Docenting at Heritage House Museum

Docenting at Heritage House Museum A page for (and by) the volunteer docents of Heritage House Museum in Riverside, CA. This page is dedicated to sharing exactly what I do with all the time I spend volunteering at Heritage House Museum, as well as anything I find about the history of the house, the city and the time period in general, and the history of the house's docents.

I'm thrilled to see other docents liking the page, and I'd encourage them to share their experiences as well - photos, stories, anecdotes, anything they think is relevant to their time at the house. For further information about the museum, visit:
http://www.riversideca.gov/museum/heritagehouse/

Operating as usual

Happy Easter to all of our Guests, Docents and Staff.
04/04/2021

Happy Easter to all of our Guests, Docents and Staff.

Happy Easter Sunday, dearies!

#Victorian #Easter2021 💐 🐇
Image Source: The Graphics Fairy

Riverside Insect Fair
04/02/2021

Riverside Insect Fair

Ever wonder why the @museumofriverside collects insects? Join them during the Virtual #RiversideInsectFair as they present “Small Things Can Tell a Big Story” a behind the scenes look of their Entomology collection. 🦋🍃🌸 #ILoveRiverside

21st Century Victorian Lady
04/01/2021

21st Century Victorian Lady

Happy First Day of April, dearies!

#April1st #VictorianEra
Image: "April," poster from the 1890's. Source: NYPL The New York Public Library

Victorian Poissons d’Avril (April Fool's Day) cards. In France and others areas of Europe, such as Italy, Belgium and Sw...
04/01/2021

Victorian Poissons d’Avril (April Fool's Day) cards.

In France and others areas of Europe, such as Italy, Belgium and Switzerland, the April 1 tradition is often known as Poissons d’Avril, literally ‘April Fish’, traced back to 1508 when French poet Eloy d’Amerval mentioned a holiday called ‘Poisson d’Avril’.

Another theory is that fish in April are generally young and easily caught, making them susceptible to gullibility. A common custom in France on 1 April is to attempt to attach a paper fish to someone’s back without them noticing." ~ HistoryPress

Harada House Foundation
03/29/2021

Harada House Foundation

Jukichi and Ken Harada, circa 1905-1909.
In 1905, the Harada family was reunited. Jukichi had left Japan in 1903. Ken and their son, Masa Atsu, journeyed to California in 1904. While Masa Atsu was permitted entry into the US, Ken was turned away at Angel Island Immigration Station and required to return to Japan. In 1905, she successfully entered the United States via Canada. Shortly after her arrival, the family moved from Redlands to Riverside.

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

History Hustle
03/28/2021

History Hustle

Once again, it's orange blossom season in Riverside. Did you know that there's a connection between Queen Victoria and t...
03/22/2021

Once again, it's orange blossom season in Riverside. Did you know that there's a connection between Queen Victoria and the fragrant blooms? Here's the story:

The connection between orange blossoms and Queen Victoria explained:

"As a present for their sixth wedding anniversary in February 1846, Albert gave Victoria a wreath of white porcelain orange blossoms with gold leaves on a braided black velvet band with a silk ribbon tie at the back. The wreath includes four oranges made from green enamel to represent the four children they had at that time, but that wasn't the only meaningful touch.

The selection of orange blossom was filled with significance for the couple. The flower represented chastity in the language of flowers; it was also associated with betrothal, as emphasized when Albert sent Victoria a brooch designed as a white porcelain and gold sprig of orange blossom after their engagement.

Victoria wore fresh orange blossoms on their wedding day, and just as her gown created a trend for white wedding dresses, she started a trend for orange blossom jewelry. Albert turned his engagement gift into a parure (matched set) by giving her another brooch and a pair of matching earrings in December 1845." ~ OrderOfSplendor

Harada House Foundation
03/19/2021

Harada House Foundation

Our thoughts on the violence in Atlanta last night. Read for the full statement. https://bit.ly/3lszUoC
#stopaapihate #wekeepussafe
Repost from Stop AAPI Hate

"The Riverside–Arlington Line is a former Pacific Electric interurban railway line in the Inland Empire. The route provi...
03/18/2021

"The Riverside–Arlington Line is a former Pacific Electric interurban railway line in the Inland Empire. The route provided suburban service between San Bernardino and Arlington with a later extension to Corona. It operated between 1893 and 1943." ~ Wikipedia

Museum of Riverside
03/16/2021

Museum of Riverside

Women's History Month continues! The citrus industry employed immigrants from many regions of the world and attracted people from all walks of life during picking season. The impractical clothing worn by this woman and little girl didn't stop them from taking part.

