Although a Redlands Area Historical Society was organized in 1900, today’s Society was established in 1972 and incorporated in 1974. The Redlands Area Historical Society’s purpose is to support and to advance the many facets of the area’s historic resources.
Historic resources, sites, and memorabilia provide tangible links to, and visible reminders of, the past, bringing continuity and perspective to our lives. By perpetuating our past through the preservation of historic resources, we maintain a rich diversity in our community life. By respecting and restoring architectural integrity of structures and by conserving neighborhood environments, we preserve the unique character and document the historical evolution of the place in which we live.
The Redlands Area Historical Society, Inc., emphasizes the conservation of the past in terms of buildings, neighborhoods, written and oral history, and memorabilia as well as programs to educate citizens, young and old, on the significance of the values of Redlands’ heritage.
The Redlands Area Historical Society’s program for February will be “The History of the Arrowhead Springs Hotel” by Mark Landis. Landis is a freelance columnist for the Inland Newsgroup and has written local history articles for more than 10 years. He has written a book on the 150-year history of sanitariums, hotels, resort facilities and spring water at Arrowhead Springs in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains.
Named for the huge natural arrowhead landmark on the nearby mountainside, Arrowhead Springs is a preserved oasis of hot and cold flowing mineral springs. The 1939 luxury hotel and many other facilities remain on the property today as reminders of the resort’s long and colorful history. Landis will chronicle its history from the development of the first crude sanitarium built by D.N. Smith in 1864. The hotel was a favorite haven for Hollywood’s greatest stars, as well as politicians and several tycoons of industry.
The program will be presented on Monday, February 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library at 125 West Vine Street, Redlands. The Society’s programs are open to the public. For further information contact Ron Running (909) 798-1289.
On Monday, January 27, 2014 the Redlands Area Historical Society will have a program discussing life in the city during the post World War II period. The decade of the 1950’s were an exciting time for local citizens of Redlands. This time period saw unprecedented growth and development of the City. It also ushered in the start the decline of the citrus industry for the region.
The program for January will allow us to look back at the decade that had the greatest cars and music of all time! The program will consist of a panel discussion by members who attended high school during the 1950’s. Members of the panel will be Marlene Wall Baldwing (’56), Donna Wright Hunter (’58), Larry Munz (’58), Tim Farmer (’59), Dodie Hodson Farmer (’60), Clarence Butler (’60), and Franz Rettig (’60). A special speaker will be Bill Blankenship II who owned and operated the B&B Drive-In on Alabama Street.
The meeting is open to the public and will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library at 125 W. Vine Street, Redlands.
Redlands is known as a community of Victorian homes. The Morey house, Kimberly Crest and the Burrage Mansion place the town on many visitors lists of homes to see. The Redlands Area Historical Society plans a walking tour of the 1886, Judson and Brown Residence Tract, for Saturday January 18 that will emphasize many Redlands Victorian homes.
The tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end after a loop walk from Center Street and West Crescent Avenue. The tour is led by Tom Atchley, past president of the historical society. The tour fee is $10 per person.
This walking tour will include a minimum of seventeen Victorian homes built between 1887 and 1900. Good walking shoes are recommended for the mile long route.
“A Celebration of Redlands 125 Years Of Historic Homes” book will be for sale at the beginning of the tour for $15.
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