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Victor Valley Museum hosts Arthropolooza: Ultimate Bugfest

Live insect encounters and hands-on activities include the “Dare Box”

Arthropolooza: the Ultimate Bugfest buzzes into the Victor Valley Museum on Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum and local partners present demonstrations and hands-on activities with live insects, insect specimen displays, interactive bee activities, backyard conservation, composting demo, and more to engage and educate visitors participants about the Mojave Desert’s creepy crawlers, and an emphasis on established and endangered arthropod species in our region..

Featured are live arthropods including hissing and cave cockroaches, a Desert Hairy Scorpion, tarantulas, millipedes, and more from the main museum’s Exploration Station live animal collection and mounted insect displays from the Education Collection. Visitors will get to test their sense of touch and bravery to discern concealed insects in the “Dare Box.” Facilitated cockroach races are scheduled during the event. Kids will get to create their own bug accessories and pose in front of a large scale bugface selfie station.

Joining the event are BeeRooted; UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners; Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District; and San Bernardino County Environmental Health Mosquito and Vector Control; Mojave National Preserve;  Rivers & Lands Conservancy;  Mojave Desert Land Trust; San Bernardino County Agricultural Weights and Measures.

Jessika Vazquez, Curator of Integrated Sciences said, “California is home to many arthropod species, some that are considered endangered due to environmental pressures like the Delhi Sand Flower-loving fly, a nectar feeding fly, that can be only be found in small sections of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Come spend a weekend with our partners and their many legged guests for this popular event!”

The Victor Valley Museum and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating the arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Regular museum days and hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student), EBT cardholders are $1. Children under 5 and the San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

County Museum Director Appointed to National Commission

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), based in Arlington, VA, has announced the appointment of San Bernardino County Museum Director Melissa Russo as a new Accreditation Commissioner. Ms. Russo will fill one of two vacant seats on the nine-member board, serving a term of five years.

AAM accreditation is the museum industry’s mark of distinction and offers peer-based validation of a museum’s operations and impact. The Accreditation Commission is the body responsible for making independent decisions regarding the accredited status of the nation’s museums. The Commission meets three times per year and is made up of museum professionals serving in a volunteer capacity that collectively bring a wide range of experience and expertise in the museum field.

“Melissa’s appointment is a very proud moment for San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “This is a testament to the great work Melissa has done as the County Museum Director, and to our county’s commitment to innovation and excellence.”

The San Bernardino County Museum has held accredited status since 1974 and received 10-year re-accreditation under Ms. Russo’s tenure as the County’s Museum Director, a position she has held since 2015. As an Accreditation Commissioner, she brings over two decades of experience successfully managing both government and private nonprofit museums, along with diverse nonprofit board leadership and experience. Over the course of her career, Russo has been highly active in the museum field at-large. She is a prolific speaker at local, regional, and national conferences, and has authored articles for museum publications on a wide range of practical topics and contemporary issues. She has served as an AAM Accreditation Peer Reviewer and an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant reviewer, and has served on AAM’s National Program Committee.

Accreditation Commissioners self-nominate and are appointed by the AAM Board Chair based on recommendations from a nominating committee comprised of representatives from the Board, Accreditation Commission, and selected discipline-specific museums associations. This year, over 30 nominees competed for two open seats, with Russo and Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum in San Antonio, selected.

“Based on their experience and high praise from their peers, I know that Marise and Melissa will serve AAM with dedication and enthusiasm, and the perspectives they bring will add value to the Commission’s work” said Kippen de Alba Chu, AAM’s Board Chair. “I am grateful for their commitment and volunteer time devoted to these vital positions.”

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

3rd Annual Ultimate Bugfest at County Museum

Live insect encounters and the “Dare Box” at Arthropolooza

Arthropolooza: the Ultimate Bugfest buzzes into the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum and local partners present demonstrations and hands-on activities with live insects, insect specimen displays, interactive bee activities, backyard conservation, composting and more with an emphasis on established and endangered arthropod species in our region.