Museum of Riverside
03/14/2021

Museum of Riverside

On March 27 at 1:00 p.m., the Ontario Museum of History and Art presents a virtual lecture, "The Harada House – A Story of Endurance and Preservation." Join this presentation by Lisa Masengale, the Museum of Riverside’s Curator of Historic Structures, to learn about the Harada family, their house, and the ongoing effort to share this story of endurance and preservation. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86509823468#success

The Jon S. Randal Peace Page
03/14/2021

The Jon S. Randal Peace Page

She was approached by a young girl who kept repeating "mommy ... baby ... blood." The young nurse at first wasn't sure what to do, but she followed the child to a sick woman in a dirty, unheated tenement on the Lower East Side of New York, where immigrants were forced to live in horrible conditions.

The young girl's "mother was bleeding to death in childbirth, and . . . the doctor had abandoned the family because they couldn’t afford to pay him," according to the New York Times.

The young nurse saved the woman's life.

The nurse had been training to become a doctor [and was enrolled in medical school], which was "a rarity at that time for a woman," according to writer Sara Ivry.

But after seeing the horrid conditions immigrants had to endure, she decided to quit medical school to help and care for those in need. “She calls that her ‘baptism of fire’ moment,” Katie Vogel, a public historian, said, “because it was the first time that she witnessed those conditions up close in a way that she understood how all the factors of poverty all come together.”

The name of the young nurse was Lillian D. Wald. She was born on March 10, 1867. She championed the causes of public health nursing, housing reform, suffrage, world peace, and the rights of women, children, immigrants and working people.

"In 1893, after witnessing first-hand the poverty and hardship endured by immigrants on the Lower East Side, she founded Henry Street Settlement. She moved into the neighborhood and, living and working among the industrial poor, she and her colleagues offered health care to area residents in their homes . . . In addition to health care, Henry Street provided social services and instruction in everything from the English language to music," according to the web page of the Henry Street Settlement.

“Scorn of the immigrant is not peculiar to our generation,” she wrote in “The House on Henry Street,” the memoir she wrote in 1915.

"Lillian Wald originated the public health nursing service and the Henry Street Settlement to meet the needs of the poor . . . During the early twentieth century, this outstanding nurse and social activist was a dynamic force for social reform, creating widely-adopted models of public health and social service programs," according to the National Women's Hall of Fame.

This is part of a continuing series on the Peace Page celebrating Women's History Month.

She also "founded, and pioneered an array of social programs and initiatives that so many now take for granted," according to Ivry.

"A fierce advocate for children, she created the first playground in New York City; pioneered special education; introduced the concept of free lunches and nurses in schools; and fought against child labor," according to the New York Times.

“We extrapolated that one in six Americans has been impacted or touched by a program that was pioneered at Henry Street,” said David Garza, the organization’s executive director. “You see something like a playground — how many of us have been in a playground? How many have had a lunch at school that was free? How many have had a nurse visit someone who needed homecare?”

Wald "rejected the dominant idea of her time: that poverty is a personal moral failing . . . and she took great responsibility for those less fortunate than she was," according to Ivry.

She "went on to help organize other public health nursing programs in universities and for organizations, including the American Red Cross . . . [she also] led the charge to abolish child labor, and helped secure the creation of the federal Children’s Bureau in 1912," according to the National Women's Hall of Fame.

An early civil rights activist, Wald was an outspoken proponent of equal rights and justice for women and people of color. She insisted that all Henry Street classes be racially integrated, and she established settlement house branches in neighborhoods that had larger African-American populations so that they, too, would have access to her organization’s services.

In response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, she and Mary Talbert, Jane Addams, and Mary McLeod Bethune became founding members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), whose first meetings were held at the Henry Street Settlement.

And, when it came to helping immigrants, Wald “thought immigrants’ culture should be valued . . . she didn't think people [should give] up their culture . . . and thought the contributions of immigrants should be celebrated,” according to Ivry.

“As a nation, we must rise or fall as we serve or fail these future citizens,” Wald wrote in a revelant observation, noting, “only through knowledge is one fortified to resist the onslaught of arguments of the superficial observer who, dismayed by the sight, is conscious only of ‘hordes’ and ‘danger to America’ in these little children.”

