March 17 is the birthday of twin brothers Alfred H. and Albert K. Smiley. Since 1908. the Smiley Brothers are celebrated every year on their birthday, March 17, Redlands Patron Saints Day.
The community is invited to the A.K. Smiley Public Library at 125 W. Vine St. every March 17 for a public celebration. This year's 110th annual celebration will include a presentation by Nathan Gonzales and Larry Burgess at 11 am. The Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library will serve cookies and refreshments from 10 am - 12 noon. The World War I Film Series continues at The Contemporary Club at 1 pm with the screening of "Pilgrimage."
Gonzales is the Archivist, Head of Special Collections at the A.K. Smiley Public Library and Burgess is a Historian and Director Emeritus of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.
The Story of the Pansies
Planted each year in the library flower beds are large hybrid pansies in honor of the twin Smiley brothers, who share a March 17 birthday (also known as Saint Patrick’s Day), and whose favorite flower was the pansy. The Smiley brothers became known as Redlands’ “Patron Saints” and every March 17th is observed as a special day in Redlands.