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A display of historical photos, honoring the 125th anniversary of the City of Redlands, now hangs in the Redlands City Council Chambers.

The display includes archival photos of past anniversary celebrations, provided by the Heritage Room Archives at the A.K. Smiley Public Library. Former archivist Don McCue, recently named as the director of the Smiley Library, and current archivist Nathan Gonzales assisted in locating historic photos from the City’s 100th, 75th, 60th and 50th anniversary celebrations.

In addition, local photographer Stephen Wormser has created a collection of photos featuring past and current members of the Redlands City Council and Redlands Unified School District Board of Education, past presidents of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce and current members of the Redlands Police and Fire Departments. The Fire Department photo recreates a historic pose of department members and apparatus taken from overhead at the intersection of Cajon and Vine streets.

Another photo features the five current members of the City Council, who will serve during the anniversary year, culminating in November. Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster chairs the 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee.

The celebration marks the 125th Anniversary of the City’s incorporation in November 1888. The yearlong celebration kicked off on Dec. 1 with the Redlands Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City and the Kiwanis Club of Redlands. Additional events are being planned throughout the year.

No General Fund money has been allocated for the celebration. All funds will come from donations, fundraising efforts and revenue from the sale of sponsorships and commemorative merchandise. Donations of $10,000 each have been received from the Kiwanis Club of Redlands (noon), the University of Redlands and Kaiser-Permanente. Donations of $5,000 were also received from the Rotary Clubs of Redlands and American Medical Response.

Any group or individual interested in participating as a sponsor of the 125th Anniversary celebration may contact Tommi Ng at (909) 798-7514, ext. 4 or email

PHOTO CAPTION: A.K. Smiley Public Library Heritage Room archivist Nathan Gonzales, local photographer Stephen Wormser, Smiley Library Director Don McCue and Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster pose in front of the display of historic photos in the City Council Chambers at Redlands City Hall last week. The display honors the City’s quasquicentennial – 125th anniversary.

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