“A City is Born: The Incorporation of La Mesa” With James D. Newland
March 10, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Historical Society continues its popular History Roundtable Series for the City’s Centennial year with a presentation on the efforts to establish the City of La Mesa one hundred years ago on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. The presentation will take place at the Grossmont Heathcare District Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa Drive, La Mesa 91942 (Next to Briercrest Park).
James D. Newland is La Mesa resident, historian, Society Vice-President, and regular roundtable contributor . He is the supervising historian, and a manager, with California State Parks, and a City Centennial Committee member and author of Images of America: La Mesa (2010). (Books will be available for purchase at the event).
Mr. Newland has spent much of the last year researching the people, issues and processes that led the small rural community of some 700 residents to incorporate into the City of La Mesa in February 1912.
The talk will feature a detailed look at La Mesa Springs of 1911-1912: the protagonists of the incorporation movement; the smaller, but organized and surprisingly influential opposition; and the local and regional trends and issues that pushed the community to vote for incorporation.
The talk promises to reveal some heretofore, little known aspects of the city’s origins, and the pioneering citizens who set the foundation of today’s city.