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Redlands Patron Saints Day

A.K. Smiley Public Library at 125 W. Vine St.
Sun, Mar 15 at 03:00 PM + Add to Your Calendar

Celebrate Patron Saints' Day at Smiley Library!
Sunday, March 17 is the birthday of twin brothers Alfred H. and Albert K. Smiley. Since 1908. the Smiley Brothers are celebrated every year on their birthday, March 17, Redlands Patron Saints Day.

The community is invited to the A.K. Smiley Public Library at 125 W. Vine St. every March 17 for a public celebration. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the first public library in Redlands, so fittingly, this year's 111th annual Redlands Patron Saints Day celebration includes a presentation by Nathan Gonzales and Larry Burgess at 3 pm in the Assembly Room. am.

Gonzales is the Archivist, Head of Special Collections at the A.K. Smiley Public Library and Burgess is a Historian and Director Emeritus of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.

  • This is a free event, but reservations are recommended. RSVP here
  • Please call the Heritage Room at (909) 798-7632 for more information.
  • 3-4pm

Born in Maine in 1828, identical twins Albert and Alfred were successful educators before embarking upon careers as resort owners in New York state in the decades that followed the Civil War. Discovering Redlands in 1889, the pair went on to create a public botanical oasis known as Canyon Crest Park in the hills southwest of Redlands and were involved in many philanthropic projects in the city. Their immeasurable impact is best exemplified by A.K. Smiley Public Library, which is named for Albert but would not have been possible without the contributions of both brothers.

The Story of the Pansies
Planted each year in the library flower beds are large hybrid pansies in honor of the twin Smiley brothers, who share a March 17 birthday (also known as Saint Patrick’s Day), and whose favorite flower was the pansy. The Smiley brothers became known as Redlands’ “Patron Saints” and every March 17th is observed as a special day in Redlands.

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