All meetings of the Riverside Historical Society are lunchtime meetings We will be at our NEW MEETING location at the Riverside Medical Clinic in their downstairs conference room.
7117 Brockton Avenue
Riverside CA 92506
We have lunch (optional), a short meeting, and then a presentation about some aspect of local history.
Lunch starts at 11:45. Cost for lunch is $15. If you plan to attend, please make a reservation by the Wednesday before. Only people with reservations will be able to have lunch
Steps for making a reservation:
1. Go to Eventbrite.com
2. Under “Find Your Next Experience” type in “Riverside Historical Society.” On the same line, on the right, it will say “all dates.” Click on the arrow and select “next month.” Hit the search button. You should get a page and see a small black and white photo of a train and the title of our next talk, “Excursion Trains through the Orange Groves.”
3. Click on that event, and you will have two choices, to make a reservation to attend the talk for free, or to attend the talk and buy lunch for $15.00. Follow the prompt to get your reservation(s). You will have the opportunity to print tickets but you do not need to order for your reservation to be valid.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any difficulty getting your reservation through Eventbrite, or if you do not have access to a computer, please call RHS board member Jennifer Gamble at 951-545-1630, and she will assist you with your reservation. See you there!
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).
Questions? Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 1, 2017- “Excursion Trains through the Orange Groves" 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.
December 3, 2017- “Buffalo Bill & California" Historian Gregory Hinton will present a lecture and powerpoint with colorful posters and vintage photographs, Illuminating the remarkable legacy of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody— frontiersman, scout and world-famous showman. Hinton's talk will underscore Cody's deep ties to the Golden State. From 1877 through 1916, Cody’s bond with California was strong, including statewide tours in multiple cities stretching from Oakland to San Diego. Buffalo Bill visited Riverside in 1910, 1914 and 1915. Buffalo Bill & California is offered courtesy of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, in celebration of the 2017 Buffalo Bill Centennial.
Gregory Hinton is a writer, historian and lecturer. He consults with this nation’s finest western museums and historical institutions. A Wyoming son and a grateful resident of California, Hinton holds a 2009 Residency at Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation and a 2011 BBCW Resident Fellowship. His newspaper play, Waiting for a Chinook, received its world premiere at the 2013 Snowy Range Summer Theatre Festival in Laramie. In 2015, Hinton was appointed Associate Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody for his abstract, “Out West with Buffalo Bill.” Hinton was honored to offer the closing keynote of the 2016 Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix.
Riverside Chinatown Circa 1903-1911
Orange Crate Lable Circa 1930-1935
Southern Pacific Excursion Train in Riverside Orange Orchards