Lincoln Shrine to Host Redlands in World War I Book Signing
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands will host a book signing event on Wednesday February 15th at 4 PM to celebrate the publication of a new book about Redlands history. Titled Redlands in World War I, the book is co-authored by local historian Ann Deegan and three historians from Smiley Library, Don McCue, Nathan Gonzales, and Maria Carrillo. Several years ago the historians recognized that the centennial of America’s involvement in what was euphemistically known as “the war to end all wars” was approaching in 2017. Redlanders played an important role in this mostly-forgotten conflict and their stories deserve to be shared. McCue, Gonzales and Carrillo decided to collaborate with historian Ann Deegan, who created an incredible database by going through local newspapers day by day from 1917 to 1919. Without Ann’s painstaking work the book would not have possible. Ann wrote about how Redlanders volunteered or were drafted into the military, while Maria focused on the role of Redlands women and Nathan examined local endeavors to support the war effort. Don took on the story of Redlanders who served in combat “over there”.
Published by History Press, part of Arcadia Publishing, the book features 96 photographs from both the collection at the Smiley and archival repositories around the nation. All four authors will be in attendance. After that the book will be available at the Lincoln Shrine, Smiley Library and elsewhere in town. Royalties from the book will benefit the Heritage Room at Smiley Library. For further information please check out the Library’s website www.akspl.org or call the Heritage Room at (909) 798-7632.