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McKinney House Museum
McKinney House Museum

The McKinney House Museum is a period-furnished facility available for tours and special events. The McKinney House regular tour hours are the second and fourth Saturday from 1 to 4pm. Special, school and group tours can be arranged. Call (619) 466-0107 for further information.  Rev. Henry A. McKinney built the home for his family in 1908. The McKinney’s were active in the cultural, educational, commercial and fraternal life of early La Mesa. The house is furnished in the 1908 - 1920 period


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Historical Society Archives

One of the Society's most active programs is its historical archives and Palermo Building Research Reading Room. The Society's Archival Collections include documents, records, newspapers, artifacts, photographs, video and oral history records focused on the history of La Mesa and its environs. The Society Archives are open every Saturday from 1 to 4pm (excepting holidays) or by appointment. Photocopies and photographic image reproductions are available for a fee.   The Society has also authored books, publications and CDs/DVDs and other items relative to the history of La Mesa.

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Annual Historic Home Tour

One of the Society's most popular events is the Annual Historic Home Tour. Each year the Society features 5 to 6 historic homes that illustrate the wonderful suburban landscape of La Mesa. Visitors are transported via Old Town Trolley Buses to view these wonderfully restored and rehabilitated homes. The participant owners generously offer to share their homes for this marvelous example of La Mesa community spirit.  The 2014 Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday November 1st, and will be the Society's Ninth Annual. Check the Calendar Page for more information as to tickets or to nominate a home for the tour.

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Special Events / Roundtables

The Society's Educational mission is met through a variety of special events, including our regular History Roundtable Lecture series on topics of La Mesa History. The Society has also sponsored walking tours, historic plaque programs, traveling photo exhibits, and booths at annual civic events such as the Oktoberfest and Antique Street Faire. Last year the Society also began an association with the Theatre Organ Society of San Diego to create a Silent Movie Night event featuring films from La Mesa's short but significant role in the early film industry.   Check the Calendar Page for the latest Society Events.


The La Mesa Historical Society Mission

To promote, collect and educate on and about the history of La Mesa and its area of historical influence for the benefit of the community through the McKinney House Museum, Historical Archives and public programs.

The La Mesa Historical Society Vision

An organization actively engaged in preserving La Mesa's unique heritage for future generations to see and enjoy.

The La Mesa Historical Socitey Invites

Its members to participate in becoming museum docents, archival volunteers, article writers, special event volunteers, promotions and fund raisers, historic preservation promoters and facility maintenance volunteers.

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