Welcome to Sweet N Sour Citrus

Sweet N Sour is a program of the Relevancy & History Project partnership between the Public History Program at the University of California, Riverside, and California State Parks. The pilot project at California Citrus State Historic Park focuses on migration and immigration and highlights hidden histories of people and place. It includes new research, partnerships, student participation, community story collection, outreach events, and exhibitions.

Sweet N Sour asks questions like these, and sometimes finds answers:

Who picked and packed, then and now?

What connects the Inland and British Empires?

Why should the “Riverside Method” be renamed the “Chinese Method“?

When did Eastside and Casa Blanca neighbors hear Spanish as well as Italian, Japanese, and Korean dialects wafting out open windows?

Where do we find African American grove owners and citriculturalists?

How can the scent of orange blossoms summon Afghani memories of home, calamansi tell a story of Filipino cooking, and citron narrate events around the Jewish holiday of Sukkot?

Please visit the California Citrus State Historic Park at 9400 Dufferin Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504, come to upcoming events, and write to us with stories, ideas, and images to share at RHCitrusPark@gmail.com.

The Relevancy & History Project has grown since its inception in June 2016 with the support of generous partners, including:

1900 in Black · Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation · Cal State Fullerton · Cal State San Bernardino · Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum, Perris · Loma Linda Area Parks and Historical Society · Malki Museum · Riverside African American Historical Society · Riverside Art Museum · Riverside Chapter of Japanese American Citizens League · Riverside County Mexican American Historical Society · Riverside Museum Associates Multicultural Council · Save Our Chinatown Committee · Sherman Indian Museum · Spanish Town Foundation · Studio for Southern California History · Tesoros de Casa Blanca · Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UCR