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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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January 2018

LMHS Wine Works Meet-Up

January 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST
La Mesa Wine Works, 8167 Center Street
La Mesa, CA 91942
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La Mesa Wine Works Meet Up

Join us as we mix n' mingle over wine and cheese at La Mesa Wine Works! Wine Works will be donating $1 to the La Mesa Historical Society for each glass sold. Please RSVP here. 

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Roundtable Lecture Series, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service

January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Grossmont Healthcare District, 9001 Wakarusa St.
La Mesa, 91942 United States
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Free
Roundtable Lecture- Grossmont Hospital

The story of Grossmont Hospital and the Healthcare District is one of true community commitment to a greater cause.  In early 1952, eastern San Diego County’s citizens voted overwhelmingly to establish the Grossmont Hospital District.  Local civic leaders and physicians envisioned it as the vehicle for building a modern hospital to address the healthcare needs of their rapidly growing post-World War II communities.  In August 1955 the district subsequently opened Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.  For the next sixty-five years,…

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December 2017

2017 Christmas Open House

December 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PST
McKinney House, 8369 University Ave
La Mesa, CA 91942 United States
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Free

The La Mesa Historical Society invites you to a charming afternoon at the Historical HcKinney House! 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 Refreshments FREE Admission to McKinney House Museum Raffle All are welcome to this FREE special holiday event! Event runs from 2:00PM-3:30PM with the raffle prize drawing taking way promptly at 3:15PM! Don't miss out on this special holiday tradition!

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November 2017

12th Annual Historical Society Home Tour

November 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT

Mediterranean to Modern Featuring six wonderful homes from the rural suburban community of La Mesa Highlands. Tickets and Information available HERE or 619-466-9107 Pre-Sale/Day of Event Tickets $25/30 LMHS Members $40/45 Non-Members

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October 2017

History Roundtable Lecture Series: La Mesa’s Brigadoon

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Grossmont Healthcare District, 9001 Wakarusa St.
La Mesa, 91942 United States
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history roundtable lecture series: brigadoon

Come learn about La Mesa’s own “Brigadoon,” the hidden gem neighborhood of the La Mesa Highlands. LMHS Past President and historian Jim Newland will make a presentation on the History of the La Mesa Highlands and its eclectic cultural landscape. Modern San Diego website host and historian Keith York will then present on the Mid-Century Modern legacy of La Mesa and its highlands, including noted architect C. J. Paderewski and builder/designer George Eckel—whose projects are featured in the Society’s November…

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July 2017

Historic Plaque Walking Tour

July 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm PDT
Legacy Park, La Mesa Blvd @ 4th Street
La Mesa, CA 91941 United States
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Free
Historic Walking Tour La Mesa

Take a stroll with the La Mesa Historical Society and celebrate history with a walking tour featuring 12 historical plaques highlighting La Mesa's downtown village and its rich history.

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June 2017

2017 Annual Meeting

June 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Nan Couts Cottage, 5027-5099 Memorial Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942 United States
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La Mesa Historical Society Annual Meeting

Join the La Mesa Historical Society at the 2017 Annual Meeting at a new location with a new format! MUST RSVP to attend Click HERE to visit RSVP site The meeting will include the a reception with food and drinks before our traditional annual meeting where we will vote on new board members and bylaws for the year. Awards ceremony will follow meeting and will include refreshments and desserts. We will also be discussing the new capital campaign for a…

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Wedding Time @ The McKinney House

June 10, 2017 - September 23, 2017
McKinney House, 8369 University Ave
La Mesa, CA 91942 United States
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Free
Wedding Gown History Exhibit

Out of our archival vault comes a collection of lovely vintage wedding gowns on display at the McKinney House for a limited time! This exhibition includes wedding gowns made of lace and satin; some were hand created while others were store bought, but every one of them have been lovingly preserved to retain the memories from its decade. The gowns and bridal accessories span from the 1800's and some as late as the 1960's. Come and enjoy this unique exhibition…

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