Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside The Museum of Riverside is a center for learning and a community museum that collects, exhibits, and interprets cultural and natural history.
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The Museum is responsible for 3 historic sites: Main Museum (CLOSED), Heritage House, and NHL Harada House. The Riverside Metropolitan Museum (RMM), a department of the City of Riverside, is the steward of the public trust of artifacts, archives, and historic sites owned by the City of Riverside. The RMM is responsible for three historic sites: National Historic Landmark Harada House, and the National Register listed Museum and the Heritage House, a Victorian House Museum. The Museum houses over 200,000 artifacts in its collections and 2000 linear feet of archives in the disciplines of Natural History, Anthropology, and History. Permanent and special exhibitions are on display throughout the year and are open to the public free of charge. The Museum also offers educational programs, special cultural events, and school programs.

12/28/2020

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. In our final film, get cozy with a holiday beverage or snack as we explore Victorian Christmas food traditions.

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. J...
12/23/2020
Mincemeat Pie

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. Join us throughout the month of December for crafts ideas, recipes, and a short film series on Victorian Christmas traditions.

Get Mincemeat Pie Recipe from Food Network

12/22/2020

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. This week, make your own orange-clove pomander at home while learning about the history of pomanders. Join us next week for Victorian Christmas food traditions and keep checking back for craft ideas and recipes.

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. J...
12/21/2020

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. Join us throughout the month of December for crafts ideas, recipes, and a short film series on Victorian Christmas traditions. http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/victorianchristmas/sugar-plums.pdf

12/18/2020

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. This week, learn about odd, creepy, and downright dangerous Victorian Christmas traditions. Join us next week for the history of pomanders and keep checking back for craft ideas and recipes.

The Magnuson Act, which repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, passed on December 17, 1943.  In 2009, California As...
12/17/2020
Assemblymember Eng Celebrates "Day of Inclusion"

The Magnuson Act, which repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, passed on December 17, 1943. In 2009, California Assemblyman Mike Eng authored a resolution to designate December 17 henceforth as the "Day of Inclusion" to appreciate differences and further tolerance. Since 2010, the Multi-Cultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates has organized a Day of Inclusion celebration and looks forward to resuming those festivals in 2021. https://youtu.be/9NbYsA4T07I

(Sacramento) -- In a dark chapter of America's past, the government banned Chinese immigrants from entering or leaving the United States. Today, that past i...

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. J...
12/15/2020

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. Join us throughout the month of December for crafts ideas, recipes, and a short film series on Victorian Christmas traditions. downloads.bbc.co.uk/victorianchristmas/tree-ornaments.pdf

12/11/2020
A Victorian Christmas: Choosing Gifts

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. Watch episode two in our short film series for Victorian advice on choosing holiday gifts. Join us next week for odd Victorian Christmas traditions and keep checking back for craft ideas and recipes.

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. J...
12/11/2020
A DIY Christmas Garland Made with Dried Orange Slices and Cranberries

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. Join us throughout the month of December for crafts ideas, recipes, and a short film series on Victorian Christmas traditions. https://www.chatfieldcourt.com/diy-christmas-garland/

A DIY dried fruit garland that's made with dried orange slices and fresh cranberries. A lovely addition on a nature-inspired Christmas tree.

As we look ahead to California's Day of Inclusion next week, consider the history that lies behind it.  From the Chinese...
12/10/2020

As we look ahead to California's Day of Inclusion next week, consider the history that lies behind it. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the Immigration Act of 1924 and on through decades of social unrest, our journey toward racial, religious, and cultural equity continues.

Harada House Foundation
12/07/2020

Harada House Foundation

Masa Atsu (far right) and Ken Harada (wearing lace collar) on Mount Rubidoux.

The park at Mount Rubidoux was founded by Frank Miller, also owner and developer of the Mission Inn. The Miller family were critical allies of the Harada family during the purchase of their house and the 1916-1918 case of the People of the State of California v. Jukichi Harada, et al.

Image courtesy of the Harada Family Archival Collection, Museum of Riverside. We need to keep the story alive and save the Harada House https://www.haradahousefoundation.org/donate

12/04/2020

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. Enjoy episode one in our short film series introducing the Victorian origins of several modern Christmas traditions. Join us next week for Victorian advice on choosing holiday gifts and keep checking back for craft ideas and recipes.