Family activities include a buggy photo booth, bug relay races, live bug encounters, Catch a Bug!, and bug crafts. The “Dare Box” will test visitors’ sense of touch and bravery to discern concealed insects. Live arthropod encounters include hissing and cave cockroaches, a Desert Hairy Scorpion, tarantulas, millipedes, and more from the museum’s Exploration Station live animal collection.

Joining the event are Hidden Valley Nature Center; San Bernardino County Agricultural Weights & Measures;  Bee Rooted; Joshua Tree National Park; UC Riverside Department of Entomology; The Wildlands Conservancy; San Bernardino County Environmental Health Mosquito and Vector Control; UCCE Master Gardener;, and Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD).

Jessika Vazquez, Curator of Integrated Sciences said, “California is home to many arthropod species, some that are considered endangered due to environmental pressures like the Delhi Sand Flower-loving fly, a nectar feeding fly, that can be only be found in small sections of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Come spend a weekend with our partners and their many legged guests for this popular event!”

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arthropolooza is included with general admission: $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

The Cigarette author Sarah Milov speaks at Dome Talks

Sarah Milov, author of The Cigarette: a Political History, is the featured speaker at the San Bernardino County Museum’s Dome Talks on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

Milov, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia, teaches courses on 20th century political and social history, and her research explores how organized interest groups and everyday Americans influence government policy. A former fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, she has written on the tobacco industry, the rise of e-cigarettes, and the grassroots fight to battle climate change.

One of the most controversial products in American history, the book traces the fascinating rise and fall of the tobacco industry, the machinations of tobacco executives and scientists, and the shifting political climate that supported the smoking culture.

Now in its fourth year, the Dome Talks speaker series brings prominent, provocative, and quirky speakers to the region to discuss current books and topical issues. In 2020, these evening discussions are scheduled monthly from January through July.

Future Dome Talks speakers are:

Mar. 24, Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author of Erosion: Essays of Undoing. 

Apr. 16, Evan Hilgemann, mechanical engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, “How to Drive a Rover on Mars and Other Necessary Skills for the Itinerant Space Traveler.”

May 21, Marilyn Berlin Snell, author of Unlikely Ally: How the Military Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment.

June 25, Ruth Kassinger, author of Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us.

July 16, Larry Burns, author of Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

All Dome Talks evenings open at 6:30 p.m. for a light reception sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association, Amparo Serrano, and Lorenzi Estate Vineyards and Winery. Presentations start at 7 p.m. and include book sale and signing where applicable. Author’s books are available for sale in the Museum store.

Tickets for individual evenings are $20 each ($16 museum members) and can be purchased online at www.sbcounty.gov/museum or at the door. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as walkups are not guaranteed.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs, including Dome Talks reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

The Afro exhibit opens at the County Museum

Exhibit traces from the afro comb to the Crown Act

San Bernardino County Museum is pleased to present “The Afro, a historical view: From the Afro Comb to the Crown Act.” The show opens Thursday, Jan. 30 and runs through March1, 2020. A museum member reception takes place on Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Curated by Leah Goodwin, the exhibit tells the story of Dr. Willie L. Morrow, barber, creator of the Afro Pick comb, and author of 400 years Without a Comb. The exhibit includes artifacts that document the story of this beauty phenomenon, and features artworks by renowned African American artists Ernie Barnes and Albert Fennel.

Morrow, born in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1940, became a barber at age twelve. He relocated to San Diego, opened his own barber shop, and quickly began inventing tools, formulating products, developing techniques, writing, and teaching. At just 22 years old, Morrow carved his first Afro Pick comb out of wooden dowels. Shortly thereafter, he produced a plastic injection version of the Afro Pick comb, the first commercially produced in the United States, which became a household item and recognized political icon the world over. Several years later, the United States military contracted Morrow to train barbers and beauticians in the U.S., Europe, and Asia on the intricacies of cutting and styling Afro-textured hair.

Morrow’s collection is comprised of tools that he designed, was inspired by, and used in his barber shop; products and books that he collected in order to improve his own formulations; illustrations, paintings, and photographs he commissioned for the books and pamphlets on hair care and history that he wrote and published; and other related artifacts.

