Educational and Cultural Series

The Redlands Forum, sponsored by Esri and the University of Redlands Town & Gown, offers educational and cultural programs on a variety of topics for free or at nominal cost. Presenters include government and business leaders, environmentalists, filmmakers, and performers.

Redlands in WWI

Tuesday, May 2nd | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Ann Deegan, Don McCue, Nathan Gonzales, Maria Carillo Colato

Join a very special panel of authors for an enlightening discussion about their book, Redlands in World War I, which commemorates the community’s perseverance and sacrifices during the Great War.

Relive the experiences of local citizens when you hear from the following speakers:

  • Ann Deegan—Historian and past museum curator.
  • Don McCue—Director of A.K. Smiley Public Library.
  • Nathan Gonzales—Historian and archivist/head of special collections at A.K. Smiley Public Library.
  • Maria Carrillo Colato—Associate archivist at A.K. Smiley Public Library.
  • Upon declaration of war on April 6, 1917, the city of Redlands mobilized immediately. The local National Guard Company G departed on April 4 to Arcadia and quickly relocated to San Diego. Residents worked to establish a chapter of the American Red Cross and formed war committees through the YMCA, YWCA and Salvation Army. Thousands of residents pulled together to serve the war at home, donating their time and orchestrating bond drives. More than eight hundred locals served in the military, as Redlanders could be found fighting in every major battle involving American troops. 39 men and one woman paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    Coming up next...

    May 17th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Designing A City with a "Perpetual Esthetic Uplift": Redlands' Arts and Crafts Period Architecture

    Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D.

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    Most programs take place in the Esri Conference Center, 380 New York St., Redlands, CA 92373. Esri campus map


    Seating is limited, and advanced reservations are required. If you are unable to make your reservation online, please call 909-748-8011.


    You can e-mail your questions, or
    contact the Esri event coordinator at
    909-793-2853, ext. 7287.

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