Progressive Holiday Party ~ Huge Success!


The Upland Heritage held our annual Progressive Dinner Holiday Party Saturday, December 12, 2015.  The party is a members only event that is looked forward to with much enthusiasm.  Party goers get to enjoy delectable delights at three different historic homes throughout Upland.  The holiday party is a “Progressive” one because we start at one house and progress our way through two more as we a different course meal at each house.  The 2015 party started with appetizers/hor d’oeuvres at the home of Mary and JD Van Zant, on Euclid Avenue.  We then “progressed” to a turkey dinner with all the fixings at the home of Board member, Robin Baker, where we also had a short meeting which included the presentation of the Heritage Award to Ann Lara for fostering awareness of Upland’s heritage and Heritage Grant Award winners.  We also elected new Board members for 2016.  Our final “progression” was for deserts and libations at the home of Board member, Nancy Mannon.  Nancy and her husband just purchased the home in early fall, but you could never tell as they had the house fully and beautifully decorated for the holiday season.  It was a night of lively conversation, seeing old friends, meeting new friends, lots of delicious food and rejoicing in the holiday festivities.  A wonderful time was had by all who attended and we hope that many more will join and attend next year’s party.


Restoration Workshop 2015

UH Restoration Workshop Flyer

The Upland Heritage will, once again, be offering the immensely popular “Restoration Workshop”. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be hosted by Duke and Gina Romo at their historic home located at 840 North Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA, just a bit south of the Madonna of the Trails.

The Romo family purchased the 2,400 square foot 1928 English Tudor Rival home in February of last year and are excited to be able to host this year’s Workshop. Attendees of the Workshop will get a guided tour of the home and get to see, first hand, what restoration has been done, what is currently in process and what’s on the to do list.

The workshop will offer owners of historic homes, and even newer homes, information and advice. There will be several speakers, as well as, demonstrations on the proper maintenance and restoration of historic homes.

Craftsmen specifically geared to working on historic homes will be talking about topics such as: Paint by Behr representative Dave Oberlin, floor refinishing, period light switch installation, knob and tube electrical wiring, brick masonry repair and maintenance, roofing replacement and repair, architectural salvage and window repair (NOT REPLACEMENT) and much, much more. There will also be people to help answer questions regarding the Mills Act and the various grants available.

Did you know that if your home was built prior to 1965 it is considered a historic home? Upland has over 900 historic homes, and nine registered historic districts. Sharing the knowledge of restoration and new restoration techniques is so important to the preservation of our community. We hope each and every historic, and non-historic, homeowner will come and spend the day with us learning how to restore, maintain and preserve one of their biggest investments, their homes.

As for the host home, the brick dwelling with the distinctive Tudor style pitched roofline is a dream home for Duke and Gina. According to Duke, “Every time we drive by our home, it just amazes my wife and I how fortunate we are that we actually get to live here”. The house and the many families that have lived here over the years have each added to and been a part of the enrichment of Upland and the community.

Duke and Gina are board members of the Upland Heritage, a nonprofit organization focusing on the preservation of Upland. Duke is also the Grant Chair for Upland Heritage, and is excited to showcase the grant program as part of the Workshop. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning. We will also have lunch available for the nominal fee of $5.00.

For more information please visit us at Or to make reservations please contact Duke at 714-501-3560.

UH Restoration Workshop Flyer

Last Remaining Seats by the Los Angeles Conservancy

The Last Remaining Seats is an annual program put on by  our sister organization, the Los Angeles Conversancy.  I am sitting in the balcony of the Orpheum Theater (1926) located at 842 S. Broadway awaiting tonight’s show, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  As my husband and I sit here waiting for the curtains to rise we are kept entertained by a live organist.

This is the 29th year the Los Angeles Conservancy has hosted the Last Remaining Seats as a way to bring awareness to the restoration of Los Angeles and to showcase the majesty and splendor of the old Broadway movie houses.  This year’s season comes to a close on Saturday night with showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Theater in the Ace Hotel, formerly the United Artists theater.

For more information on this series or other such programs please visit the Los Angeles Conservancy website at


General Meeting

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Upland Heritage held a General Meeting on Sunday, March 16, 2015.

Gina and Duke Romo hosted the event at their 1928 English Tudor home on Euclid.  Hot and cold appetizers and a variety of deserts were served along with tea, lemonade and fruit infused water.   The weather was beautiful so the social hour and business portion of the meeting took place outside under canopies.  Last year’s Old Magnolia Day event replayed on the outdoor screen while members and guests enjoyed the food and company.

President Carol Timm called the meeting to order and presented an overview of upcoming events.  She spoke of Magnolia Township Founder’s Day (formerly Old Magnolia Day) which will be taking place Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:00 to 4:00.  She put forth an entreaty for all to volunteer, as an event of this magnitude really needs all hands on deck to be successful.  We need help with setup and tear down, runners, booth attendants, and characters aplenty.  What you ask is a character?  We will be having historical figures telling scripted stories of their lives.  Have you ever wanted to dress up in period costume, or maybe have a secret desire to be  an actor/actress for a day?  Being a character is an opportunity to explore your creative side, contract us at to inquire.  But back to our meeting…  President Timm also told of our forthcoming Restoration Workshop which will be held in October.  The Restoration Workshop helps educate members on how to properly restore historic homes, it also puts homeowners in contact with contractors and craftspeople who can help them do it and/or find the correct materials.

After Carol finished the business portion of the meeting everyone gathered inside around the projection screen to watch the Ontario Heritage video of the Cemetery Tour where characters dressed in period costume stood beside their namesake’s tomb and told of their lives and achievements.  Several of our own Upland Heritage members participated including Alice Palacios, Larry Timm, and President Carol Timm.  After the video, Virginia Shannon came forward and gave a presentation on a truly remarkable woman who took a small successful newspaper and turned it into a media powerhouse.

Thanks to all who participated and made it another successful General Meeting.

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Book Release Party – “Images of America” Early Ontario

“Images of America” Early Ontario Book Release Party was held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Ovitt Family Community Library, Ontario

The author gave a presentation and told stories of early Ontario and reminisced of his early memories of the area.

The Library staff did a wonderful job of hosting with light refreshments and goodies.

Upland Heritage had a booth with members dressed in vintage clothing 



Sign of the Times


Sign of the Times…. Upland Heritage helps to presevere Sunkist sign. The Sunkist logo was found during the demolition of a century-old packing house on 19th Street.  Thanks to the valiant efforts of many, the 20-foot wide by 12-foot high sign, painted on a 14-ton concrete wall, was safely moved to Cable Airport for restoration.  Details and pictures forthcoming…

Vintage Home Tour

Enjoy the 2014 Vintage Home Tour of the Old Magnolia District. This is the 125th anniversary when North Ontario became the City Upland. See the wonderful homes that started the city of Gracious Living and is now the great community that we live in.