Guest Curator Leah Goodwin is a prolific curator, serving in many arts organizations including the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, VSA Arts of California, Aesthetics, Inc., and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego. Most recently, she has served as Director of Museum and Education for the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, where she presented 17 exhibitions over four years.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The exhibit and the exhibit opening reception are included with general admission. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Museum’s Cosmic Nights Dates Set for 2020

Museum’s Cosmic Nights Dates Set for 2020

Telescope viewing at San Bernardino County Museum and Victor Valley Museum

The San Bernardino County Museum announces the 2020 dates for the popular Cosmic Nights, astronomy-themed evening events in partnership with the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers (SBVAA), and at the Victor Valley Museum, the museum’s branch in Apple Valley, in partnership with High Desert Astronomical Society (HiDAS).

At San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands

Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Friday, June 26, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Cosmic Nights at San Bernardino County Museum, in partnership with San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers (SBVAA). Organized in 1958 to help amateur astronomers in the San Bernardino Valley area, SBVAA seeks to increase their knowledge and excitement in astronomy and spread that knowledge to the community.

At Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley

Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Cosmic Nights at Victor Valley Museum, in partnership with The High Desert Astronomical Society (HiDAS). Based at the Luz Observatory in Apple Valley, HiDAS was formed to provide trained, volunteer astronomers to operate and maintain the Center’s astronomical equipment

The evenings feature telescope viewing, an opportunity to discuss astronomy with the telescope operators, and visitors are also encouraged to bring binoculars or set up their own telescopes.

The events take place outdoors, weather permitting, and guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Guests are welcome to set up portable lawn chairs and blankets for extended viewing. Museum galleries will be open during the event and regular admission applies. Tickets are available in advance online by visiting http://www.sbcounty.gov/museum, or may be purchased at the door.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cosmic Nights is included in general admission: $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cosmic Nights is included in general admission: $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student. EBT cardholders are $1. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Second Saturdays Return to Victor Valley Museum

January 11th monthly event returns with fossil event

Victor Valley Museum’s Second Saturday returns on Saturday, January 11, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with “Diggin’ It!”  The monthly programs are an opportunity for visitors and families with children to participate in engaging, hands-on making and art activities related to the museum’s collections  emphasizing the High Desert’s cultural and natural history

Diggin It! will provide visitors the opportunity to examine and study like paleontologists and geologists utilizing the fossil evidence from the San Bernardino County Museum’s vast collections. Partnering for this event will be the Western Science Center. Visitors will have the opportunity to create clay molds of native fossils, excavate an Early Cambrian Trilobite, reconstruct a 2-D Mammoth skeleton, and create their own fossilized amber specimen!

Second Saturdays at the Victor Valley Museum and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating the arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Regular museum days and hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student), EBT cardholders are $1. Children under 5 and the San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Old West Days Returns to San Bernardino County Museum

Experience the “Old West” in New Ways

Old West Days returns to the San Bernardino County Museum the weekend of Jan. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring demonstrations, re-enactors, engaging activities, and entertainment, visitors can participate in numerous activities, like quilting, leatherworking, rope lassoing, pose for old style photographs in western clothing with a stagecoach backdrop, and try their luck at card games like Faro, Vingt Un and Grand Hazard.

Nineteen local nonprofit partners are participating in the event, including the UCCE 4H Club, San Bernardino County Regional Parks Calico Ghost Town, Old Spanish Trail Association, Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, Malki Museum, Big Bear Historical Society, Heritage Trails Association, San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Historical Society, Riverside County Parks Open Space District, Gilman Ranch Hands, Inland Empire Handweavers Guild, the Crosstwisters, UCCE San Bernardino Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers, Redlands Conservancy, Inland Resource Conservation Gardening, and the Valley Prospectors of San Bernardino.

The Brennans, a popular bluegrass family band that was a big hit at the event in 2019, will perform on both days throughout the event. Re-enactor Pico Pistolero, certified scoundrel and snake-oil pitchman, will be demonstrating card games, tricks, and scams.

