San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society offers a FREE monthly program on the first Thursday of each month. It begins at 7 p.m. and is held inside the Christian R. Harris Memorial Hall located next to the Heritage House at 796 N. D Street in San Bernardino, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit http://www.sbhistoricalsociety.com.
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This Thursday, March 5th Riley’s Apple Farm with be the focus. The following is from http://iecn.com/antiques-are-focus-of-historical-society-program:
Restoring antique farming machinery used more than a century ago to pluck, pick and press apples from the harvest keeps Dennis Riley of Riley’s Apple Farm in Oak Glen fairly busy.
But on March 5, the orchard owner and farm caretaker will set some time aside from the restoration process to show how he’s brought the antiques back to life by hosting a hands-on presentation and program, “Bringing Antiques into the Present on A Living Farm.”
The event, part of San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society’s free monthly program series, begins at 7 p.m. inside the Christian R. Harris Memorial Hall located next to the Heritage House at 796 N. D Street in San Bernardino.
“You see and hear about these antiques in museums, but they’re never in action or being used,” Riley said. “The difference here at the apple farm is that we still actually use the restored antique machinery and we let (visitors) take their hand at them too.”
From old cider presses to copper kettles still in use at the farm to make
raw pressed cider and apple butter, Riley says the age-old tools are the “hallmark of the operation” and bring history back to life.
While the massive press machines won’t be lugged to the March 5 program, other artifacts and tools still used on the farm will be showcased “so there’s no missing out on the live antiques still in use,” he added.
In addition to the program talk, a hands-on portion will be included where guests will have the opportunity to step back in time and use an old rope maker to create a 20-foot piece of rope “the old-fashioned way,” Riley said.
The San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society holds free programs the first Thursday of each month in an effort to share and preserve the history of the San Bernardino Valley. All programs are free and open to the public To learn more about Riley’s Apple Farm visit their website, rileysapplefarm.com. To learn more about the historical society visit, historicasbhistoricalsociety.com