History Alive Lecture Series April 4th: Our own Ilse Hanning!





 Lemon Grove Historical Society Presents  HISTORY ALIVE Lecture Series April 4, 2024

Featuring Our Own  Ilse Hanning!

 “Den Mother, Heroine, Wit, Raconteur & Civic Activist”

Please join us at the Lee House Cultural Center on January 4th  at 7:00 pm to hear Ilsa Hanning speak on My Life in Lemon Grove

Lemon Grove’s Own Ilse Hanning



On April 4th at 7 pm,  The Den Mother of Lemon Grove, heroine, wit, raconteur, civic activist, this glamorous, well-read Vienna, Austria, Immigrant was one of the first school principals in the nation at the very moment when the Lemon Grove School District was changing.  She will speak on My Life in Lemon Grove, a revealing, informative conversation. If you live our city, don’t miss this revered speaker focus on what happened here for the last 50’s years. 


History Alive is a free Lecture Series presented by the Lemon Grove Historical Society. Lectures are held at the H. Lee House Cultural Center on the 1st Thursday of the month. H. 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.

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

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. 


  • 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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