newland, LMHS President & historic resources professional Nikki Kreibich, historic property appraisal expert Select city landmark property homeowners

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March 2019

Around Mt. Helix: A Natural & Cultural Community Icon

March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Grossmont Healthcare Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa St
La Mesa, CA 91942
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$5
Roundtable Lecture - Around Mt. Helix

La Mesa Historical Society’s History Roundtable series provides an encore presentation, as author James Newland's presentation will provide an overview of the history of the Mt. Helix area as well as the significance of the mountain top nature theatre and park to the region. Newland, a La Mesa resident, and a historian & manager with the California State Parks department, is also President of the La Mesa Historical Society and serves on the City Planning Commission as well as the…

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December 2018

2018 Christmas Open House

December 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST
McKinney House, 8369 University Ave
La Mesa, CA 91942 United States
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Free
Christmas Open House Event in La Mesa

The La Mesa Historical Society invites you to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a charming afternoon at the Historical McKinney House in La Mesa! Our annual Christmas Open House is an opportunity to see the McKinney House Museum decked out for the holidays! This event also features: Old Fashion Treats Old Fashion Refreshments Entertainment by Classical Acoustic Guitarist, Ian Lawrence FREE Admission to McKinney House Museum Raffle All are welcome to this FREE special holiday event! The event…

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November 2018

13th Annual Home Tour

November 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
La Mesa Home Tour

Buy Tickets You won't want to miss out on our 13th Annual Home Tour! This year’s tour homes will showcase design, materials, and craftsmanship of notable local architects and their builders including works from James Bernard, Lawrence Weir, Homer Morehouse, and Ed Heacock. Two unique Mid-Century Modern Adobes, a beautifully restored 1915 Craftsman, as well as Classic and Mid-Century styles will be featured.  The La Mesa Historical Society is proud to associate with San Diego Home & Garden Lifestyle Magazine…

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October 2018

Roundtable Lecture: History & Architecture of Mt.Nebo/Eastridge

October 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Grossmont Healthcare Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa St
La Mesa, CA 91942
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Roundtable Lecture Eastridge

Grossmont Healthcare District Auditorium @ 10am FREE for LMHS Members, $5 suggested donation from non-members. RSVP Come learn about Mt. Nebo and Eastridge, La Mesa’s exclusive hillside and hilltop residential neighborhoods. LMHS President and historian Jim Newland will make a presentation on the History of Mt. Nebo and its exclusive suburban tracts including Lookout Park (1907), Windsor Hills (1927) and Eastridge (1956). Modern San Diego website host and historian Keith York will then present on the Mid-Century Modern legacy of…

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August 2018

History Roundtable Lecture Series

August 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Grossmont Healthcare District, 9001 Wakarusa St.
La Mesa, 91942 United States
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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. Arenson’s interest in the subject dates back to his childhood visits to Grossmont Center that passed by La Mesa’s Home Savings Grossmont Branch on Jackson Drive with its history inspired tile…

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June 2018

2018 Annual Meeting

June 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
La Mesa Wine Works, 8167 Center Street
La Mesa, CA 91942
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Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting at La Mesa Wine Works! We will be presenting volunteer awards and enjoying food catered by Terra American Bistro, wine, and live music. There will be a no-host bar, with special prices thanks to the generous support of La Mesa Wine Works. Please RSVP.  This event is open to current LMHS members, but all can renew their memberships on the night of the event. Hope to see you there!

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May 2018

Hats from the Past Exhibition

May 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - March 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm PDT
McKinney House, 8369 University Ave
La Mesa, CA 91942 United States
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Open: April through March 8th, 2019 (every Saturday, from 1-4 PM) The McKinney House has an exhibit for your enjoyment.  On display are a variety of men and women’s hats ranging from the late 1800’s to 1950’s.  The majority of the hats are from LMHS’s own archives plus a few are on loan from our generous members.  Many of the hats are displayed on old wooden millinery hat forms, hat stands and a variety of hatboxes. Please stop by any…

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March 2018

Book Signing Event with James Newland

March 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Maxwell’s House of Books, 8285 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91941 United States
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Join us for a book signing event at Maxwell's House of Books with Historian and Author James Newland. Newland's latest book, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service will be available for sale at the event. Thanks to the generous support of Craig Maxwell, proceeds from the book sales that evening will benefit the Historical Society.

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