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Tom Fontanes of Redlands, a former combat Marine, at the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, “The Wall that Heals,” in Corona last week. The wall is a three-fifths scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. It records the names of the more than 58,300 Americans killed in the…

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My last article revealed that in 1910 there were 62 Koreans living in Redlands. More data have now appeared around their interactions with Redlands and its people. After publication, Karen Flippin (archivist for the following church) alerted me that the 1st Methodist Episcopal Church of Redl…

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The approximately 10,000 people who lived in Redlands in 1910 came from numerous geographic locations. Many were born in foreign countries including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Canada and Mexico. Despite the distance several Asian groups were …

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Hudson Stuck, 19, of Redlands, recently donated this Splash Kingdom license plate holder to the Museum of Redlands. Grandmother Nelda Stuck, museum co-founder, was thrilled not only that the younger generation is getting into action saving Redlands history, but also that with the demolishing…

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Crestline area residents’ longtime call for local management of Lake Gregory finally happened this year when the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors gave the nod to Thousand Pines Christian Camp’s bid to take over management of the Lake Gregory Regional Park.

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Historian Mark Landis will update the Highland Area Historical Society on the progress of the Camp Cajon Project at a ZOOM meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22.

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During the 1890s, trains brought hundreds of tourists to Redlands, some for daytrips and others to spend the winter season in a mild, dry and sunny climate. Many of these people needed a place to stay.

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The Museum of Redlands/A.K. Smiley Public Library Heritage Room recently received a framed cross-stitch sampler dated 1799, donated by Theresa Law of Oak Glen.

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Much prejudice was shown toward the Chinese who lived and worked in Redlands from 1880 to 1900. The following is a sampling of some possible ways non-Chinese Redlands’ residents might have met and interacted with the Chinese, possibly counteracting some of the hostility.

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Historic preservation is big in Redlands and big for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which designated the month of May as National Historic Preservation month. Redlands Conservancy celebrated the month with two virtual programs featuring an exploration of an under-investigated …

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Donations to the Museum of Redlands/A.K. Smiley Public Library Heritage Room often are not museum display items, but provide personal history about Redlands.

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Redlands’ history is evident in the historic built environment, personal letters and diaries, postcards, newspaper articles and bank account numbers. Most of the evidence comes from the remnants of the Anglo residents. Redlands Conservancy has been examining how we can gain a more complete u…

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May is National Historic Preservation Month, and Redlands has plenty of preserved historic structures and sites to admire. Redlands Conservancy and Redlands Area Historical Society are ready to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our town during Redlands' own Historic Preservation F…

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The Museum of Redlands (MOR) recently received two more architectural items salvaged circa 1975 from the La Posada Hotel, which was cleared away to make room for the Redlands Mall.

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Sometimes Redlands Museum Treasures aren’t just historical objects but can be events or memories.

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It began in 1973 as National Historic Preservation Week, and then grew by 2005 to be a monthlong celebration of the historic built environment. Redlands Conservancy compromises by celebrating Redlands’ rich history-in-structures for a fortnight, hence Historic Preservation Fortnight in 2021 …

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You have to wonder if voters for Redlands’ incorporation on Nov. 26, 1888, realized how many ordinances would soon be passed regulating their lives. Even the way that townspeople celebrated, as for incorporation on Nov. 27, with “detonation of heavily loaded shotguns” and “the sharp crack of…

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The Redlands Area Historical Society’s program for 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, will be a sampling of the many biographies that can be found on the society’s webpage at rahs.org. This will include biographical sketches of the famous, not so famous and a couple of infamous people who chose to liv…

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This is the only time of the year when the sunset is positioned to capture this view of the Old Greenspot Bridge over the Santa Ana River off Greenspot Road in Highland. The bridge is one of three spans of a bridge built in 1912 crossing the Mojave River in Victorville. One span was relocate…

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The Museum of Redlands recently received this 6-inch terra cotta decorative tile rescued from the La Posada Hotel, which was demolished in the mid 1970s to make room for the Redlands Mall. (La Posada is Spanish for "The Inns.")

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The 89th Watchorn Lincoln Dinner went virtual this year, featuring past speakers drawing comparisons between the troubles Abraham Lincoln faced and today’s political climate.

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A local company with close historical ties to Lake Gregory Regional Park will take over management of the alpine recreation getaway under a 15-year contract unanimously approved by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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On Barton Road, almost at the western edge of Redlands, a small sign reads Mission Asistencia, Historical Landmark No. 42. It is next to the white bell tower and the site of six historic buildings that look remarkably like a traditional California mission.  

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On Barton Road, almost at the western edge of Redlands, a small sign reads Mission Asistencia, Historical Landmark No. 42. It is next to the white bell tower and the site of six historic buildings that look remarkably like a traditional California mission.  

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The Santa Fe Kite Route Patton Depot on Highland Avenue, west of Patton State Hospital was recently demolished for safety reasons after it was found to be structurally unsound.

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The Museum of Redlands will conduct a virtual groundbreaking at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. The event will be live-streamed at themor.org. After 20 years of planning, the site of the museum in the old Redlands Daily Facts building at Brookside Avenue and Center Street is being prepared for th…

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Peter Lenker, whose late father John was a longtime reporter for the Redlands Daily Facts, has retrieved the original identification name and founding-year plaque from the slate-floor entrance of the Daily Facts building which is becoming the Museum of Redlands at 700 Brookside Ave. at Cente…

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Redlands voters incorporated the city in 1888 to receive the state of California power to pass laws or local ordinances. Our incorporation as a sixth-class city meant the Redlands City Council could pass laws for the benefit of the citizens.

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Last spring, Museum of Redlands supporters Char Burgess and Shelli Stockton had an idea. COVID-19 had these normally busy women stranded in their homes.

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Burying someone in 1890s Hillside Memorial Park, Redlands, required specific steps. First a death certificate was generated, including cause of death, signed by the attending physician. This helped to ensure communicable disease reporting for the safety of the community.

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The Museum of Redlands received from the estate of the Bootery shoe store owner Tom Nelson not only the iconic carousel horse, but also the accompanying wall sculpture of a carousel.

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Redlands’ landmark buildings have been immortalized in a variety of forms over the years — take resin and cotton, for instance. Miniature resin models and a 100% cotton blanket featuring the town’s historical sites are in the Museum of Redlands collection.

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Redlands is rich with historic structures, lovingly well preserved. Many homeowners can recite their old house’s provenance dating to its construction while others shrug their shoulders with an “I don’t know.”  Discovering a building’s roots and history can be a rewarding, instructive and il…

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Framed art and collectables is one of several categories of donations to the Museum of Redlands “MOR-a-palooza” sale that has packed the old Redlands Daily Facts building. The sale, originally scheduled for this Saturday, has been delayed. An October date is being consider, according to Char…

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The MOR Showcase Drawers are mini-collections of artifacts with various Redlands themes. This week we take a peek into the “service” drawer.

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The Asistencia has become the center of events, volunteer activities, education programs, Redlands Sunrise Rotary Club and Redlands Conservancy, which owns the Asistencia, and even during COVID, is a site of safe goings-on.