Meetings are held on the last Sunday in January, and then the first Sundays of April, June, October, and December (we are dark in the summer).
All meetings of the Riverside Historical Society are from 12:30 to 1:30 in a new location to be determined
We have a social hour from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm then a short meeting, followed by a presentation about some aspect of local history.
Questions? Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 28, 2018:
"Excursion Trains Through the Orange Groves" (Glen Wenzel)
In the early 1900s most of the railroads were enticing people with special fares to travel to the West Coast. To further accommodate the tourists special excursion trains were run from Los Angeles out through the orange groves to the Riverside area. Glenn Wenzel will speak and show pictures highlighting the “Kite Shaped Track” of the Santa Fe, the “Inside Track” of the Southern Pacific and the “Orange Belt Excursions” of the Salt Lake Route. All three lines traversed the region with excursions that had longer stops in Riverside and Redlands.
(Meeting moved from April 1 because of Easter)
April 8, 2018:
"The Back in the Day Column" (Steve Lech & Kim Jarrell Johnson)
Kim and Steve co-write the Back in the Day column in the Sunday Press Enterprise. They will discuss some of the further information gleaned from people’s responses to their column, and also discuss what it is like to write the column.
Steve has authored 7 books of various topics. Included in these is Along the Old Roads (referred to as the definitive history of early Riverside County). He continues to research many topics related to the history of California's 4th-largest county.
Kim writes a regular weekly history column for the Riverside County Record in addition to her columns on Riverside County history in the Riverside Press-Enterprise. She is the author of five books on the history of Riverside County.
Riverside Chinatown Circa 1903-1911
Orange Crate Label Circa 1930-1935
Southern Pacific Excursion Train in Riverside Orange Orchards
North Corner of 7th (University) and Main Street