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 Nati

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 Nati

There's botany in baseball! If you're a fan of baseball, you may know that Major League Baseball has recently begun rout...
07/09/2021

There's botany in baseball! If you're a fan of baseball, you may know that Major League Baseball has recently begun routine checks of pitchers to enforce its sticky substance rules. Of course, the use of sticky substances helps a pitcher gain a better grip and ultimately better control of the ball. Pitchers can use a rosin bag with a powdered version of the substance, but cannot use a sticky version of rosin according to the current rules.

Rosin, rosin, rosin...what exactly is rosin?

Rosin is an organic substance made from the sap of trees--most commonly pine trees. It can contain other ingredients as well. Rosin is used for other friction-related needs such as playing stringed instruments! (picture: Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer reacts to being checked last week for foreign substances with a glance toward Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who was soon ejected. [MATT SLOCUM/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS])

Invisible today because it's now occupied in part by the Moreno Valley Mall, the Riverside International Raceway was the...
07/02/2021

Invisible today because it's now occupied in part by the Moreno Valley Mall, the Riverside International Raceway was the scene of auto racing excitement for 32 years before closing on this day in 1989. Because the raceway was the scene of the fatal crash of renowned driver Ken Miles, it features in the 2019 film "Ford v. Ferrari." Image: "Riverside International Raceway 1988," wikimedia commons, Jay Bonvouloir

Invisible today because it's now occupied in part by the Moreno Valley Mall, the Riverside International Raceway was the scene of auto racing excitement for 32 years before closing on this day in 1989. Because the raceway was the scene of the fatal crash of renowned driver Ken Miles, it features in the 2019 film "Ford v. Ferrari." Image: "Riverside International Raceway 1988," wikimedia commons, Jay Bonvouloir

The Museum of Riverside celebrates meeting its fundraising goal for Harada House all at once!  A generous allocation fro...
07/01/2021

The Museum of Riverside celebrates meeting its fundraising goal for Harada House all at once! A generous allocation from the state of California of $7 million ensures that the rehabilitation of the house and construction of its interpretive center will be completed in full and as quickly as practically possible. With Sumi Harada, Mark Rawitsch, author of "The House on Lemon Street," first nominated Harada House as a local historical landmark in 1977. The house earned its National Historic Landmark status in 1990. Rawitsch’s book tells the story of the Harada family’s struggle to realize their American Dream, from immigration to their challenge of the California Alien Land Law to their forced removal during World War II and beyond. Rawitsch states, “This new support ... means that future generations will be able to learn from the Harada story in ways that should make our country a better place to live and to understand that our diverse history is something all Americans should be proud to know.”

The Museum of Riverside celebrates meeting its fundraising goal for Harada House all at once! A generous allocation from the state of California of $7 million ensures that the rehabilitation of the house and construction of its interpretive center will be completed in full and as quickly as practically possible. With Sumi Harada, Mark Rawitsch, author of "The House on Lemon Street," first nominated Harada House as a local historical landmark in 1977. The house earned its National Historic Landmark status in 1990. Rawitsch’s book tells the story of the Harada family’s struggle to realize their American Dream, from immigration to their challenge of the California Alien Land Law to their forced removal during World War II and beyond. Rawitsch states, “This new support ... means that future generations will be able to learn from the Harada story in ways that should make our country a better place to live and to understand that our diverse history is something all Americans should be proud to know.”

What is Juneteenth? Some call it the real Fourth of July, as the holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last ensla...
06/19/2021

What is Juneteenth? Some call it the real Fourth of July, as the holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved people in the United States in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom. This happened more than two months after the end of the Civil War. During the War, some Black soldiers in the Union Army rode through Confederate states reading copies of the Emancipation Proclamation to spread the word to those who were still enslaved. This day honors the jubilant news and asks of Americans if this promise of equality has been kept. Just this week, Congress passed, and President Biden signed into law, new legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2002719398/

What is Juneteenth? Some call it the real Fourth of July, as the holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved people in the United States in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom. This happened more than two months after the end of the Civil War. During the War, some Black soldiers in the Union Army rode through Confederate states reading copies of the Emancipation Proclamation to spread the word to those who were still enslaved. This day honors the jubilant news and asks of Americans if this promise of equality has been kept. Just this week, Congress passed, and President Biden signed into law, new legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2002719398/

Be sure to check out the virtual Juneteenth celebrations going on this week at UCR!
06/14/2021

Be sure to check out the virtual Juneteenth celebrations going on this week at UCR!

