Publication: The Record Gazette
Article Title: Cherry Valley highlighted in new book
Author: Staff Writer
Kenneth Holtzclaw has teamed up with local history buff, Tom Chong and released a new book in his series of Images of America. This time his pictorial book highlights Cherry Valley and the surrounding areas including Oak Glen, Bogart Park, the areas Agriculture, Highland Springs and the Edward Dean Museum.
His latest book boast more than 200 vintage photographs that revisit the area's growth and development. The book published by Arcadia publishing is available at local retailers for $19.99.
Holtzclaw said of his books, "I enjoy history and this is a great way to learn about history."
Holtzclaw is a board member for the San Gorgonio Pass Historical Society where he met and teamed up for the book with fellow member Tom Chong.
Holtzclaw will be at the at Barnes & Nobel in Redlands, Nov. 1, from 12-3 p.m.
He will be at Edward Dean Museum for a book signing in November as well.
Title: Local author Kenneth Holtzclaw at museum on Saturday
Author: Staff Writer
Publication: The Record Gazette
Join local author Kenneth Holtzclaw for a meet and greet at the Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Holtzclaw will sign copies of his recently released book, "Images of America Cherry Valley."
The pictorial allows a look into the history of Cherry Valley and the heritage that lives on. The book is one of many authored by Holtzclaw, who discovered his passion for history and writing at an early age and finds the Pass area of great interest.
Holtzclaw has taken local photos in the Pass area and has complied them into books so readers can learn the rich history of the area.
Other books from Arcadia Publishing authored by Holtzclaw include, "Images of America, Banning," and "Images of America, San Gorgonio." Acadia Publishing is a publisher of books on local history, and has a catalog of more than 5,000 titles in print.
The Edward-Dean Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors and students; children 12 and under are free.
Guided tours are available by appointment.
The Museum's permanent collections are primarily 16th through 19th century European and Asian decorative arts including furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, sculptures, and many small collections such as miniature paintings, fans and pocket watches.
Edward-Dean Museum is at 9401 Oak Glen Road in Cherry Valley. For information, call (951) 845-2626.
Title: Chrinciling the Inland Empire
Author: John Weeks
Publisher: The Sun
If anyone needs additional proof that the Inland Empire is a fascinating place, here it is.
Arcadia Publishing, the South Carolina company that specializes in local history books written by local authors around the nation, has produced more than 60 Inland Empire titles.
I doubt there are many other two-county areas in the United States where the same can be said.
Here's a look at recent titles:
"Cherry Valley" by Kenneth M. Holtzclaw and Tom Chong: The cover photo, which shows beauty queens perched in cherry trees to promote a mid-1950s Cherry Festival, is just a sample of the delights inside. You'll even see Albert Einstein enjoying the crisp, clean air in the San Gorgonio Pass on a winter's day in 1933.
"Murrieta Hot Springs" by Rebecca Farnbach, Loretta Barnett, Marvin Curran and Tony Guenther: This southwest Riverside County resort community has quite a history, with a cast of characters that includes mobsters, evangelicals, vegetarian crusaders, medical quacks and faith healers. Read the whole story in this entertaining book, which includes more than 200 historic photos.
"Skiing in Southern California" by Ingrid P. Wicken: This terrific book chronicles the development of snow sports in the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountain ranges. My favorite chapter, "No Snow, No Problem," shows intrepid skiers practicing their moves at such unlikely locations as desert sand dunes, ocean beaches and hillsides coated with borax, pine needles or plastic chips.
"Hemet" by members of the Hemet Area Museum Association: Learn how entrepreneurs built the Great Lake Hemet Dam to create a dream community in the San Jacinto Valley. Early-day photos of the Ramona Festival are among the treasures to be found in this book.
"Missions of Southern California" by James Osborne: This book tells the story in pictures of nine Southland missions and includes a look at the San Bernardino Asistencia in Redlands.
"Riverside's Camp Anza and Arlanza" by Frank Teurlay: Did you know that the Arlanza District of Riverside traces its origins to Camp Anza, a U.S. Army staging center during World War II, where troops gathered and prepared for deployment? Hollywood stars such as Bob Hope and Shirley Temple would drop in from time to time to entertain the soldiers.
"Cleveland National Forest" by James D. Newland. Learn the whole story of this woodsy wonderland that sprawls through parts of Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties. President Theodore Roosevelt designated it for preservation in 1908.
Other recent Arcadia titles, which I've mentioned in previous columns, include "The Harris Company" by Aimmee L. Rodriguez, Richard A. Hanks and Robin S. Hanks, "Big Bear" by Russell L. Keller, and "Death Valley" by Robert P. Palazzo.
Finally, there's my own book, which is the newest in the series. It's titled "Inland Empire" and it offers a nostalgic history tour of our entire region.
Arcadia books, $19.99 each, are available at area bookstores, gift shops and other retailers, as well as from Amazon.com and other online booksellers. You'll find autographed copies of my book at Barnes & Noble stores in Redlands and Riverside.