LGHS History Mural Returns to 3308 Main Street!

The Lemon Grove History Mural is back together at 3308 Main Street!
We are all thrilled this beautiful and unique way of telling the story of our town is once more intact. Ten panels were removed a year ago to facilitate construction of a sidewalk along the length of the historic 1912 Mission Revival bakery building, directly under the mural (65 feet long x 18 feet high), as well as repainting the building in its original color.
 
The new lessees, Frederik and Kathleen Selchau of Denmark, are a joy to work with. They will launch the all-new Lemon Grove Bistro with a soft opening in August 2023 and a grand opening in the fall. Needless to say, we can’t wait!
 
The mural was completed in 2013 by artists Kathleen Strzelecki and Janne LaValle. In 2014 the project received a Governor’s Historic Preservation Award from the State of California, and the coveted Ben Dixon Award from the Congress of History.
 
As Janne LaValle has since moved to Oregon, Katy Strzelecki supervised the mural assembly. Expert help came from Nick Carrasco, Francisco Gonzales and Adolfo Maya, who are now “mural veterans.” The City of Lemon Grove Public Works supplied protective orange cones. We are currently raising funds so that Katy can do some conservator work on the earliest panels (Section One, The Kumeyaay World, was installed in 2006!).

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  • 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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