Celebrate with UCR by attending the 2nd annual Juneteenth Celebration 2021! The virtual event starts tomorrow June 15-18. Each day we will host an opportunity for the UC community and our families to learn more about the history, meaning, practice, and symbols of Juneteenth.

Dial-In Information

Meeting ID: 975 3118 3840

Passcode: 768505

Webinar tonight! Don't forget to register at tinyurl.com/EndAAPIhate
06/10/2021

Webinar tonight! Don't forget to register at tinyurl.com/EndAAPIhate

Webinar tonight! Don't forget to register at tinyurl.com/EndAAPIhate

Congratulations to our colleagues at the Trujillo Adobe for the inclusion of their site on the "11 Most Endangered Histo...
06/04/2021

Congratulations to our colleagues at the Trujillo Adobe for the inclusion of their site on the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list for 2021, issued by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Harada House was named to the 2020 list. This national distinction draws attention to the plight of notable historic sites across the country that are in danger of loss, attention that often leads toward rehabilitation and rescue. Historic image depicts the grand opening of the Trujillo School, circa 1875.

Congratulations to our colleagues at the Trujillo Adobe for the inclusion of their site on the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list for 2021, issued by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Harada House was named to the 2020 list. This national distinction draws attention to the plight of notable historic sites across the country that are in danger of loss, attention that often leads toward rehabilitation and rescue. Historic image depicts the grand opening of the Trujillo School, circa 1875.

Today marks the U.S. Postal Service’s release of the “Go For Broke” Forever stamp. The stamp commemorates the contributi...
06/03/2021

Today marks the U.S. Postal Service’s release of the “Go For Broke” Forever stamp. The stamp commemorates the contributions of Japanese American soldiers to the U.S. Army in World War II. The stamp is named in honor of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of the most decorated units in U.S. history. Composed almost entirely of Japanese Americans, the 442nd’s motto was “Go for Broke,” meaning they would do anything to prevail. Both Yoshizo and Harold Harada served in the U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team and returned home safely to the U.S. after the war.
Image courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

Today marks the U.S. Postal Service’s release of the “Go For Broke” Forever stamp. The stamp commemorates the contributions of Japanese American soldiers to the U.S. Army in World War II. The stamp is named in honor of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of the most decorated units in U.S. history. Composed almost entirely of Japanese Americans, the 442nd’s motto was “Go for Broke,” meaning they would do anything to prevail. Both Yoshizo and Harold Harada served in the U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team and returned home safely to the U.S. after the war.
Image courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

Harada House in Riverside Marks Asian Immigrant Civil Rights
05/19/2021
Harada House in Riverside Marks Asian Immigrant Civil Rights

Harada House in Riverside Marks Asian Immigrant Civil Rights

The Harada House in downtown Riverside is a marker of the fight for civil rights that Asian immigrants underwent in California. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 at 6 p.m. on May 18, 2021.

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05/17/2021

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On this day in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt planted a tree in Riverside.  No, it wasn't the famed navel orange tre...
05/07/2021

On this day in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt planted a tree in Riverside. No, it wasn't the famed navel orange tree (he planted that tree on May 8th), but a Mexican fan palm on Victoria Avenue. Unlike the ill-fated orange tree, this towering palm is still alive and identified as City of Riverside Landmark #64. Among his remarks, Roosevelt stated, "You have made of this city and its surroundings a veritable little paradise."

On this day in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt planted a tree in Riverside. No, it wasn't the famed navel orange tree (he planted that tree on May 8th), but a Mexican fan palm on Victoria Avenue. Unlike the ill-fated orange tree, this towering palm is still alive and identified as City of Riverside Landmark #64. Among his remarks, Roosevelt stated, "You have made of this city and its surroundings a veritable little paradise."

