Rialto Historical Society keeps history alive through monthly lecture series

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As a city with more than a century-old history, Rialto has plenty of pasts to uncover.

And to help discover the years before, the Rialto Historical Society is bringing in some special guests for its monthly lunch speaker series set for Saturday at noon at the Historical Society, 205 N. Riverside Ave.

While the eight-month series is in its final programming, it’s not too late to delve into a slice of history, along with some present facts.

The next few months will feature guests, Mark Landis, Don Beard and Gabriel Rangel, said organizers.

Landis, a local historian and author, is scheduled for Saturday’s talk and will present a program on the Arrowhead Line, which brought water down from Arrowhead Springs through San Bernardino to Los Angeles where it was bottled by the Arrowhead Springs Water Company.

“We try to find speakers of local interest and those that can provide an early history of the (surrounding) area and in Rialto,” said Jean Randall, president of the Historical Society.

May’s guest speaker, Beard, will offer a program about Victorian architecture in the area.

“(The speakers) always offer a wealth of knowledge about Rialto’s past and present,” Randall said. “It’s amazing to learn about what is in the area.”

The historical society has offered the monthly speaker program for the last 15 to 20 years, Randall said, in an effort to preserve and keep the area’s history alive through story.

Local historian Richard McInnis assists in helping find speakers of interest to share the area’s history.

“That’s why these programs are so valuable,” said McInnis. “They teach about how things came about and were developed to make the place that Rialto is now.”

While the monthly programs generally include talks about how things in Rialto came to be, some offer highlights of present successes in the city, like June’s scheduled program featuring Rangel.

In wrapping up the series, which ends in June, the program will feature local celebrity, Sky, the wire fox terrier who took Best in Show in this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Rangel, Sky’s handler, will bring along the trophy winning terrier to the program and talk about his local dog handling and grooming business.

Saturday’s monthly speaker series begins at noon at the Rialto Historical Society, 205 N. Riverside Ave. Lunch is available for a cost of $7 and the speaker program follows immediately after.

To learn more, call 909-875-8723.


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