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).
Meetings of the Riverside Historical Society are from 12:30 to 1:30. at the Riverside Medical Clinic in the downstairs conference room.
7117 Brockton Avenue
Riverside CA 92506
We have a social hour (bring your own lunch) 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
October 7, 2018:
RIVERSIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A LECTURE SERIES ON THE HISTORY OF THE AUTOMOBILE IN RIVERSIDE (Jennifer Mermilliod)
In this four part lecture series, Historian and Architectural Historian Jennifer Mermilliod will explore the development of the automobile, its arrival and assimilation into Riverside lives and landscape, and how the automobile’s slow rise to cultural dominance altered the architectural fabric of the city, including the physical accommodation of the automobile, over time and truly forever. The series is sprinkled with little-known historical gems that are sure to engage even the most learned local history or automobile enthusiast.
SESSION I: The Automobile Comes to Town: The Birth of the Automobile Industry in Riverside, 1899-1912. In this first session, Jennifer will share the history of the development of the automobile, identify when and how it came to Riverside, reveal Riverside’s early explorations into automobile manufacture, and recall the years that horses and autos shared our city streets.
Jennifer Mermilliod, M.A., Historian & Architectural Historian
JM Research & Consulting
With a B.A. in History and M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of California, Riverside as well as 18 years of professional work in Southern California, Jennifer Mermilliod exceeds the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications as a Historian and Architectural Historian. She is fluent in regulatory compliance and proficient in project design, management, and coordination as well as policy and historic preservation planning. Jennifer has completed numerous award-winning projects regionally and in Riverside, ranging in size from a single property to over 2000 parcels, and is thoroughly familiar with the City’s history and development. As an expert in the field, she presents professionally on historic preservation and related topics, is widely published, and is highly regarded for her professional counsel.
December 2, 2018:
The Old Spanish Trail from Cajon Pass to La Placita de los Trujillos. (Nicholas R. Cataldo)
Mr. Cataldo's presentation will focus on the array of pioneers who followed the mule caravan trade route known as the Old Spanish Trail as it extended from the Mojave Desert through Cajon Pass to the communities of Agua Mansa and La Placita.
Nicholas R. Cataldo has made San Bernardino, California, his home since 1966. Nick has been a member of the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society—having served as president, editor of its publications and program chairman since 1980. He has been teaching local history courses through Cal State San Bernardino’s Office of Extended Learning since 1995. He is the author of several books. His most recent is entitled “The Earp Clan: The Southern California Years” was released in October of 2006 by Back Roads Press. Nick is currently in the process of writing two more books--Creating the Gate City: San Bernardino, Ca. and Nicholas Earp and Sons.
Riverside Chinatown Circa 1903-1911
Orange Crate Label Circa 1930-1935
Riverside Avenue Circa 1915
Peter Weber House
North Corner of 7th (University) and Main Street