At Coops Coins, Redlanders and tourists are now able to view an exhibit of collectibles significant to our town’s history.
The owners have a vast personal collection of historic Redlands memorabilia, and will rotate out what’s featured regularly.
“There’s no shortage of items we can put on display,” said co-owner Lauren Briggs.
Collectibles include a wide range of items: pharmacy bottles, calendars, letters, sheet music, crate labels, board games, paper money, books, milk bottles, souvenir plates, postcards, photos.
The value of access to local history is widely documented. It connects us to our home, even if we’re not from here.
“History is the foundation for strong, vibrant communities. A place becomes a community when wrapped in human memory as told through family stories, tribal traditions, and civic commemorations as well as discussions about our roles and responsibilities to each other and the places we call home,” says The Value of History, a publication documenting the value of community and local history.
Coops Coins, owned by Randy & Lauren Briggs, is the oldest coin and stamp retailer west of the Mississippi under the same ownership, values Redlands and its heritage.
It’s why they have so many items to display — they buy it. There isn’t another shop in town that buys this type of memorabilia.
Currently on display is an antique coin bank promoting Union Bank, defined in 1897 as “the oldest bank in Redlands proper.”
Ten years later, “Illustrated Redlands,” a special publication of the Redlands Daily Facts, said it was “the first business structure of any pretensions erected in the projected city.”
The first directorate included city founder and Redlands’ first mayor Edward G. Judson, and early Redlands city attorney R.J. Waters.
As displays update, follow the articles to include photos and history on Coops website and promoted on social media, and then come in to see the display live in the shop.
Communities with cultural heritage institutions and a strong sense of historical character attract talent, increase tourism revenues, enhance business development, and fortify local economies.
“People are drawn to communities that have preserved a strong sense of historical identity and character.”