Laura Hook, president
Lemon Grove Historical Society

Help us celebrate the dedication of “Treganza Heritage Park” – formerly civic center park

by Laura Hook

Join the LGHS for a special Treganza edition of “History Alive” October 8 at 7:00pm – Free event

The Treganza Heritage Park Dedication, including the Parsonage Museum and H. Lee House Cultural Center Open House will begin at 10:00am on October 9 – Free event

LGHS will host the Treganza Extravaganza  fundraiser dinner and silent auction on October 9, beginning at 5:30 pm at the H. Lee House Cultural Center – Tickets are now available online

Click on any of the event descriptions above to find out morePlease note that ALL of these events will be held outdoors!

August 16, 2021

The pioneer Treganza family launched its century-long impact on Lemon Grove and environs when Eduardo and Josephine Treganza crossed the plains by wagon from Salt Lake City and arrived in San Diego in 1889. He was a horticulturist and painter; she was a writer and fossil collector. Their children and grandchildren even unto the seventh generation engaged in the visual and performing arts, education, science, business, medicine, and the humanities. They shared their knowledge with the townsfolk, helped to build its citrus industry, created its enduring civic icon, “The Big Lemon,” and developed programs and traditions that led directly to the town’s incorporation as California’s 414th city and the founding of its historical society. Along the way, they forged lifelong friendships, loved each other and their neighbors, and had unconditional love for Lemon Grove, the little town that became their haven in a tough world and the scene of their many accomplishments.

In February of 2020 the Lemon Grove Historical Society successfully lobbied the Lemon Grove City Council to change the name of its civic center park to “The Treganza Heritage Park”.  To celebrate the renaming of our beloved park, LGHS is hosting two days of events starting with a “History Alive” presentation at 7 pm on Oct 8th, a Dedication at 10 am on Oct 9th and a ticketed dinner party at 5:30 pm Oct 9th.  Please join us and the citizens of Lemon Grove as we celebrate this important moment in Lemon Grove civic  history!  Click on the Links above for more details.

Laura Hook

Laura Hook became president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society by unanimous vote in 2020. Her knowledge and understanding of Lemon Grove and San Diego County is deep and warm. A former Lemon Grove planning commissioner, she also served as PTA president at her children's schools and for the entire school district. She is retired from a career with Kaiser Permanente as the Hospital Unit Coordinator. She is a dynamic leader of the historical society and especially enjoys museum exhibit design, running events in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, welcoming new and existing members to society cultural events, and working with The Old Globe Theatre and San Diego Museum Council on shared goals.