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. J...
12/03/2020
Easy DIY Dried Orange Slice Ornaments with Star Anise

Although Heritage House remains temporarily closed, we are (virtually) celebrating our Victorian Christmas Open House. Join us throughout the month of December for crafts ideas, recipes, and a short film series on Victorian Christmas traditions. https://www.chatfieldcourt.com/diy-dried-orange-slice-ornaments/

Easy DIY dried orange slice ornaments with star anise for a simple nature-inspired Christmas tree or for decorating your holiday home.

Harada House Foundation
12/01/2020
Harada House Foundation

Harada House Foundation

In August 1945, Sumi returned home to the Harada House on Lemon Street.

Over the next several months, Sumi assisted other formerly incarcerated Japanese Americans by making her home available to boarders, most of whom she knew from the Poston concentration camp. Sumi’s siblings also came to stay with her periodically, including brother Clark and his wife, Sonoko.

For the rest of her life, Sumi, who never married, used her family home as the center of the Harada family. Sumi lived in the house until she suffered a fall in the late 1990s, after which she moved into a Los Angeles extended care facility, near her brother Harold. Sumi died of cancer in 2000, her funeral held in downtown Riverside. The home remained in the Harada family until 2003 when the Riverside City Council formally accepted ownership of the house and its contents.

Image courtesy of the Harada Family Archival Collection, Museum of Riverside. We need to keep the story alive and save the Harada House https://www.haradahousefoundation.org/donate

Here’s some lesser-known Turkey Trivia for your Thanksgiving table!• Turkeys are a native bird of the Americas domestica...
11/25/2020

Here’s some lesser-known Turkey Trivia for your Thanksgiving table!
• Turkeys are a native bird of the Americas domesticated by indigenous cultures thousands of years ago.
• California is home to hundreds of thousands of wild turkeys! It’s the same species of bird you’ll find on today’s Thanksgiving table.
• While these turkeys seem right at home nearly everywhere, from rural to urban areas, this species of turkey didn’t make its way to California until the 19th century.
• Many years ago, California had its own wild turkey species! The California Wild Turkey (Meleagris californica) is one of the most common species of fossilized birds found at Rancho La Brea (La Brea Tar Pits), and went extinct about 10,000 years ago during the Pleistocene era.

Harada House Foundation
11/25/2020

Harada House Foundation

Sumi Harada in the Harada House kitchen, circa 1946.
In 1945, the US lifted its ban against Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. However, Sumi’s return to Riverside after her forced removal and incarceration was not easy. Thanks to family friend Jess Stebler, Sumi had a home to return to, but she faced financial hardship and racism.

Image courtesy of the Harada Family Archival Collection, Museum of Riverside. We need to keep the story alive and save the Harada House
https://www.haradahousefoundation.org/donate

Harada House Foundation
11/23/2020

Harada House Foundation

Jukichi Harada was born in the Aichi Prefecture, on the island of Honshu in central Japan, in 1875. In the late 1890s, Jukichi married Ken Indo, the sister of a friend. Their marriage was non-traditional, as it was not arranged by family matchmakers.

Jukichi briefly continued his family’s tradition of school teaching, but soon left Japan to seek better opportunities in the United States. Shortly after his arrival in San Francisco in May of 1898, Jukichi joined the galley crew of the US steamer Grant, in support of the US Navy in the Spanish American War.

Jukichi returned to Japan in 1902, with plans to permanently move his family to the United States. In 1903, Jukichi left Japan, never to return. Ken and their son attempted to join Jukichi in the US in 1904, but Ken was turned away, finally gaining entry into the country in 1905.

Image courtesy of the Harada Family Archival Collection, Museum of Riverside. We need to keep the story alive and save the Harada House
https://www.haradahousefoundation.org/donate

Harada House Foundation
11/23/2020

Harada House Foundation

Quoted exactly from a letter written by Jess Stebler to Sumi Harada on April 5, 1943, shortly after her mother died while incarcerated in an American concentration camp.

Repost from the Museum of Riverside. We need to keep the story alive and save the Harada House
https://www.haradahousefoundation.org/donate

Did you miss this engaging discussion on racial justice and the Harada Story? Watch the complete recording on YouTube!
11/19/2020
Learning from the Harada Story

Did you miss this engaging discussion on racial justice and the Harada Story? Watch the complete recording on YouTube!

A conversation in partnership with the Museum of Riverside and the Harada House Foundation. To learn more about the Harada family story and how you can help,...

