Two young members of the Lugo family, a prominent local Californio family, are arrested for the murder of two men in El Cajon Pass in 1851. A bandit gang was offered a devil’s bargain to free them, while the criminal justice system botched the case.
This is the basis of “Battle in a Box Canyon: The Lugo Case of 1851”, a presentation by Paul Spitzzeri in the Assembly Room of A.K. Smiley Public Library on Sunday, June 5 at 2pm. The program will present multiple points of view while exploring the facts of the 1851 legal case, touching on topics like ethnic tensions, perceptions of powerless police and courts, community and personal retribution, and a frontier Southern California struggling with law and order. Join us and learn of this fascinating case and its dramatic ending in San Timoteo Canyon!
The presentation is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Library’s Heritage Room at (909)798-7632.Read More »
If you have ever seen a 100-year-old photograph and marveled at its clarity and composition, it is likely that you were noticing the work of aprofessional photographer. In the days before personal cameras were commonplace, professional photographers were essential members of communities. From promotional photography for tourism or businesses, to family portraits or school photography, the work of early professional photographers documented the growth of cities and the lives of the people who lived there.
Co-authored by Ann Deegan and Maria Carrillo, Images of America: Early Redlands explores Redlands through the lens of the professional photographers who lived and worked here between 1880 and 1920. Utilizing images solely from the Archives of A.K. Smiley Public Library, this book examines the work of the 34 professional photographers who captured Redlands in its formative years. “These photographs reveal the aesthetics and technical skills of the men and women who photographed Redlands in those early years,” Ann Deegan noted. Co-author Maria Carrillo added, “The clarity of these photographs is truly impressive. It is almost as if the viewer can walk through the photograph and see early Redlands. They are a true testament to the extraordinary photography collection of the Heritage Room.”
Also included is a how-to chapter detailing how Deegan and Carrillo’s research can be applied to other communities. “What makes this book unique in the Images of America series is that it includes a chapter on how we identified Redlands photographers and used information about the photographers to date photographs. This is a useful tool for other communities and groups to date their own photographs,” explained Deegan.
Images of America: Early Redlands is now available for purchase at the Smiley Library circulation desk. All proceeds from the book will benefit the special collections of the library in the Heritage Room.
A.K. Smiley Public Library is located at 125 West Vine Street in Redlands. For more information, please contact the Heritage Room, (909)798-7632.
About the Authors:
Ann Deegan received her Ph.D. in Textile History at University of Maryland minoring in U.S. History with her dissertation related to the American Civil War, and has an M.S. and B.S. from the University of California, Davis. She has taught at numerous universities over the last 30 years including University of Maryland, Kansas State University, Utah State University, University of Redlands, and UC Riverside. Topics have included Museum studies, U.S. history, and a variety of courses related to the history of costumes and textiles. Additionally she has been a curator of history in private and public museums including the San Bernardino County Museum as Curator of History and Head of the History Division. She does research, writing, and publishing in areas such as U.S. history and has numerous publications in professional and public journals. She is currently serving as a consultant in the Heritage Room of A.K. Smiley Public Library related to cataloging of archival materials.
Maria Y. Carrillo received a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University, Fullerton in 2005. She then decided to pursue a career in the museum and historic preservation field and continued on for a master’s degree in history from University of California, Riverside in 2008. As a graduate student she worked as a museum intern at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, a Civil War battlefield in Dover, Tennessee. She has served as curator, collections manager, historic interpreter, and researcher for museums and cultural institutions in southern California. She is currently associate archivist at A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, California, where this new work by Arcadia Publishing is set.
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AKSPL for You – mobile app (beta test)
Available for iOS devices
With AKSPL for You you can browse the library catalog and view your account information all from your smart phone.
Social recommendations, barcode scanning, and bestseller list make finding books more convenient than ever.
AKSPL for You is available in the app store. Find the app under keywords: akspl; aksmiley; redlands; library
We welcome your suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Download a digital book from Overdrive’s Southern California Digital Library with your 14-digit AKSPL card number & PIN. Need help getting started? View how-to videos on the Overdrive Channel hosted on YouTube or visit our eBook online access page for more information.Read More »
Will J’s Coffee Cafe on the lower level of AKSPL offers a variety of coffees, teas, and hot chocolate.
The new cafe has tables and chairs where patrons can sit and enjoy their drinks, but you are also welcome to enjoy your covered beverage throughout the library, except in areas near public computers.
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The Redlands Adult Literacy Program has been awarded a 2011 Community Impact Fund Grant of $9534 from the Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The grant will be used to develop an adult literacy computer lab at the A. K. Smiley Public Library, expand public outreach to adult learners in the Redlands community and enhance the adult literacy tutor training program.
Stay posted to learn more about these enhancements to the Redlands Adult Literacy Program!Read More »