April 6 History Alive Lecture: Airplane Crash on Japacha Ridge





The LGHS presents its free lecture series HISTORY ALIVE April 6th, 2023

Alexander D. Bevi
Search for the Missing 1922 Aviators
Please join us at the Lee House Cultural Center on April 6th  at 7:00 pm to hear gripping story of the 1922 plane crash on Japacha Ridge in the Anza Borrego Desert

Award winning historian and preservationist Alexander D. Bevil will use historic photographs and maps to reveal a forgotten monument to America’s military aviation history in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park’s modern history: the search for missing U.S. Army aviators.

Mr. Alexander D. Bevil, is a graduate of San Diego State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Before, during, and after his 20-year tenure as a California State Parks Historian, he had worked diligently trying to save historic resources both in and outside of the California State Parks system.

Alex Beivil crash poster

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 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.

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