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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Operating as usual

Museum of Riverside
02/13/2021

Museum of Riverside

Don't use sharp objects today! It's just one of the taboos associated with the Chinese new year. New year's day in many Asian traditions is celebrated on the first new moon of the "lunisolar" calendar, a calendar built around both the solar year and the phases of the moon. Of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, today marks the start of the Year of the Ox.

Docenting at Heritage House Museum
02/11/2021

Docenting at Heritage House Museum

The promise of Spring

Harada House Foundation
02/07/2021

Harada House Foundation

Riverside Daily Press newspaper article, December 4, 1916.

The case of the People of California versus Jukichi Harada, et al. was filed on October 5, 1916, alleging that the Harada family had illegally circumvented the California Alien Land Law of 1913. In December of 1916, the defense claimed that the 1913 law was a violation of the US treaty with Japan.

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
01/28/2021

Harada House Foundation

The Riverside Superior Courthouse, circa 1920. This is where Jukichi's criminal trial was held in the case of the People of the State of California v. Jukichi Harada, et al. in 1916-1918. The courthouse is still in use today and is a fine example of Beaux-Arts architecture in a downtown district heavily dominated by Mission Revival architectural influences.

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

Everyone is waiting for the reopening
01/24/2021

Everyone is waiting for the reopening

Harada House Foundation
01/16/2021

Harada House Foundation

Sumi Harada in her front yard on Lemon Street, circa 1953.

Sumi struggled to find a post-war job in Riverside after her forced removal and incarceration, eventually working part-time as a housekeeper from the 1950s to 1970s.

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

Museum of Riverside
01/16/2021

Museum of Riverside

WINTER HEAT WAVE?

This January is set to be one of the warmest yet known for Riverside, and as weather varies, so do the plants. This California Goldfields (Lasthenica californica) near Mystic Lake just southeast of Riverside, is flowering a month before its usual February bloom, thanks to the mild temperatures. However, two centuries of botanical specimens contained in museums – including the Clark Herbarium at the Museum of Riverside – show that while weather may swing greatly between years, the overall climate trend is shifting to a warmer period. External signals that spur flowering, fruiting, growth, and maturation of plants are dependent on many factors (including temperature), and these records show a gradual shift to a warmer, shorter winter, a drier spring, and a hotter summer.

Museum of Riverside
01/07/2021

Museum of Riverside

Why is Harada House a National Historic Landmark? Learn the remarkable story behind the Harada family’s early 20th-century immigrant experience, their proud place in Riverside history, and how the fight for one family’s house on Lemon Street found its way through the court system – and triumphed as a symbol of dignity and racial justice. http://inlandiainstitute.org/my-calendar/?mc_id=1099

01/01/2021
Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside

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.

Museum of Riverside
01/01/2021

Museum of Riverside

12/28/2020

Early use of our beautiful museum. Post office and Federal building.

12/27/2020

Merry Christmas to all of our members and to all of Riverside!

Assemblymember Eng Celebrates "Day of Inclusion"
12/17/2020
Assemblymember Eng Celebrates "Day of Inclusion"

Assemblymember Eng Celebrates "Day of Inclusion"

(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...

Multicultural Council of the RMA
12/17/2020

Multicultural Council of the RMA

If not for Covid-19, we the Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates would be bringing you another program.
This to celebrate Riversiders 10th Annual Day of Inclusion.
#dayofinclusion
#diversityandinclusion
#inclusion
#Riverside
#cityofartsandinnovation

Museum of Riverside
12/17/2020

Museum of Riverside

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

Museum of Riverside
12/10/2020

Museum of Riverside

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
12/02/2020
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

Museum of Riverside
11/27/2020

Museum of Riverside

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.

Museum of Riverside
11/13/2020

Museum of Riverside

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

Museum of Riverside
11/04/2020

Museum of Riverside

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.

A Symbol of Dignity and Civil Rights – Riverside Museum Associates
11/02/2020
A Symbol of Dignity and Civil Rights – Riverside Museum Associates

A Symbol of Dignity and Civil Rights – Riverside Museum Associates

The Harada House represents a story that is as pertinent today as when it was happening. Please join in on November 12 to hear a live discussion about racial justice in the present moment as framed within the context of this local piece of history with long reaching impact. Please register on zoom (...

Museum of Riverside
10/31/2020

Museum of Riverside

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!

Harada House Foundation
10/27/2020

Harada House Foundation

Sumi Harada’s luggage tag from WWII American concentration camp. Sumi was incarcerated from 1942 to 1944.

Repost from the Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside
10/23/2020

Museum of Riverside

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.

Museum of Riverside
10/17/2020

Museum of Riverside

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/

Museum of Riverside
10/17/2020

Museum of Riverside

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.

Museum of Riverside
10/15/2020

Museum of Riverside

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.

10/14/2020

Please make out your ballots for RMA board, and mail them as soon as possible.

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Vintage photo of the interior of the post office and federal building. Now the Museum of Riverside.
Interior of the post office and federal building. Now the Museum of Riverside.
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.