Our Current Newsletter Highlights

Lookout Avenue – Quarterly Newsletter of the La Mesa Historical Society
Named for the original moniker of La Mesa Boulevard, members receive the Society’s quarterly newsletter that provides information on Society activities as well as feature articles on La Mesa history. Special columns also feature information on local history makers, board members, the society’s collections, recent donations and subjects of interest to our membership.

To share story ideas, comments and suggestions, contact Lookout Avenue editor Erin Ben-Judah at

Regular Columns and Information include:

  • President’s Address (the latest from the Society President)
  • In the Spotlight (a feature on history-making La Mesans)
  • ArtiFACTS! (a feature on one of our collection pieces)
  • On Board (a spotlight of one of the Society’s Board of Directors)
  • Reports on the Latest Society Events
  • Calendar of upcoming Society Events
  • New Member Lists
  • History Articles


President’s Address – Jim Newland, President
We have had a busy winter. We continue to hold our History Roundtable events. The year kicked off with January’s event focused on my new book, Around Mt. Helix. In February we partnered with Grossmont High School Advanced Placement history class students on research projects about Grossmont’s Japanese-American students during World War II. Both events reflect the credit we owe to our members and community partners, including the Mt. Helix Park Foundation and Grossmont High.


Mt. Helix Nature Theatre: A Gift To Us All
In honor of Easter 2016, we are telling the story of the Mt. Helix Theatre and the Easter Sunrise Service, held annually on Mt. Helix since Sunday, April 7, 1917. The following is an excerpt from the May 1990 issue of Lookout Avenue.


In The Spotlight Grossmont Adult School: “Grownups Achieving Success”
This third and final installment in our series on adult education in East County features Grossmont Adult School, or GAS. A branch of the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD), GAS began in 1946–1947, with its first goal being to serve GIs returning from service in World War II.