May 5th is Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, in Japan! On this day, once known as Boys' Day, families fly carp banners ca...
05/05/2021

May 5th is Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, in Japan! On this day, once known as Boys' Day, families fly carp banners called koinobori, to represent all the members of the family. Today we celebrate this holiday with the release of a video highlighting the life and art of Miné Okubo, who spent her childhood years in Riverside. Pictured is a book published in 1949, with illustrations by Okubo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5xhvGYao1Q

May 5th is Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, in Japan! On this day, once known as Boys' Day, families fly carp banners called koinobori, to represent all the members of the family. Today we celebrate this holiday with the release of a video highlighting the life and art of Miné Okubo, who spent her childhood years in Riverside. Pictured is a book published in 1949, with illustrations by Okubo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5xhvGYao1Q

Don’t know what to do this weekend?  How about joining the world’s largest science project?  The iNaturalist City Scienc...
04/30/2021

Don’t know what to do this weekend? How about joining the world’s largest science project? The iNaturalist City Science Challenge was once a biodiversity battle between museums in big cities, but now it’s a global snapshot of life on our planet. From Bratislava to Urubamba, Cape Town to Cape Cod, you can just use your cell phone and the iNaturalist app to photograph and upload the wild world around you. Our “city” is actually the entire Inland Empire, a land that offers deserts and mountains, forests, lakes and regional parks. Don’t like spiders and snakes? How about hummingbirds and wildflowers? Any wildlife you document from April 30 to May 3 will add to the final total of species in the Inland Empire. You’ll be surprised who else lives in your neighborhood. Find out more:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-inland-empire

Photo: A Bryant’s Woodrat nurses her pup in a cave at Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. Photo by D.J. Long, Museum of Riverside.

Don’t know what to do this weekend? How about joining the world’s largest science project? The iNaturalist City Science Challenge was once a biodiversity battle between museums in big cities, but now it’s a global snapshot of life on our planet. From Bratislava to Urubamba, Cape Town to Cape Cod, you can just use your cell phone and the iNaturalist app to photograph and upload the wild world around you. Our “city” is actually the entire Inland Empire, a land that offers deserts and mountains, forests, lakes and regional parks. Don’t like spiders and snakes? How about hummingbirds and wildflowers? Any wildlife you document from April 30 to May 3 will add to the final total of species in the Inland Empire. You’ll be surprised who else lives in your neighborhood. Find out more:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-inland-empire

Photo: A Bryant’s Woodrat nurses her pup in a cave at Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. Photo by D.J. Long, Museum of Riverside.

Did you spot the smoke this morning in downtown Riverside? Sadly, flames engulfed the historic citrus packing house at 3...
04/22/2021

Did you spot the smoke this morning in downtown Riverside? Sadly, flames engulfed the historic citrus packing house at 3141 Ninth Street. Built in 1923, over the decades the packing house was home to a variety of fruit companies, including the Riverside Navel Growers Association and the McDermont Fruit Company, who packed fruit under the Rain Cross and Circle brands.

04/22/2021

It's not always good to be #1. Did you know? The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person, per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.

Wait! Don't throw that away! Celebrate Earth Day every day by recycling when you can.  You can probably recycle and reus...
04/22/2021

Wait! Don't throw that away! Celebrate Earth Day every day by recycling when you can. You can probably recycle and reuse more often than you think!

Wait! Don't throw that away! Celebrate Earth Day every day by recycling when you can. You can probably recycle and reuse more often than you think!

Stay tuned! Heritage House reopening plans are underway.The Downtown Main Museum Measure Z funded renovation project has...
04/21/2021

Stay tuned! Heritage House reopening plans are underway.

The Downtown Main Museum Measure Z funded renovation project has been delayed and the Museum remains closed. Staff are still working hard, so follow us on social media for updates and virtual activities!

Stay tuned! Heritage House reopening plans are underway.

The Downtown Main Museum Measure Z funded renovation project has been delayed and the Museum remains closed. Staff are still working hard, so follow us on social media for updates and virtual activities!

04/19/2021
What's for Dinner?

Ever wondered how insects eat? Come along as we explore some of the different ways that insects have adapted to eat foods in their environments! Check out our newest video for kids created for the Riverside Insect Fair. Our "What’s for Dinner?" mask and activity are also available on the Museum’s website! https://www.riversideca.gov/museum/programsandevents.asp

Thank you for joining us last week at the Virtual Riverside Insect Fair!

