Harada House is a National Historic Landmark
Known informally as “The House on Lemon Street” – the house is the only other National Historic Landmark designated in Riverside. The National Historic Landmark Harada House is among the most significant and powerful civil rights landmarks in California. Currently the Harada House does not have a designated group of RMA volunteers as it is only in the early stages of structural stabilization and refurbishment.
The house represents the struggle of one immigrant family to achieve the American promise of freedom, citizenship and a better life for their children. It was purchased in 1915 by Jukichi Harada; the deed was placed in the names of his American-born children at a time when Japanese nationals were prohibited from owning land. Though challenged in their purchase in the courts, the Haradas legally kept their home and raised a family in Riverside. Later, during WWII the family was forced to leave their home when the U.S. government ordered the internment of all people of Japanese descent regardless of their citizenship status. This house and stories within create a powerful symbol of the struggle for civil rights in the United States.
This site and the story of the Harada Family embody local, state, national, and international issues of civil and individual rights, democracy, immigration, assimilation, and citizenship. Preservation of the site, collections, and stories ensures that these pivotal lessons of history will continue to be accessible for all peoples.
It is additionally worth mentioning in the context of the RMA because of its importance to the history of Riverside and the connection the house and its owners had with Riversiders and other notables of the time. The RMA is taking a leadership role in raising funds for the Harada House restoration through the establishment of the RMA Harada House Stewardship Fund.
Help preserve and create an interpretive center to tell this important story
Both the RMA and the Museum have accounts dedicated to helping preserve the Harada House and developing an interpretation center in which this important story is told. Use the link below to make a donation for this worthy cause,
or send a check to Treasurer, RMA, 3580 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. Please note Harada House on your check.
The Riverside Museum Associates is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. As such, your donation is fully tax deductible to the full extent of the current tax law.
The Museum also has a trust account for the National Historic Landmark Harada House which is used for the Robinson House Interpretation Center and the Harada House Capitol Campaign. The account is tax deductible as called out specifically in the language below.
You can make your check out to: City of Riverside Trust Acct: 0000721-225468
Send your check to: Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Attn: Sarah Suverkrup Mundy, Director
3580 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
Account Number for City of Riverside Harada/Robinson Trust 0000721-225468
The City of Riverside (Federal Employer Identification Number 95-6000769), as a municipal government, is a political sub-division of the State of California. As such, the City qualifies as a charitable organization as defined by §170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code(IRC). Donations made to the City of Riverside exclusively for public purposes are considered to be tax deductible in accordance with IRC §170(c)(1).