We hope you can join us in this celebration!
In order to serve you in a safe and efficient manner, the Heritage Room has shifted to an appointment only system. Researchers are asked to provide information about their research topic and list specific titles they are interested in accessing when scheduling an appointment. Please review the Library’s catalog to identify titles and shelf numbers to include in your request. All researchers are required to provide their own writing materials; pens are not allowed. No more than two persons are allowed per research appointment.
In accordance with Smiley Library’s COVID-19 reopening procedures, research visits are limited to one hour and researchers are required to wear face coverings at all times during their visit. Hand sanitizer is available for all Heritage Room visitors to use upon entry. Any person feeling unwell or exhibiting signs of illness is asked to remain at home. All surfaces will be sanitized between research visits.
Donations to the Archives, Museum of Redlands, and Lincoln Memorial Shrine will also be accepted with an appointment. Contact Special Collections staff for further information.
Appointments are available during the new hours of operation: Tuesday 2-5pm, Wednesday-Thursday 1-5pm, and Friday-Saturday 1-4pm. To schedule an appointment, please submit a request on our online portal, call (909)798-7632, or email email@example.com. Appointments are only finalized when confirmed by Special Collections staff.
Celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment by exploring a new virtual exhibit about the fight to enfranchise women in the United States. “The Woman’s Vote: A Century of Suffrage” discusses the efforts of women in city of Redlands, state of California, and across the country to win the right to vote. The long struggle culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment a century ago.
A.K. Smiley Public Library’s “Resilient Redlands” webinar series focused on topics related to Redlands history and the collections of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine. Webinars were led by Smiley Library staff with a few special guests.
April 25 – “Intro to Redlands History”
September 26 – “Warriors & Patriots: Women of the Civil War”
October 10 – “Pure Gold Archives”
November 14 – “Redlands and the Influenza Pandemic, 1918-1919”
December 12 –“The Smileys and Christmases Past”
January 9 –“The Civil War in Southern California”
January 23 – “Redlands: The Town That Philanthropy Built”
February 6 – “African American literature” by Professor Charles Williams of Chaffey College
February 13 – “Lincoln’s Greatest Decision: Emancipation and the Use of Black Troops” with Smiley Library Director Don McCue
February 20 – “Black Voice News and the History of the Black Press” by Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds
February 27 – “Hidden in Plain Sight: African Americans in the Library’s Historic Collections” with Archivist Dr. Nathan Gonzales
March 13 – “Women of Redlands in World War I”
April 10 – “Water in Thirsty Land”
April 24 – “Redlands: A Heritage of Greenery”
May 22 – “Midcentury Redlands”
These programs were made possible by a generous grant from The Kara Foundation.