"A tireless and accomplished humanitarian", she became "one of the most influential and respected social reformers of the 20th century," according to the Henry Street Settlement.

"A recently discovered artifact shows the power and influence of Lillian Wald," according to the New York Times, a book which had the signatures of Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. "Throughout the 20th century, the settlement house served as a destination for civil rights leaders like W.E.B. DuBois, who visited Henry Street’s stately dining room for the reception celebrating the N.A.A.C.P.’s founding conference. Decades later, Rosa Parks stayed there while attending a rally at Madison Square Garden, just five months after her arrest."

"Wald established a close community of women—with whom she had both romantic and platonic relationships—at the Settlement," according to the Henry Street Settlement.

"Wald did not marry and maintained her closest relationships with women. Although she did not self-identify as a le***an, her letters reveal the intimate affection she felt for at least two of her companions, Mabel Hyde Kittredge and Helen Arthur," according to lgbt history month.

Today, the Henry Street Settlement continues to serve low-income individuals and families, survivors of domestic violence, youngsters ages 2 through 21, individuals with mental and physical health challenges, and senior citizens.

Wald was named by the New York Times as one of the 12 greatest living American women in 1922, devoting her life ensuring that women and children, immigrants and the poor, and members of all ethnic and religious groups would realize America's promise of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Lillian Wald, according to Michael Bronski, "imagined an America in which helping the poor was not charity but a work of democracy and a demonstration of equality."

~ jsr

[Photo courtesy of National Women's Hall of Fame]

City of Riverside, CA - City Government
03/10/2021

City of Riverside, CA - City Government

Today for #WHM we highlight, Catharine Bettner, citrus entrepreneur and original owner of Riverside's Heritage House. After her husband and adult son, passed away, Mrs. Bettner built the Victorian Queen Anne style home in 1891 and lived there until her death in 1928.

Originally moving to Riverside to try to improve the poor health of her husband, James, Catharine Bettner became a prominent figure in Riverside society, helping Frank Miller welcome guests at Mission Inn events and reportedly given her own stop when the electric street car ran from Arlington to downtown Riverside. Owned now by the Museum of Riverside the Heritage House serves as an example of Riverside’s prosperity during its time as the center of the citrus empire in the late nineteenth century.

Museum of Riverside
03/05/2021

Museum of Riverside

March is Women's Month! In this gathering of the Riverside Japanese Women's Society in 1908, Ken Harada appears second from the right in the front row with daughter Mine at her feet. Women's organizations figured prominently in Riverside social life from its earliest days.

City of Riverside, CA - City Government
03/02/2021

City of Riverside, CA - City Government

March 1st is the beginning of Women's History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating all women, and a time that spotlights the extraordinary female heroes who have achieved so much. We kick off this month, by honoring the Mother of Riverside’s Citrus Industry, Eliza Lovell Tibbets.

The story of the parent Washington navel orange trees began in the 1870s, when Tibbets convinced horticulturalist, William Saunders, to send her two citrus plants he acquired from Brazil. Over time, the seedless orange exceeded all expectations and thrived in Riverside’s climate growing to a greater size with much-improved flavor. The secret ingredient may have been recycled dishwater, as it was rumored that this was how Tibbets watered the young trees. This unorthodox technique (among other things) catapulted Riverside’s citrus production, boosting the economy. By 1895, Riverside had become the wealthiest city per capita in the nation and became the home of what is now referred to as, “California’s Second Gold Rush.”

Eliza Tibbets’ request for fruit trees for the new community of Riverside set in motion a chain of events that resulted in a major contribution to the history of California and the citrus industry worldwide.

One year ago today:  "Fancy That" -- a display at Heritage House of unique quilts from the Museum of Riverside collectio...
03/01/2021

One year ago today: "Fancy That" -- a display at Heritage House of unique quilts from the Museum of Riverside collection.

"Floriography is the term used to represent the language of flowers. It was coined during the Victorian era (1837-1901) ...
03/01/2021

"Floriography is the term used to represent the language of flowers. It was coined during the Victorian era (1837-1901) to define the symbolic meanings attributed to various flowers. Floriography or the language of flowers is the art of flower symbolism. It is a cryptic way of communication through flowers.

