Helen Ofield,  Past President
Lemon Grove Historical Society


Don’t miss this SPECIAL EDITION of  ‘History Alive’  on May 12 starting at 6:30 pm

by Helen Ofield


Courtesy Lemon Grove Historical Society

March 17, 2022

Happy Birthday Forward Club – She’s 100!

Please Join us for a Special Edition of History Alive  on May 12 to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the

Lemon Grove Forward Club.

 The Special Lecture will be held at the  Forward Club on 2810 Main Street. Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Come celebrate with a lecture on the history of the Forward Club, and a short presentation by Pastor Jeff of the First Baptist Church

(Please note: our usual History Alive event will be moved to the 2nd Tuesday of the month to coincide with the 100th anniversary)
   The 1922 Lemon Grove Women’s Club is reportedly the largest, extant all-redwood building in the West. On May 12, 2022 this beautiful senior citizen will turn 100–and the Lemon Grove Historical Society is pulling out all the stops to celebrate her centennial. At last, you’ll get a chance to be inside the building!
At 7 pm, the building’s owner, First Baptist Church (located directly across Burnell Street from its historic sister) will open the doors so that you can enjoy the story of the clubhouse presented by the historical society’s Sarah Lewis. Sarah will show rarely-seen archives about the club, which was formed in 1909. Refreshments, including birthday cake, for all!
The women raised all the money for their clubhouse, which was the go-to place into recent time for graduations, social events, fundraisers and parties, parties, parties. Park in the big parking lot, see the stunning ceiling and charming stage, and take photos of your group for the historical record.
Mark your calendars and come to the clubhouse on May 12 on the corner of Burnell and Olive Streets, Lemon Grove. The building is between Olive and Main–you can’t miss it, and shouldn’t because this is your own hometown story. See you there!
If you have any photos and memorabilia from the Forward Club activities, please contact us! 

Helen Ofield

Helen M. Ofield is the past president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society. She spearheaded the saving of Lemon Grove’s first church (built 1897) and its adaptive reuse as the Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove, and the saving of the H. Lee House (built 1928) and its adaptive reuse as the city’s cultural center. Her civic history,  Images of America: Lemon Grove (Arcadia 2010) features photographic content by Pete Smith. She is an award-winning writer-producer for national and regional film and television, as well as for print and online news media, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, former seven-year member of the San Diego County Historic Site Board, and a long-time historic preservationist