Lemon Grove Historical Society
The Lemon Grove Historical Society has an important track record in historic preservation, and takes pride in working with other preservation organizations in San Diego County. Our sister societies do heroic work to save and document local histories. We believe the following organizations deserve special applause.
Congress of History of San Diego & Imperial Counties
This organization, whose motto is “Unity and Joint Effort,” has promoted the history of our region for more than half a century. Its bimonthly newsletter, “The Adelante,” is essential reading for anyone in preservation. Its annual, two-day conference held on the first weekend in March makes prestigious annual awards and brings together scholars to examine aspects of specific themes. Notable recent examples are “San Diego and the Great War” (2017), marking the centennial of America’s entry into WW I; and “Scandals and Scoundrels” (2016), looking at the rascals whose exploits affected county life in diverse ways. COH is a membership organization.
San Diego History Center (SDHC)
Founded in 1928 by San Diego civic leader George Marston, SDHC has assembled vast collections of photographs, documents, artifacts, furnishings, clothing and ephemera related to San Diego’s story. Its beautiful museum in Balboa Park features imaginative, revolving exhibits. Its quarterly journal is packed with scholarly articles. Its biannual newsletter features this-minute information, and its many public programs draw history buffs from far and near. An example of the latter is “Building to the Next Level: Forum for History Organizations” on Sept. 23, 2017 in which LGHS has played a developmental role.
Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO)
This intrepid institution stands alone in defending endangered historic sites in San Diego county. Respected for its impeccable research and fearless court cases, SOHO suited action to its words by rescuing:
- the Marston House, the beautiful Arts & Crafts Mansion and Gardens beside Balboa Park;
- the Whaley House in Old Town, key to San Diego’s early history, and an important tourist draw;
- the Warner Carrillo Ranch House and stage station;
- the Santa Ysabel General Store, with its soaring ceilings and fascinating inventory;
- the Hoover Barn at Santa Ysabel, a magnificent 19th century structure; and
- bringing an entire village of Victorian homes to Old Town in 1970.
SOHO is a membership organization.