May 2023 Historic Preservation Fortnight

The Redlands Area Historical Society, Inc.


Redlands Conservancy


“2023 Historic Preservation Fortnight”

May 15-24, 2023

7:00 p.m.

Various Locations

Once again, the Redlands Area Historical Society, Inc. and the Redlands Conservancy will be hosting a series of activities commemorating National Historic Preservation Month over a fortnight time period. A wide variety of events will celebrate the rich historic and cultural resources that are found in Redlands.

The following calendar is a listing of the events of the 2023 Redlands Historic Preservation Fortnight:

Monday, May 15

Opening reception at the Asistencia – 26930 Barton Road

  • Presentation of the Redlands Conservancy’s Adaptive Reuse Award
  • Recognition of the 125 year Club recipients
  • Discussion of Historic Resources in the Downtown Transit Village Plan
  • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Free
  • RSVP at Eventbrite

Tuesday, May 16

Concrete California – Documentary Film Presentation and discussion

The California agricultural industry in aggregate produced over $5B in crops last year, but few know that 73% of this output comes from family-owned farms, orchards, and groves, like the many we love in Redlands.

This 2019 documentary is the story of the Okuye family, the realities of being a family-run farm, and the measures they are taking to ensure their family’s orchards can continue on into the future.

May 18

Workshop: “Is Your House Historic?

Did you know that real esate data shows that in fact historic properties tend to command premiums in real estate transactions compared to other properties? Attend this interactive workshop (bring a notebook or a laptop!) to learn how to document the history of historic properties for future generations.

May 20

The Redlands Area Historical Society’s Walking Tours of Downtown Redlands

  • 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • Tours of downtown Redlands will start at Ed Hales Park at Fifth and E. State Street – signed liability waivers will be necessary.
  • Cost $10/members, $15/non-members
  • RSVP with Eventbrite at

May 23

“Historic & Scenic Preservation: What’s in It For Me?” – Panel Discussion


  • Dr. Larry Burgess (Conservation Easement Property Owner)
  • Charlotte Mitchell, CEO of the California Farmland Trust, Elk Grove (Benefits of preserving farmland in Conservation Easements)
  • Cindy Hamilton, President Heritage Consulting Group, Philadelphia, PA (Benefits of National Register listings, Commercial
    applications of HTCs) – VIRTUAL       
    Other Panelists pending

Do you have an historic property or farmland? Worth like “historic designation,” National Register Listings,” or “Conservation Easements” may leave you wondering if you will ever be able to change your light bulbs again!

Common misconceptions aside, these concepts can have powerful benefits for the property owner, and in several cases can provide tax credits and other incentives that can assist in maintaining your property, redevelop historic investment properties, or boosting yield on farmland to assist replanting or succession planning.

This panel of experts from across the country will explain what historic designations, Conservations Easements, and Historic Tax Credits can do for you!

May 24

Redlands Forum – ESRI Campus, 380 New York Street, Redlands

  • Nathan Gonzales, Ph.d., Speaker
    Archivist at the A.K. Smiley Public Library
  • “The Legacy of the A.K. Smiley Public Library
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Free
  • Separate registration required

For further information contact:


Ron Running, The Redlands Area Historical Society
Phone: (909) 307-4661

Sherli Leonard, Redlands Conservancy
Phone: (909) 782-6208