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History in the Making
By John Weeks   - 02/26/2008

The San Bernardino Sun

What do you call it when 41 historians gather in one spot?

Well, historical, for starters.

It happens Saturday in Corona. Authors of dozens of books on Inland Empire history will make a grand appearance at the Barnes & Noble store there.

Arcadia Publishing, the national company that produces the "Images of America" and "Postcard History" books featured at the event, says it's the largest gathering of its authors in company history.

Barnes & Noble says it's the largest gathering of local history authors in that company's history as well.

If you want to be a part of local history in the making, head to Corona on Saturday. The event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m.

It promises to be a one-of-a-kind celebration of Inland Empire history.

Since 1994, Arcadia has published more than 3,000 books featuring the local history of communities and regions from coast to coast. The Inland Empire is well-represented in that total, with more than 50 titles.

You'll see most of those books, and most of their authors, at Corona on Saturday. Representatives of Arcadia Publishing also will be present, scouting for new talent.

The organizer of the event is Kevin Bash, who with Brigitte Jouxtel is author of one of the best books in the series, "The Norconian Resort." It tells the story of the ill-fated Norconian Resort Supreme, an immense pleasure palace built in Riverside County just as the Great Depression fell upon the nation.

Part of the proceeds from Saturday's event will benefit the Lake Norconian Club Foundation that is attempting to restore and preserve the deteriorating structure.

At least 41 authors will make appearances and sign copies of their books. Representing San Bernardino County will be Steve Shaw ("San Bernardino Postcard History" and "San Bernardino Fire Department"), Nick Cataldo ("San Bernardino"), John Anicic ("Fontana" and "Kaiser Steel"), Larry Sheffield ("Colton"), Randy Briggs and Fred Edwards ("Redlands"), Claire Teeters ("Yucaipa") and Paul F. Smith, Vickie Waite and Al Gartner ("Twentynine Palms").

Mountain resorts will be represented by Roger Hatheway ("Rim of the World Drive" and "Lake Arrowhead Postcard History"), Stanley E. Bellamy ("Running Springs" and "Big Bear"), Russell L. Keller (co-author, "Big Bear," co-author, "Lake Arrowhead Postcard History"), Rhea-Frances Tetley ("Crestline" and "Lake Arrowhead"), J.R. Sanders ("Oak Glen") and Pat Krig and Barbara Van Houten ("Wrightwood").

The city of Riverside and Riverside County also will have large contingents at the event.

Representing Riverside will be Steve Lech ("Riverside:
1870-1940" and "Riverside in Vintage Postcards"), Kim Jarrel Johnson ("Jurupa" and "Rubidoux") and Georgia Gordon Sercl ("Arlington").

Authors of books on other Riverside County communities also will be present, including Mary Bryner Winn ("Corona"), Marge Bitetti ("Norco"), Kathleen Dever and Judy Whitson ("Lake Mathews"), Elinor Martin ("Canyon Lake" and "Menifee Valley"), Betty Bouris (co-author, "Menifee Valley"), Kenneth M. Holtzclaw ("Moreno Valley," "Banning," "Beaumont," "San Gorgonio Pass" and "San Timoteo Canyon"), Jeff Foxx (co-author, "Beaumont"), Richard Dozier (co-author, "Moreno Valley") and Judy Artunian, Mike Oldham and Howard Johns ("Palm Springs in Vintage Postcards").

Three of Arcadia's newest authors also represent Riverside County.

Margaret Wellman Jaenke and Tony Mauricio are authors of the new book "Around Anza Valley," which offers a fascinating look at the "Ramona" region of south central Riverside County. Ruth Atkins is an author, along with other members of the Lake Elsinore Historical Society, of the just-published "Lake Elsinore," which tells the story of that resort region in the form of vintage postcards.

Also present at Saturday's event will be representatives of Arcadia Publishing, who are seeking authors for other Inland Empire history books. Would-be authors are encouraged to attend the event or e-mail their interest to publishingwest@arcadiapublishing.com, or visit the Arcadia Web site at www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Saturday's meet-the-authors event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 2470 Tuscany St., Corona. Call (951) 735-0038.





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