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An interactive history day held on Saturday, September 25 was partly the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day and partly the discovery of North Redlands past.

Community members were encouraged to bring their neighborhood stories and photos to share at the event held at the Redlands Community Center on West Lugonia Avenue.

  • More than 100 people gather on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Redlands Community Center to attend an interactive History Day event that was part of the city’s Mexican Independence Day event, hosted by the Common Vision Coalition. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Redlands Police Officer E. Gutierrez goes into Frida Kahlo mode during an interactive Mexican History / Independence Day event hosted by the Common Vision Coalition at the Redlands Community Center on Saturday, September 25 2021. Several mustaches on a stick were lit on the history bulletin board. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Yvonne Perez from Redlands, the center-back, and others in the room raise their hands to indicate that their families have lived in Redlands for more than 20 years during the city’s Mexican Independence Day celebration on Saturday 25 September 2021, organized by the Common Vision Coalition at the Redlands Community Center. Perez was the last to raise a hand to indicate that her family had lived in Redlands for over 90 years. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Redlands resident Jace Perez, 8, learns about his legacy at an interactive History Day event that was also part of the city of Redlands’ Mexican Independence Day celebration on Saturday, September 25 2021, hosted by the Common Vision Coalition at the Redlands Community Center. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Jennifer Tilton, professor at the University of Redlands, applauds the beauty of an old beauty pageant photo during an interactive Mexican History / Independence Day event hosted by the Common Vision Coalition at the Redlands Community Center on Saturday, September 25, 2021. As she walks through the slideshow Tilton asks the audience if they have any additional information on this image or any other. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Mario Saucedo, founder of the Common Vision Coalition, is at the end of historic photos of Redlands during a Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Redlands Community Center on Saturday, September 25, 2021. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • A decades-old Charo outfit adorned with horseshoe-framed horses is on display at an interactive Mexican History / Independence Day event hosted by the Common Vision Coalition at the Redlands Community Center on Saturday September 25, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, La Presse-Entreprise / SCNG)

  • A decades-old Charo outfit adorned with horseshoe-framed horses is on display at an interactive Mexican History / Independence Day event hosted by the Common Vision Coalition at the Redlands Community Center on Saturday September 25, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, La Presse-Entreprise / SCNG)

  • Arlahe Galicia, Community Promoter from the Mexican Consulate of San Bernardino, speaks during an interactive event on Mexican History / Independence Day, hosted by the Coalition for Common Vision, at the Community Center of Redlands on Saturday, September 25, 2021. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press -Enterprise / SCNG) 324 4370

  • Many generations of Redland residents attend an interactive Mexican History / Independence Day event hosted by the Common Vision Coalition at the Redlands Community Center on Saturday, September 25, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • The story of Cruz Coyazo’s family is on display during an interactive Mexican History / Independence Day event, hosted by the Common Vision Coalition, at the Redlands Community Center on Saturday, September 25, 2021. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

Mario Saucedo, founder of Common Vision Coalition, which co-sponsored the event, said it is important to document historic and current neighborhood residents, actions and events for future generations.

The aim was to record “some of the reasons families have come to settle here and put down roots there, both historically and some of our newcomers to the community,” he said, ” and just understand that we are a diverse community, and give them a place and an opportunity to openly share this rich history.

Before Redlands became a town, the area started out as the settlement of Lugonia, Saucedo said, and residents were laborers, had service jobs, and started families.

As an activist and community leader, Saucedo said he tries to make known “the richness of our history”.

This knowledge, he said, “is for a lot of community pride.”