Author Joan Hedges McCall to Discuss Book ‘Redlands Remembered’

Join author Joan Hedges McCall at the A. K. Smiley Public Library Tuesday, Sept. 18, as she discusses her new book, “Redlands Remembered: Stories from the Jewel of the Inland Empire.”

By 1889, the newly established town of Redlands at the southern base of the San Bernardino Range offered mild winters and spectacular views of the nearby mountains. The sunny, dry climate enticed eastern industrialists, and Redlands became a place of annual escape, a millionaire mecca by the turn of the 20th century. Early philanthropists set the tone for an active civic culture that has lasted throughout the city’s 125 years. These stories, researched and written by Joan Hedges McCall, tell how and why the town developed out of dusty, semi-arid lands into a green belt of orange groves, parks and Victorian homes. Find out where the water came from, how the navel oranges grew and who helped Redlands grow into the beloved city it is today.

Joan Hedges McCall has been a well-known educator and community volunteer in Redlands for more than 30 years. She has been a member of the Redlands Heritage Auxiliary, serving as scriptwriter, school tour chair and board member. Her monthly column, “Regarding Redlands,” and numerous feature articles have appeared in the Redlands Daily Facts. Joan McCall has been a history teacher and a teacher librarian. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Joan McCall will discuss her book and answer questions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Smiley Library Assembly Room, 125 W. Vine St. There is no charge to attend.