Consistent with our mission to research, preserve and share the history of Lemon Grove, the Lemon Grove Historical Society presents educational programs to the public. We strive to make these programs relevant – connecting the past to present and placing the materials in a regional, state and national context. Our educational programs target the interests of both youth and adults.

School Programs


Treganza Annual History Essay Competition for Third Grade

The Treganza Annual History Essay Competition for Third Grade in the Lemon Grove School District was established in 1990 by Dr. Amorita Treganza, a founding member of the Lemon Grove Historical Society and a famous children’s eye doctor. Students write about life in Lemon Grove in 1900. Their research includes visits to the Parsonage Museum and Lemon Grove History Mural, school site visits by LGHS personnel giving a one-hour “show,” and teachers’ history lessons. Prizes are awarded at the first city council meeting in June. The competition is underwritten by the annual Pam Glover English High Tea.

Robert “Bobby” Carroll History Essay Competition for Eighth Grade

The Robert “Bobby” Carroll History Essay Competition for Eighth Grade in Lemon Grove schools was established in 2000 by the Lemon Grove Historical Society. Students write minimum 2,000-word essays on “Virtue and Freedom in a Democratic Republic Form of Government,” using quotes from various Founding Fathers as their themes. Prizes are awarded at the district-wide awards in late May. The competition is underwritten by the Mary England Endowment for Education.

School Tours & Site Visits

Classes from East County and Southeast San Diego schools visit the Parsonage Museum and Lemon Grove History Mural on weekday mornings at 50¢ per child. Free school site visits by LGHS personnel are offered April – May annually for third grade classes when a one-hour presentation with artifacts, period clothing and large photos is given to a school’s entire third grade population in an auditorium, cafeteria, or multipurpose room.