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“Streets are tattletales,” stated Redlands Fortnightly member Lawrence Nelson in his 1974 paper about “Streets in Redlands.” Obviously typed on a manual typewriter, the paper reviews the quirks and oddities of street names in Redlands, raising almost as many questions as it answers.

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A make-up kit brimming with colorful contents joined the Museum of Redlands Collection this year.

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Not all historic treasures are destined for the Museum of Redlands. This tribute to the museum was painted on Feb. 8 by University of Redlands students on a wall at Sylvan Mobile Estates off Judson Street north of the Orange Blossom Trail. The project was part of a partnership between the st…

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Under normal circumstances, Redlands Conservancy would be in the middle of presenting the spring series of Trails at 10 and getting ready to present the Historic Preservation Fortnight. These are not normal circumstances. The conservancy is adapting.

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It took a community to get Redlands through the flu pandemic of 1918-19, just as today with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many need to be acknowledged for putting themselves in harm’s way for the greater good.

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The Museum of Redlands recently received a 1902 book on club etiquette from the redistribution of some of the Contemporary Club's long-held collection used in the club's book exchanges and discussion groups.

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Technically, the name is wrong. What we call the Asistencia never was an asistencia — a California Mission property with a resident priest. According to a composite of resources, it really never was anything.  

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Col. William C. Greene, like many other millionaires, had plunged heavily into the New York stock market in the early part of the 18th century. It was there he had adopted the title “colonel” to help sell stock. When the 1907 panic hit, Greene used his Cananea copper mines as collateral at t…

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After unknown tricksters first decorated the statue of the Smiley Brothers in front of the A.K. Smiley Public Library several years ago, it has become an annual tradition on the brothers’ St. Patrick’s Day birthdays, and this year was no exception. Green hats and green banners on Tuesday onc…

1879: Dr. Jason D. B. Stillman buys land and invests in new Sunnyside Ditch construction. He plants three 80-acre vineyards.  

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Milk bottles from Brookside Dairy are a recent donation to the Museum of Redlands. There were once two dairy operations in Redlands, Brookside Dairy and Quality Dairy.

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A recent donation to the Museum of Redlands is this medical bag used by Dr. Allan L. McCall. Dr. McCall began his practice of medicine in Redlands in 1952 when he joined his University of Utah classmate, Dr. Alan Porter. Their practice was near the corner of Orange Street and Colton Avenue n…

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The 88th annual Watchorn Dinner, always held on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday no matter what day it falls on, featured Douglas R. Egerton, author of “Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America.”

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Steve Spiller, retired executive director of the Mission Inn Foundation in Riverside, will reveal to the Redlands Area Historical Society the history of Kimberly Crest at its February 24 meeting at 7 p.m. in the A.K. Smiley Library Contemporary Club 173 S. Eureka Street.

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The Museum of Redlands recently received from Diana Holmes another Gair’s men’s clothing store historical item. How many people saved plastic clothing bags from former Redlands stores? Be sure to ask the museum before throwing such items away.

Has Redlands ever been visited by presidents?

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this package reported that "Reflections on the Face of Lincoln" was returning to the Lincoln Memorial Shrine this year. That was incorrect, picked up from an email that was a year old.

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The magnesium plate letterpress die, circa 1911-1915, belonged to the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, which used the surface design to print and distribute city maps to resident business owners and tourists. The metal plaque is fastened to a one-inch-thick block of wood. Magnesium is etched us…

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Though its exact date of arrival at the Redlands Community Hospital is unknown, this typewriter was already present when pharmacist Tom McKenzie arrived in 1969. It resembles similar Remington typewriter models from the 1950s and 1960s.

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Marie Reynolds, a devoted Redlands area historian, will present “Mentone-Crafton History New Discoveries” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka St.  

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The Museum of Redlands is on schedule to break ground this fall after a $3 million personal gift from Jack and Laura Dangermond was announced this week.

1877: New Sunnyside Ditch is surveyed by Fred Perris and built with rock pavement cemented with red clay. Flume across Mill Creek wash is completed. Frank A. Miller was foreman of construction.

The Museum of Redlands recently received a Redlands parking meter donated by Garry Sevel of Fresno. He was in Redlands working on the estate of his parents, the late real estate agents Dave and Dorothy Sevel and found this Redlands parking meter colorfully painted red and yellow by Dave for …

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Over the years, downtown Redlands has changed so that residents today would not recognize the town in 1900. While the footprint of downtown Redlands has remained nearly the same, the built structures standing in 1900 have faced decades of modifications. Many 1900 residents would not recogniz…

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The Museum of Redlands recently received from Sidney Sandstrom this Harris’ hat box and two hats that belonged to her mother, Mary Cook Smith. Moving to a new home in Redlands was an excellent opportunity to locate items of historical interest for the museum. Many remember the big Harris’ st…

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Multiple posters advertising circus performances in Redlands constitute some of the more eclectic artifacts that reside in the Museum of Redlands’ collection.

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In 2007, the Museum of Redlands welcomed a set of opera glasses and an accompanying monogrammed pouch into the collection.

­n 1873: Col. William R. Tolles settles on soldier’s claim on government land.  (Community Park)

The city of Redlands is constructing new “Welcome” signposts at entrances to Our Town. The metal organizational signs, which had hung for years on the old structures, were retrieved and replaced with new updated signs.