Helen Ofield,  Past President
Lemon Grove Historical Society

 The LGHS presents its free lecture series HISTORY ALIVE Feb. 2, 2023

Featuring Erica Balakian
Superintendent, Lemon Grove School District.

“Our Schools Today”

Please join us at the Lee House Cultural Center on February 2nd  at 7:00 pm to hear  Superintendent Erica Balakian speak about

Lemon Grove Schools; past, present and future.



Erica Balakian
Courtesy Lemon Grove School District

Jan 17, 2023

Balakian joined the Lemon Grove School District in October 2017 as the Executive Director of General Services. She was appointed by the Board to the Superintendent role in June 2019. She has 20+ years of experience in K-12 public education, student achievement and operational efficiency. A graduate of Lincoln High School, Cal State San Marco and SDSU, she holds a B.A. and an MBA in Economics.


History Alive is a free Lecture Series presented by the Lemon Grove Historical Society. Lectures are held at the Lee House Cultural Center on the 1st Thursday of the month. Lee House is located at 3205 Olive St. in the Treganza Heritage Park where there is ample, well-lit parking.   History Alive is suitable for ages 16 and over.


While you are at the lecture please consider joining the Lemon Grove Historical Society as a Member. For a few dollars a year you can support your community as well as add to your own personal knowledge of local history. For membership info, follow this link. 


For more information on History Alive and other LGHS events, follow this link to our Events Page 



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