Riverside Museum Associates

Riverside Museum Associates Regional and City history, culture, and natural history A separae nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to support the Riverside Metropolitan Museum

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Museum of Riverside
09/08/2020

Museum of Riverside

Jukichi Harada refused to give up his effort to keep his family's home, and we won't give up either in our effort to open Harada House for the public. Find out more about how you can help the Museum meet its match for the Save America's Treasures grant and get started on the rehabilitation of Harada House. Support the Museum directly or via the Harada House Foundation. www.haradahousefoundation.org

Wild Riverside Biodiversity Bonanza
09/04/2020
Wild Riverside Biodiversity Bonanza

Wild Riverside Biodiversity Bonanza

From the city's protected habitats to your own backyard, wildlife is everywhere in Riverside. Go on an urban safari to help us document our biodiversity - plants, insects, birds, reptiles, mammals - and more. Using iNaturalist, you can explore and record all the living organisms you find during this...

Museum of Riverside
09/04/2020

Museum of Riverside

Happy National Wildlife Day! At the Museum of Riverside, we're committed to the conservation of ALL wildlife, but there's a special place in our hearts for insects, like this sphinx moth pictured! Help us understand the weird and unique species that live around us by joining the Riverside Community Science Project on iNaturalist! To date, community members like you have recorded over 1,100 species of animals (including 772 insect species) in Riverside! Find out more here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/riverside-citizen-science. What’s your favorite insect? Not an “insectophile” like us? What’s your LEAST favorite insect?

Stay tuned for our next post to join a California Biodiversity Week Bioblitz!

You never know who you will see – Riverside Museum Associates
08/28/2020
You never know who you will see – Riverside Museum Associates

You never know who you will see – Riverside Museum Associates

We have some of the most interesting members in the RMA. Today, when viewing the California Humanities website about current activities and grants I clicked on the article about Library Innovation Lab programs and up popped the face of one of our own members, Vanh Bender. Vanh is an active member of...

Harada House Foundation
08/26/2020

Harada House Foundation

It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news of Lane Ryo Hirabayashi’s passing. Lane has been an incredible friend and ally for the National Historic Landmark Harada House.

Museum of Riverside
08/24/2020

Museum of Riverside

Charlotte Waggoner Fay died at the age of 21 after serving as a nurse trainee during the 1918 influenza pandemic. She trained at the Riverside City Hospital, which once sat on the corner of Brockton Ave. and 12th St. in downtown. Once she finished her training, she had planned to serve as an army nurse in France. Of her efforts tending soldiers suffering from influenza, people remembered that she “worked night and day, even after she developed symptoms.” In 1929, the Disabled Americans Veteran established Chapter 28 in Riverside and named it in Ms. Fay’s memory. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Do you know health workers who are going above and beyond during this pandemic? Are you one of them? Share your stories here.

Museum of Riverside
08/20/2020

Museum of Riverside

The Museum has been awarded a "Save America's Treasures" grant to begin the rehabilitation of Harada House! This $500,000 grant will get us started on the foundation and structural stabilization work. More news to come soon!

Museum of Riverside
08/19/2020

Museum of Riverside

Going live in 15 minutes with Women's Firsts trivia game! Join us to learn some cool stuff about women in Riverside and beyond!

Harada House Historical Marker
08/19/2020
Harada House Historical Marker

Harada House Historical Marker

This house was purchased in 1915 by local restaurant proprietor Jukichi Harada in the names of his three American-born minor children. It was remodeled and expanded to two stories in 1916. (A historical marker located in Riverside in Riverside County, California.)

Museum of Riverside
08/15/2020

Museum of Riverside

Special thanks to Congressman Mark Takano and California state Assemblyman José Medina for their time at Harada House this morning recording a conversation about the continuing importance of the Harada family's civil rights story. We will share soon when the recording becomes available at www.riversideca.gov/museum.

Harada House Foundation
08/08/2020

Harada House Foundation

The house and its ownership by three American-born minors was the focus of a critical application of the California Alien Land Law of 1913, which prevented immigrants who were ineligible for citizenship from owning property. The Haradas ultimately won the legal case and retained ownership of the house. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990.

Harada House Foundation
08/08/2020

Harada House Foundation

“I think we have the right to place our children in the proper surroundings, where they will not be sick.” —Jukichi Harada

This circa 1911 family photo shows Jukichi and Ken Harada with their children Masa Atsu, Mine, Sumi, and Tadao. Tragically, five-year-old Tadao would die of diphtheria two years later. Image courtesy of the Harada Family Archival Collection, Museum of Riverside, Riverside, California.

Museum of Riverside
08/04/2020

Museum of Riverside

In 2007, Hopi master quilter, Marlene Sekaquaptewa (see-KIA-cwop-tee-wah) explained to Museum staff that she was just starting “to incorporate my version of using some of the traditional Hopi patterns adapted from Hopi textile and basket weaving.” Sadly, we recently learned of her passing from COVID-19. She was 79. Pictured is her quilt purchased by the Museum in 2006, which was part of an initiative to collect the work of contemporary Indigenous artists. We are humbled by her tremendous talent and her commitment to Hopi tribal life. Please take a moment to learn more about her life and work in the New York Times obituary here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/obituaries/marlene-sekaquaptewa-dead.html and about Hopi quilts here: https://azhumanities.org/hopi-quilting/

Museum of Riverside
07/31/2020

Museum of Riverside

Ow! Bitten again? Did you know that dozens of useful and beautiful plants repel mosquitoes? Garlic, catnip, oregano, marigolds, lavender, rosemary, basil, and geranium are just a few.

