New Exhibition to Celebrate Riverside’s Citrus Heritage

UC Riverside Library to open new exhibition, “Orange Roots”

The exhibition will showcase the remarkable history of Riverside’s citrus heritage.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The University of California, Riverside Library will open a new exhibition on Monday, Oct. 24, titled, “Orange Roots: The Remarkable Story of Two Trees, a Pioneer Town, and the University of California, Riverside.” The exhibition will be at the Tomás Rivera Library, and will be on display through June 2017. A welcome reception will be held on Nov. 10.

“‘Orange Roots’ brings to life the exciting history of Riverside, and how the Washington Navel orange tree revolutionized citrus,” said Krista Ivy, librarian at UCR and curator of the exhibit.

The exhibition will showcase the remarkable history of Riverside’s citrus heritage, from its early, pioneer days to the establishment of UCR. It will feature photographs, historical documents, and other memorabilia from the UCR Library Special Collections & University Archives, the UCR Citrus Variety Collection, the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, and the Riverside Public Library.

“Notable pioneers such as Eliza Tibbets and Matthew Gage, along with the labor and expertise of various immigrant groups and Native Americans, launched Riverside into the national spotlight in the late 19th century,” Ivy said. “They helped to transform the dry landscape of Riverside into lush citrus groves. Riverside’s international role and importance in citriculture would continue to grow with the establishment of the Citrus Experiment Station, and later UC Riverside.”

The welcome reception in honor of the exhibition’s opening will be held at the library, from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. The event is free and open to the public. The reception will include a talk by Susan Straight, professor of creative writing at UCR, and a citrus-tasting station where guests can sample different varieties of citrus fruits. The citrus-tasting station will be organized by Tracy Kahn, UCR’s Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection Endowed Chair. Free parking will be available. Those interested in attending should RSVP using this link:

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