Jennifer Dickerson, the Museum’s Curator of History said, “We can’t wait for history buffs, families, and other visitors to be able to travel back in time and experience the Old West again right here at the San Bernardino County Museum. Our community partners will help us immerse guests in the rambunctious and lively early history of our region with engaging demonstrations and fun activities.”

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old West Days is included with general admission: $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Pawn Stars’ Mark Hall-Patton Launches 2020 Dome Talks

Pawn Stars’ Mark Hall-Patton Launches 2020 Dome Talks Known as the “Beard of Knowledge,” provides history expertise on popular History Channel series

Mark Hall-Patton, a frequent visiting expert on Pawn Stars and museums administrator for the Clark County Museum, will be the featured speaker at 2020 Dome Talks on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

Hall-Patton, instantly recognizable by his trademark red shirt, wide brim Amish-style hat, and gray beard, has overseen the Clark County Museum, Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum, and Searchlight History Museum for the last 23 years. A native of Santa Ana and graduate of UC Irvine and the University of Delaware, Hall-Patton began his museum career at the Bowers Museum in Orange County and later served at the Anaheim Museum and Orange Community Historical Society.

His appearances on History Channel’s hit series Pawn Stars began in 2009 and he soon attracted fans internationally. On the show his broad knowledge of history and artifacts is used in scenes where featured pawn shop guests are seeking to authenticate items.

Now in its fourth year, the Dome Talks speaker series brings prominent, provocative, and quirky speakers to the region to discuss current books and topical issues. In 2020, these evening discussions are scheduled monthly from January through July.

Future Dome Talks speakers are:

Feb. 19, Sarah Milov, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia, author of The Cigarette: a Political History.

Mar. 24, Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author of Erosion: Essays of Undoing.

Apr. 16, Evan Hilgemann, mechanical engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, “How to Drive a Rover on Mars and Other Necessary Skills for the Itinerant Space Traveler.”

May 21, Marilyn Berlin Snell, author of Unlikely Ally: How the Military Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment.

June 25, Ruth Kassinger, author of Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us.

July 16, Larry Burns, author of Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

All Dome Talks evenings open at 6:30 p.m. for a light reception sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association, Amparo Serrano, and Lorenzi Estate Vineyards and Winery. Presentations start at 7 p.m. and include book sale and signing when applicable. Author’s books are available for sale in the Museum store.

Tickets for individual evenings are $20 each ($16 museum members) and can be purchased online at www.sbcounty.gov/museum or at the door. Full Series Passes for all seven evenings are $130 ($100 museum members). Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as walkups are not guaranteed.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs, including Dome Talks reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Artist Bernard Hoyes works open at the County Museum

San Bernardino County Museum is pleased to present a show of works by artist Bernard Hoyes.  “Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change,” an exhibition of large scale watercolors, speaks to the artist’s experience with the ecological life of the desert. The show opens Sunday, Nov. 17 and runs through March 8, 2020. The exhibit opens with a reception on Nov. 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Hoyes, an artist working in multiple disciplines including performance, painting, watercolor and murals, is a Coachella Valley resident, Jamaican born, African-American, and is primarily recognized as a contemporary painter. His work evolves from a highly intuitive space, capturing spiritual realms on canvas in radiant and brilliant essence. He inspires the viewer to transcend into new dimensions, and regardless of the genre, all of his work has an undercurrent of spirituality. The works in this show reveal a controlled recession of details, plane after plane, allowing the observer to wander into the picture space for a vicarious experience of nature.

Raised into a family rooted in Jamaica’s revivalist church, Hoyes memories of religion and rituals have influenced his artistic productivity throughout his life. His celebration of traditional African religion and spirituality continues to find universal appeal. His work has exhibited at the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles, Riverside Art Museum, Mission Inn Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, and others. His mural projects include a large-scale work on the exterior wall Church of St. Paul’s in downtown Palm Springs, and most recently a mural in Kingston, Jamaica as part of the Kingston Creative’s #PaintTheCity project, to revitalize the downtown. His works are in the private collections of Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Helene Galen, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League, amongst others.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The exhibit and the exhibit opening reception are included with general admission. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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