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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.

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This week, we peek into the Showcase Drawers, which were filled with an array of artifacts each displayed as part of a mini-collection with various themes. Each drawer also contained an iPad with a film or slide show set to turn on when the drawer opened. Here we look into the “Community Drawer.”

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The U.S. Post Office at 201 Brookside Ave. was designed by prominent architect G. Stanley Wilson designed the post office and built between 1932 to 1935. The design was primarily in the Mission Revival style, he also incorporated elements of the related Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterra…

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The Museum of Redlands is preparing for its MOR-a-Palooza Sale is in two weeks and is inviting its supporters to donate items between 9 a.m. and noon on consecutive Saturdays, July 25 and Aug. 1, at the MOR building, 700 Brookside Ave.

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“In 1898 the (Redlands) telephone company gave great satisfaction to its 110 patrons by establishing 24-hour service; already it had replaced hand sets with head sets for its operators, giving them speedier response.”

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Local historian Shannon Wray gives readers a new chance to explore Mill Creek Canyon with her book “Pioneers of Mill Creek Canyon,” which chronicles the lives and adventures of the people who helped establish the canyon’s historical significance within Southern California.  

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Early settlers in the Redlands area looked to the mountains as sources of water. The first source to be harnessed was the year-round flow from Mill Creek. The second was developed by building a dam to create Big Bear Lake to provide a flow of water through the Santa Ana River canyon. Accordi…

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After 54 years, there won’t be fireworks in Ted Runner Stadium or a parade and other festivities on Saturday in Sylvan Park. However, despite the pandemic, local musicians developed a plan to celebrate Independence Day in Sylvan Park.

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Last week we journeyed through the MOR Showcase with an imaginary drive through Redlands’ past. The exhibit shows a car door, an aerial map photograph of Redlands from 2007 and a vintage laundry wringer that was converted to show images of Redlands landmarks from years ago.

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This week we journey through the MOR Showcase with an imaginary drive through Redlands’ past. The exhibit shows a car door, an aerial map photograph of Redlands from 2007 and a vintage laundry wringer which was converted to show images of Redlands landmarks from years ago.

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As we continue our virtual tour of the MOR Showcase, this week we feature the displays that recognize the Redlands citrus heritage.