04/14/2021
Build-A-Bug

There are millions and millions of insects in the world, but did you know they all have a few things in common? Every insect has a hard, outer shell called an exoskeleton, and their bodies have three separate parts: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. And that’s just the beginning! To learn more about the world of these tiniest of animals, check out our latest video for kids! Our Build-A-Bug activity is available on the Museum’s website and through the Riverside Insect Fair!
https://www.riversideca.gov/museum/programsandevents.asp

04/13/2021

Can’t bee-lieve 🐝 it’s Day 2 of Virtual #RiversideInsectFair already! Check out today’s line up & visit our website for all the fun! #ILoveRiverside

Happy first day of the Riverside Insect Fair! Head to RiversideInsectFair.com to check out all the creepy-crawly fun and...
04/12/2021

Happy first day of the Riverside Insect Fair! Head to RiversideInsectFair.com to check out all the creepy-crawly fun and learning going on! Missed out on the Museum of Riverside Grab ‘n’ Go bags? Check out our website for some fun buggy activities for ages 3-12! https://www.riversideca.gov/museum/programsandevents.asp

Happy first day of the Riverside Insect Fair! Head to RiversideInsectFair.com to check out all the creepy-crawly fun and learning going on! Missed out on the Museum of Riverside Grab ‘n’ Go bags? Check out our website for some fun buggy activities for ages 3-12! https://www.riversideca.gov/museum/programsandevents.asp

Did you get your Museum of Riverside Grab ‘n’ Go bag for the Riverside Insect Fair? Be sure to watch the video tutorials...
04/12/2021

Did you get your Museum of Riverside Grab ‘n’ Go bag for the Riverside Insect Fair? Be sure to watch the video tutorials on riversideca.gov/insectfair starting today!

Did you get your Museum of Riverside Grab ‘n’ Go bag for the Riverside Insect Fair? Be sure to watch the video tutorials on riversideca.gov/insectfair starting today!

Riverside Insect Fair | riversideca.gov
04/12/2021
Riverside Insect Fair | riversideca.gov

Riverside Insect Fair | riversideca.gov

Virtual Riverside Insect Fair & The Weekend Buzz Fly around the web all week long from April 12-16, 2021 to join us for our first Virtual Riverside Insect Fair! Then join us for The Weekend Buzz on April 17th & 18th with extra surprises by Chef Robert and more! Get the chance to buzz in on Storyt....

Photos from Riverside Insect Fair's post
04/12/2021

Photos from Riverside Insect Fair's post

Join the Museum of Riverside's Bug-Out Bioblitz!  As part of the City of Riverside's 2021 Virtual Insect Fair, this week...
04/10/2021

Join the Museum of Riverside's Bug-Out Bioblitz! As part of the City of Riverside's 2021 Virtual Insect Fair, this weeklong Arthro-Blitz on iNaturalist will get you outside and tracking down some of the arthropods found in Riverside City and County. How many species are there? Nearly a thousand different species of insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and others share your world within the city limits, and thousands more species live throughout the county. Join this project, explore for bugs, tag your observations, and be part of the discovery of arthropods in our area. Bookmark this page to see what's been found and who leads with the greatest diversity of arthropods or the largest total number of observations.

Join the Museum of Riverside's Bug-Out Bioblitz! As part of the City of Riverside's 2021 Virtual Insect Fair, this weeklong Arthro-Blitz on iNaturalist will get you outside and tracking down some of the arthropods found in Riverside City and County. How many species are there? Nearly a thousand different species of insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and others share your world within the city limits, and thousands more species live throughout the county. Join this project, explore for bugs, tag your observations, and be part of the discovery of arthropods in our area. Bookmark this page to see what's been found and who leads with the greatest diversity of arthropods or the largest total number of observations.

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I have a question. I have a typewriter which my father purchased some time in the 1930's give or take. At the time this typewriter was top of the line Underwood and the biggest one. This machine obviously would need some serious cleaning, and a new ribbon to use it which I am not interested in doing. I do believe, however that it would look great in a museum where people could see it and appreciate the history. My father was born in 1910 in Missouri and grew up there. He never finished school and quit after the fifth grade, but went on to get married, have six children - Five of us are still alive and 60 years of age to 67. The typewriter was used by my dad until he passed. All five of us have been to college and graduated. So I am reaching out for some advice and how to proceed with what is in the best interest of this typewriter
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.
Who can help me with this? I'm in Quincy Mass and had this visit my yard
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!!!
Robyn Peterson let me add my welcome to the #CityofRiverside and it was a pleasure to meet you at #goodmorningriverside