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, Inc. has published a new book entitled “A Celebration of Redlands 125 Years of Historic Homes”. The new book profiles over 125 of Redlands most historic homes. The book was produced in conjunction of the City’s 125th anniversary celebration. The book expands on a previous effort that was published in 1963 as part of the 75th Diamond Jubilee. Many of the homes have been recipients of the Society’s annual Heritage Home Awards. Where possible historic photos of the homes were used and in some cases pictures of their original occupants are also displayed.
The books can be purchased from the Historical Society and at the Heritage Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library located at 125 West Vine Street. The cost of the book is $20 or $15 for a spiral bound copy which is suitable for a drive-along guide.
The October meeting of the Historical Society will feature authors, Ann Cody Deegan and Maria Carrillo, speaking about their new book on Redlands history. The book covers over 30 photographers that lived and worked in Redlands from 1880 to 1920. Ann is a former curator of the Woodbury University Fashion Institute and Maria is the new associate archivist at the A. K. Smiley Public Library. The meeting will be held in the assembly room of the library located at 125 W. Vine Street, Redlands at 7:00 p.m.
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Lugonia was the first part of Redlands that was settled starting in the 1860’s. As part of the City’s 125th Anniversary Tom Atchley will be speaking on how Redlands got it early start. Originally called “Sunnyside” the area slowly evolved into “Lugonia” after a suggestion by Charles Paine to name the 1877 school. The heart of the settlement was Cook’s store located on the southeast corner of Orange Street and Colton Avenue. The program will start at 7 p.m. in the assembly room of the A. K. Smiley Public Library located at 125 W. Vine Street. The program is free and open to the public.
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