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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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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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Free
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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