December 6, 2015 - "The Salt Lake Route." Glenn Wenzel will give a presentation on the last major railroad to be built through Riverside and Southern California, the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad.
October 4, 2015 - "Riverside International Raceway." Pete Lyons will speak on his research into the Riverside International Raceway. Lyons has recently finished a book detailing the history of the raceway with several pictures.
June 7, 2015 - "Henry L. A. Jekel" Dr. Vince Moses will present a program on the life and architecture of Henry Jekel. Dr. Moses has been doing extensive research into this local architect and this program should be a fascinating look into this oft-heard of person.
April 3, 2016 - "The Orange and the Dream of California." The orange and California have influenced each other for hundreds of years. Cloaked in mystery and available only to the elite until modern times, the orange has been known as the fruit of the gods, the food of emperoros, a token of gratitude, and a symbol of health, wealth, and love. Since it entered history, the dream of California has been that it is a place of plenty, of potential, of personal opportunity. The orange has been the symbol of this dream.
The Orange and the Dream of California takes a lively, literary and extraordinarily visual look at this colorful and captivating history and reveals the tremendous impact of the orange on the culture and development of California, and how these two entities have built on one another to feed the imagination and conjure a compelling fantasy. Books will be available that day for purchase and signing.
June 5, 2016 - "Historic Fires in Riverside." Bruce Vander Horst, Battalion Chief/Paramedic-Operations, will discuss some of the historic fires that have occurred in Riverside, and also give a history of some of the fire stations.January 31 - "Spanishtown." Nancy Melendez of the Save the Trujillo Adobe group will present a look at the history of the Trujillo Adobe on the city's northside and also explain the efforts that are underway to secure and restore one of Riverside County's oldest surviving structures.
October 2, 2016 - "The Harvey Girls." (Nancy Dallner)
Did you know that Riverside County has a Harvey Girls Historical Society? It's housed at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, and Nancy Dallner from the Harvey Girls Historical Society will give a presentation on the Harvey Girls and what they meant to the opening of the west via the railroads.
December 4, 2016 - "Riverside County Through the Lens of Burton Frasher." (Steve Lech)
Burton Frasher, of Frasher's Fotos in Pomona, was one of the most prolific photographers in Southern California from the late 1920s until his death in 1955. Known mainly for his views of the Sierra, Death Valley, and native peoples of the Southwest, Frasher had an extensive inventory of street scenes and business scenes from throughout Southern California, including Riverside County. Steve Lech will show many examples and talk about them.
January 29, 2017 - "Historic Photos of Riverside from the Collection of the California Museum of Photography." (Leigh Gleason)
Leigh Gleason will show some of the many historic photos of Riverside in the collection of the CMP. Leigh has served as the Curator of Collections at UC Riverside's California Museum of Photography for approximately ten years. She holds a MA in art history, specializing in photographic history, from UCR, and an MLIS in archival studies from San Jose State. She is completing a PhD in visual history at the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, where she is writing on the sales practices of the stereoscopic publisher Keystone View Company, whose photographic archives are held at the CMP.
April 2, 2017 - "When Citrus was King Labels Were Gold." (Steve Mains)
I am really looking forward to giving this presentation to the Riverside Historical Society. I am confident that most of you own at least several of these lovely bits of ephemeral local history, so I will not have to open the talk with explaining what citrus labels are. If you came to last year’s wonderful RHS talk on Sunkist by David Boule, my presentation will tie in nicely.
The talk will discuss the history of the labels and the three distinctive art design periods, focusing on Riverside, Corona, San Bernardino and Redlands labels with which you may be the most familiar.
Steven Mains is a proud graduate of Ramona High School, has an Associate of Science Degree from Riverside City College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Earth Sciences from California State University, Fullerton. He has spent his professional career working with water rights and water quality issues in the Inland Empire. Riverside has been good to him and his family, and he strongly believes in giving back to the community. He is an active volunteer with a number of community and educational groups, including being a board member of Riverside Historical Society.