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Grocery Stores In Riverbank To Be Memories Day Topic
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Members of the Riverbank Historical Society will be discussing the topic of grocery stores here, like the West Side Market, through the years. The Memories Day will be Thursday, April 13, at the Museum at 3237 Santa Fe starting at 11 a.m. Photo Courtesy Riverbank Historical Society Archive

The Riverbank Historical Society has scheduled its next Memories Day for tomorrow, Thursday, April 13, at the museum in downtown, near city hall.

This time the topic is Grocery Stores. Who were some of the local grocers and where were their stores?

Organizer Paulette Roberson, former society president, said names from Riverbank’s history, like Spengler, Henry and D’Accardo will be echoing through the museum on Thursday. The event is open to the public, free of charge, with refreshments to be served, according to Roberson.

Among questions to be answered, she said, “Why did you choose to be a grocer?” and “Why did you choose Riverbank?”

Memories Day will be held at 11 a.m., immediately following the regular general membership meeting, which is at 10 a.m. The public is invited to that, as well, she said.

Regular hours for the museum are 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. It’s often open Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, depending on the availability of volunteers.

The Riverbank Historical Museum is at 3237 Santa Fe St., next to and behind City Hall North. It is a Carnegie Library, constructed in 1921 with funds donated by Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, along with local contributions. The facility has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1997, when it was dedicated as a museum.

The Riverbank Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was formed in the late 1990s, and has been operating the museum since it was dedicated as a historical landmark. Anyone interested in preserving the history of the Riverbank area can become a member.