Animal bones, shell, and teeth turn to stone after eons of infusion of minerals, but not all fossils are changed. This c...
11/13/2020

Animal bones, shell, and teeth turn to stone after eons of infusion of minerals, but not all fossils are changed. This coprolite – the scientific name for ancient poop – in the Museum of Riverside’s collections is from a giant ground sloth nearly 12,000 years ago. Deposited in the cool, dry, dark conditions of a cave in the Mojave Desert, this dung reveals the sloth's last meal in the form of fibers from leaves of a Joshua Tree. Giant ground sloths, some species exceeding 10 feet in height and several hundred pounds, migrated into California from South America several million years ago. Their extinction has been linked with the receding range of Joshua Trees, since their consumption of the trees' seeds and later defecation helped to disperse the plants widely over the landscape. Without the sloths, there are fewer opportunities for Joshua Trees to distribute their seeds. #Fossilfriday

The Santa Ana winds have picked up and with them come dust and plenty of fallen leaves, branches, and trees. Among the d...
11/04/2020

The Santa Ana winds have picked up and with them come dust and plenty of fallen leaves, branches, and trees. Among the debris, you may also see these dark, round “berries.” What are they and where do they come from? These are the fruit from a palm tree—just like coconuts, acai, and dates! Fruits from palm trees vary in color and size from the commercially sold, plump fruits of the Date Palm to these black, nearly-pulpless ones (pictured) most likely from the surrounding California Fan and Mexican Fan Palms.

If you look around, you will quickly notice that there is quite a variety of palms. While palm trees have come to be known as a symbol of the Southern California landscape and Mediterranean climate, only one species is native to California (Washingtonia filifera) where its natural range is limited to desert oases.

Bingo! Heritage House remains temporarily closed, but we're (virtually) celebrating Behind the Black Veil. Can you find ...
10/30/2020

Bingo! Heritage House remains temporarily closed, but we're (virtually) celebrating Behind the Black Veil. Can you find these Victorian symbols of death and mourning? They may be where you live or in your neighborhood. Can you get five in a row to make Bingo? Have fun and be safe, making sure you follow all local regulations for COVID-19!

Riverside Day of the Dead
10/29/2020

Riverside Day of the Dead

On DiaDeLosMuertos, tradition holds that the dead return to earth to visit their living relatives. Offerings and altars are created to welcome and commemorate the dead. We would love for your family to be apart of The Riverside Virtual Day of the Dead and have your home altar featured in our Altar video that we are creating for our virtual show. It’s very simple- share/post a picture of your home altar and be sure to use the hashtag #rivdodaltar2020 so we can find it. Pictures must be posted by October 30th.
#rivdodaltar2020
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No funeral required for these treats!  Heritage House remains temporarily closed, but we're (virtually) celebrating Behi...
10/23/2020

No funeral required for these treats! Heritage House remains temporarily closed, but we're (virtually) celebrating Behind the Black Veil. Victorian households typically purchased their funeral biscuits premade, but you can make your own spiced shortbread at home! Adapted from a historic recipe by Susan Bee of the Sydney Living Museums.

Do You Dig It?  Today Is International Archaeology Day! Three tons of artifacts came to light in the 1980s when excavati...
10/17/2020

Do You Dig It? Today Is International Archaeology Day! Three tons of artifacts came to light in the 1980s when excavations took place at Riverside's second Chinatown site. Riverside had two Chinatowns, separated by a few blocks. The first, was at 9th and Orange Streets in downtown and the second - and the site of the excavation - was near the current intersection of Brockton and Tequesquite Avenues. Both were founded in the late nineteenth century. Many of Riverside's Chinatown residents came from Gom-Benn in southern China.
https://www.archaeological.org/programs/public/archaeologyday/

Although Heritage House is temporarily closed, we are still (virtually) celebrating Behind the Black Veil. Jewelry and w...
10/16/2020

Although Heritage House is temporarily closed, we are still (virtually) celebrating Behind the Black Veil.

Jewelry and wreaths made from the hair of loved ones were popular in the Victorian era, especially to commemorate those who had died.

You can make your own Victorian-inspired “hair” wreath using pipe cleaners. Or get creative and use wire, beads, or other items you have on hand.

Happy National Fossil Day! About five million years ago, western Riverside County was at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. ...
10/14/2020

Happy National Fossil Day! About five million years ago, western Riverside County was at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Remains of a small whale, including this fossilized atlas vertebra of the neck–so named because it holds up the skull much like Atlas held the world–were recovered from a construction site in Corona.

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Is the museum open now after renovation?
Happy Thanksgiving to the museum staff.
I will be at City Hall on October 10th, 5:00 to voice my support.
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Last time I hiked up near Sugarloaf and Pigeon Pass...11/11/1977
Walk & Talk at Fairmount Park coming up this Saturday.
Is there any update on when the museum renovations will be done and the museum open again?
Elegant ladies.
Chocolate!!!
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