Tom Atchley, historian
Larry E. Burgess, director emeritus of the A.K. Smiley Public Library

    Larry Burgess and Tom Atchley will offer their Redlands local history clas from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 17, for eight consecutive Tuesdays ending on Nov. 5 and is held in the Assembly Room of the Smiley Library.    

The class, sponsored by the Library Board of Trustees, costs $30 per person. Proceeds support the Redlands Heritage Room

Burgess, Smiley Library director emeritus, inaugurated the course in 1971 and a few years after was joined by Atchley, a history teacher at Redlands High School, now retired.

Burgess has written and lectured extensively about Redlands history, and Atchley is well known for his informative walking tours of Redlands neighborhoods, as well as for his talks.

Course subjects include people and places that influenced the founding of Redlands, its prehistory and geology, and climate and setting.  

Topics include social and cultural history of organizations and government, crime and scandal, philanthropy, photographs and maps, colorful personalities, Redlands in literature and in film, and questions that class members may have about their town.   

 Reservations can be made either by e-mail at or by calling the library director’s office at (909) 798-7565.