Floriography became very popular in Victorian England and in the United States during the 19th century, but actually dates back further than the Victorian Era. It has roots in Persia and Turkey in the 15th century where flowers replaced words, allowing people to express forbidden or socially unacceptable feelings." ~ AtoZFlowers

Victorian Banner Ladies."In the days before the internet - and even moving pictures - companies had to be creative when ...
03/01/2021

Victorian Banner Ladies.

"In the days before the internet - and even moving pictures - companies had to be creative when advertising their products to the public.

These are the fascinating photos of the late 19th century 'banner lady' phenomenon - where U.S. businesses would drape young women from head to toe in the items they sold.

Just like in modern times, businesses-owners used young women to advertise completely unrelated wares, and 'banner ladies' would have everything from pretzels to light bulbs pinned to their skirts."
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Victorian-banner-ladies...

Vintage postcard, 1906.
02/25/2021

Vintage postcard, 1906.

Vintage postcard of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, CA.  1918.
02/25/2021

Vintage postcard of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, CA. 1918.

February 23 is Museum Advocacy Day. "Museums of all kinds are critical educational, cultural, and scientific institution...
02/23/2021

February 23 is Museum Advocacy Day.

"Museums of all kinds are critical educational, cultural, and scientific institutions in our society, but the value of our work is not always fully understood. The American Alliance of Museums helps museums tell the stories of their important activities and contributions and promotes a deeper understanding of museums with policymakers, the press, and the public." ~ AAM

El Reto Histórico
02/22/2021

El Reto Histórico

Antes de que los bolsos fueran el accesorio por excelencia para llevar cosas, de forma elegante; existió este curioso artilugio que cayó en el olvido con el tiempo. Diseñado de manera muy similar a un cinturón de herramientas, era el "Chatelaine"

Museum of Riverside
02/19/2021

Museum of Riverside

This day, February 19th, marks the Day of Remembrance, a day to reflect upon the World War II incarceration of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans throughout the western states. This traumatic event in our national history followed on FDR's issuance of Executive Order 9066. Many Riverside families were devastated by this years-long ordeal, including the Haradas.

02/19/2021
Riverside Dickens Festival – 28 Years of Wit & Wisdom

http://www.dickensfest.com/
Here is the link to the virtual Dickens Festival 2021. Heritage House is participating as usual. Please join in the fun!

Riverside Dickens FestivalFebruary 20th & 21st, 2021Riverside Dickens FestivalVirtual Festival on Eventeny February 20th & 21st, 2021 Going Virtual We Need Your Support for 2021 These uncertain times has forced the Riverside Dickens Festival to postpone our spring fundraising events. We are planning...

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"Although rare today, the hair receiver was a common fixture on the dressing tables of women from Victorian times to the early decades of the 20th century. Its purpose was to save hair culled from the hairbrush and comb, which were used vigorously on a daily basis. The hair could then be stuffed into pincushions or pillows. Since hair was not washed as often as it is today, oils were frequently used to add scent and shine to hair. The residual oil made the hair an ideal stuffing for pincushions because it lubricated the pins, making it easier for them to pierce material. Small pillows could be stuffed with hair, which was less prickly than pinfeathers. But possibly most important, hair receivers made the creation of ratts possible. A ratt (sometimes spelled rat) is a small ball of hair that was inserted into a hairstyle to add volume and fullness. The ratt was made by stuffing a sheer hairnet until it was about the size of a potato and then sewing it shut." ~ Michael McLeod
"Although rare today, the hair receiver was a common fixture on the dressing tables of women from Victorian times to the early decades of the 20th century. Its purpose was to save hair culled from the hairbrush and comb, which were used vigorously on a daily basis. The hair could then be stuffed into pincushions or pillows. Since hair was not washed as often as it is today, oils were frequently used to add scent and shine to hair. The residual oil made the hair an ideal stuffing for pincushions because it lubricated the pins, making it easier for them to pierce material. Small pillows could be stuffed with hair, which was less prickly than pinfeathers. But possibly most important, hair receivers made the creation of ratts possible. A ratt (sometimes spelled rat) is a small ball of hair that was inserted into a hairstyle to add volume and fullness. The ratt was made by stuffing a sheer hairnet until it was about the size of a potato and then sewing it shut." ~ Michael McLeod http://go-star.com/antiquing/hairreceivers.htm
Heritage House Victorian House Museum closure until further notice.No events will be held in April 2020 https://www.riversideca.gov/press/information-regarding-covid-19-coronavirus
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