The Lakeside Historical Society

Lakeside Historical Society - The Olde Church


We are all excited to get back to seeing each other and doing the things we have come to enjoy about the Lakeside Historical Society.

OPEN: Tues-Thurs, Sat: 10am—1pm
CLOSED: Sun, Mon, Fri

PLEASE NOTE: Archives are open on Wednesdays. Visitors to the Archives will be limited to only a few at a time. You may have to wait before being allowed entry. Consider an appointment by calling LHS at (619) 561-1886 the Tuesday before you wish to arrive.

** MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DUE JANUARY 1st – click here for the LHS Membership Form. **


Lakeside Historical Society - Celebrating 50 Years

July 2024 Newsletter

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2024 Events

Meetings & events held at LHS History Center unless noted

9906 Maine Ave, Lakeside CA 92040

July 2024


Thursday, July 11, 2024 – BOARD MEETING (10 am)

Lakeside Historical Society FIELD TRIP - Ramona Historical Society - July 13 2024Saturday, July 13, 2024 – FIELD TRIP – Ramona Historical Society – (10 am to 12pm)

  • Meet at LHS @ 9:30 am
  • Ramona Historical Society – Guy B. Woodward Museum
  • 645 Main St. Ramona CA
  • Lunch following – TBA
  • Please RSVP (619) 561-1886

** No General Meeting in July or August **

Coming in August

Lakeside Historical Society VINTAGE SALE - August 2 & 3 2024Friday & Saturday, August 2 & 3, 2024 – VINTAGE SALE (9am to 2pm)


Thursday, August 8, 2024 – BOARD MEETING (10am)




Lakeside Historical Society ICE CREAM SOCIAL - August 10 2024Saturday, August 10, 2024 – ICE CREAM SOCIAL (11am to 2pm)

  • In the LHS Courtyard with the Lakeside Princesses!
  • Sponsored by LHS and Lakeside Royalty

** No General Meeting in August **

LHS Bylaws

Please review LHS Bylaws (updated May 28, 2022).

LHS Honor Bricks

LHS Honor BricksFor only $50.00, you can have your family name, special date, memorial, or business name embossed on a standard size red brick and placed in the Lakeside Historical Society’s Memory Walk, located in front of the History Center.
The bricks are red with BLOCK STYLE black lettering.

Click here for more information

Donate to LHS Memorial Fund

click link to download form

LHS Books For Sale

Visit our Books for Sale page

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LHS Book: Tales of the El Monte ValleyWe’ve added a new book to our offerings – Tales of the El Monte Valley. 

Pioneers of Lakeside Series – History told by those who lived it.

Written by Joseph Head

Foreward by Allene Head Savage

Introduction by Billy Ortiz

Edited by Gary E. Mitrovich 

To order your copy please use our Book Order Form.

Billy Ortiz Videos

Lakeside Historical Society - ladies of Lakeside

Honoring the Ladies of Lakeside, California – read more in the January 2021 newsletter.


Lakeside Billy Ortiz Videos FB

View Billy Ortiz LEGENDS OF LAKESIDE Video Archive on Facebook

Billy Ortiz at Lakeside Middle School – Harold Hilliker Farm Day (2012)

Lakeside Inn on YouTube – Food For Thought’s Kyle Whissel interviews Gary Mitrovich

Lakeside Railroad on YouTube – Food For Thought’s Kyle Whissel interviews Gary Mitrovich

Historic Self Guided Walking Tour

Lakeside Railroad Depot

Take the free self-guided Historic Walking Tour of Lakeside.

Historical Happenings

Lakeside Historical Society NewsletterVisit the Newsletter Archive to read our latest newsletter or browse earlier editions.


Please help us continue to preserve and share the history of Lakeside. Click here for the LHS Membership Form.

Call us at (619) 561-1886 if you have any questions. We appreciate your support!

New to Lakeside? Welcome!
Lakeside Castle House

Lakeside, CA became a town site in 1886 as a tourist destination with the building of the Lakeside Inn that advertised boating, hunting, fishing and just plain old relaxing.  From it’s flashy beginning to the beautiful town it is today, Lakeside was, and will continue to be, “A Friendly Place to Live.”

The Lakeside Historical Society was founded in 1972 and is dedicated to the preservation and education of Lakeside’s diverse history.  We are located on the corner of Maine Ave. and Parkside St. in the lovingly restored 19th century Olde Community Church of Lakeside.

The Olde Community Church 1920

Please take the time to leisurely browse through our ever growing online collection of histories and rare images of this beautiful town.  When you come to town, stop by and take a tour of the Olde Community Church, browse our store.


Lakeside Historical Society - Become A Member


Join our society!

Click here to download/print the LHS Membership Form.


LHS Annual Membership Fees

$20 per person/individual; $35 per family; $50 per business/organization;
$200 per person for Lifetime; $500 per business for Lifetime

Did you know we welcomed 13 new Lifetime Members in 2021?



Please contact us with questions or suggestions.

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