Museum of Riverside
07/17/2020

Museum of Riverside

HAPPY WORLD SNAKE DAY!
A dozen species of snakes live within Riverside city limits and, of these, perhaps the least understood is the Red Diamond Rattlesnake, a protected species in the State of California. Over 50% of its native habitat in our area is already gone due to housing developments, shopping malls, and industrial zones, and it's losing more space every year. This rattlesnake finds sanctuary in few places, but one is Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, founded specifically as a preserve for many of Riverside’s rare plant and animal species. While the Red Diamond Rattlesnake is known to be one of the most shy and docile species of rattlesnake, hikers should always stay on clearly-marked trails, and dogs should be on-leash at all times. If you find one on your property that you would rather not live with, Animal Control will humanely relocate it. Photo by Jay Selman/californiaherps.com

Sycamore Canyon:
https://mysycamorecanyon.com

Museum of Riverside
07/13/2020

Museum of Riverside

In Riverside, the emergence of Green Fig Beetles is a sign that summer is in full swing. Also called Figeater Beetles, they're the West Coast cousin of the eastern June Beetle, a bit bigger and just as harmless. Flying low and slow with the deep buzz of their papery black wings, these metallic emerald insects are on the lookout for overripe fruit—and mates. As an ubiquitous icon of urban nature, we’ve heard many strong opinions about them. What’s your Green Fig Beetle story? (photo by D.J. Long and T. Kinsman).

City of Riverside - Mayor Rusty Bailey
07/08/2020

City of Riverside - Mayor Rusty Bailey

Hello Class of 2020 high school graduates, the Multicultural Council of the RMA is looking for participants to submit 1-3 minute videos to develop a documentary that expresses the students’ thoughts and experiences in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

I look forward to watching your innovative and creative storytelling in the final documentary.

Please email submissions and questions to [email protected]

Riverside, California | City of Arts & Innovation | Museum of Riverside
07/07/2020
Riverside, California | City of Arts & Innovation | Museum of Riverside

Riverside, California | City of Arts & Innovation | Museum of Riverside

The health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers, and staff are our first priority.  In compliance with the recommendations of local and state officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, City of Riverside facilities such as the Museum of Riverside’s Heritage House remain closed to ...

The Museum of Riverside is a beautiful building.
06/25/2020

The Museum of Riverside is a beautiful building.

Museum of Riverside
06/19/2020

Museum of Riverside

Information sweeps around the globe in seconds today, but it took two and a half years for the news of President Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery to reach the last military outpost in Texas. It was a delay with symbolic resonance into the present as the urgent struggle for full equality and civil rights for all people continues in our time.
https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

05/27/2020
Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside

The fountain at Heritage House has been cleaned and who's happiest about this? The bees!
Wildlife is enjoying the gardens until we are again able to open the house to the public.

Museum of Riverside
05/18/2020

Museum of Riverside

When International Museum Day began in 1977 no one imagined a time when museums worldwide would be closed! Museums are nevertheless at the heart of this moment. Participate in the Museum of Riverside's part of a global goal to document our time. The Museum thanks the Riverside Fire Department for drone imagery of Riverside's traffic-free streets during this time.
https://riversideca.gov/museum/collections/

Museum of Riverside
05/12/2020

Museum of Riverside

While staying at home, many of us are becoming better acquainted with our own backyards. Now is the perfect time to collect some specimens!
Create your own mini-herbarium, take part in the Quarantine Herbarium described in these links, or preserve your specimens for later donation to the Museum of Riverside's regionwide herbarium.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/coronavirus-herbarium

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YrrIHRJ3YfGOKtOjnf8N12MLDhLGlt8vMgpHHXyOFWM/edit

Docenting at Heritage House Museum
05/02/2020

Docenting at Heritage House Museum

Heritage House is in bloom.

Museum of Riverside
04/30/2020

Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside
04/28/2020

Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside
04/22/2020

Museum of Riverside

Fifty years ago today the first Earth Day was observed by tens of thousands of people across the country who were waking up to worldwide environmental issues. At the time, pollution, habitat loss, extinction of species, and related concerns were not part of everyday conversation. Earth Day helped to change that. It was part of a movement that has raised awareness of the environmental consequences of both personal and public decisions.

Museum of Riverside
04/14/2020

Museum of Riverside

04/03/2020
Docenting at Heritage House Museum

Docenting at Heritage House Museum

The chocolate Easter Bunny became a favorite spring treat in 1890, after a Pennsylvania store display featuted a chocolate bunny. Hollow molds proved easier to eat and cheaper to make,which helped the bunnies stay popular.
A tiny penny candy treat gained popularity in the late 1800's, and after a few notable advertisements for "jelly beans"(namely in the Chicago Daily News in 1905), the name stuck.

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Thank you to Mayor Bailey and Councilmembers Plascencia, Edwards and Perry for joining us at our annual Victorian Christmas Open House. Your support of the Museum of Riverside and Heritage House allows us to continue providing family-friendly events and educational programming year-round at these and other locations.