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County Museum open on Veterans Day

veteransThe San Bernardino County Museum, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on Monday, November 11 to recognize Veterans Day. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and regular museum admission fees apply.

The museum houses displays that invite visitors to explore the cultural and natural history of inland Southern California and the southwest. In addition to exhibits of regional archaeology and anthropology, history, geology, paleontology, and natural sciences, there are sculptures, displays, and gardens outside the museum, along with picnic areas for visitors. A new special exhibit, “Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio, 1897 to 1924” will be open in the museum’s Crossroads gallery.

“Each year, we celebrate Veterans Day to honor and thank living veterans of our country’s Armed Forces,” said Michele Nielsen, the museum’s curator of history. “This traditional celebration began as Armistice Day, and was officially deemed Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.”

“Today, many of us have a family member, a friend, business associate, or neighbor who is a veteran,” continued Nielsen. “Veterans Day is a great opportunity to not only thank them for what they have done, but to ask them about their story. Their stories are a part of our history as a nation, and their experiences and contributions are important.”

Information and ideas about how you can become involved or attend a Veterans Day ceremony can be found on the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs website: . The County of San Bernardino Department of Veterans Affairs offers services and resources for veterans and their families. More information is available at:

New flooring, new exhibits, new activities at County Museum

mammal hall

Final touches are being made to the new flooring in the Life in the Air galleries, the Mammal Hall and connecting ramps at the County Museum.

Portraits and Views Martinez baby

The opening night party and exhibit preview for “Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio 1897–1924” is November 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The preview party is open to the public without charge, but reservations are requested:

Tipper and Muriel 1905

The museum’s education division will present “Do Canids have Canines” on Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This “dog day at the museum” includes tips on selecting family pets, a chance to meet greyhounds from GreySave, discussions about the care and training of family dogs, talks about wild canids such as wolves and coyotes, and dog-related crafts and activities for children and families. All activities are included with paid museum admission.

ShakeOut a success in San Bernardino County


The October 17, 2013 Great ShakeOut was a success in San Bernardino County with 620,412 participants from all sectors including government, school districts, healthcare facilities, nonprofit organizations and local families.

The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide drill performed to increase awareness of earthquakes and help prepare in the event of a disaster.

All San Bernardino County departments participated in the drop, cover and hold on exercise. Some departments followed that exercise with a fire following an earthquake drill and evacuation.

The County Museum held special events the day of the ShakeOut with hundreds of adults and children from nearby schools learning about the impact of earthquakes. The 2014 Great California ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014.


Dog Day at the County Museum



The County Museum’s education division will host “Do Canids have Canines: Dog Day at the Museum” on Saturday, November 9. Activities, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are included with paid museum admission.

“Dogs fascinate us,” said Jolene Redvale, museum curator of education. “From the wildness of wolves to the dedication of domestic dogs, they really draw us in.”

The event, supported by various community organizations, will introduce visitors to the canine family—wolves, coyotes, hyenas, foxes, and Rover—and will explore the nature of being a canine.

“Dogs are amazingly diverse. Some, like the coyote, have figured out how to take advantage of human activity and habitats. Others, like the gray wolf, have suffered the effects of discrimination against predators for hundreds of years. Yet, they still hang on,” said Redvale.

Visitors will encounter rescued greyhounds from GreySave. Visitors can also witness basic obedience training, and learn the benefits of training, vaccinations, and altering. Staff will offer visitors ideas for selecting the best dog for their family, and how to care for a pet they select. Elliot’s Pet Emporium in San Bernardino will offer a coupon for free bag of dog treats at their store on E Street.

In addition, visitors can create a stuffed calico dog, and make dog figures from clay. Gallery talks on the Canidae family will take place throughout the day. Visitors will also enjoy some good storytime adventures, including those of Biscuit the Puppy and old Coyote. All activities are free with paid museum admission, and are appropriate for visitors of all ages.

“The best part of an event like this is seeing our visitors have fun together,” said Redvale. “At the Museum, there is something for everybody!”

Fall into fun at the County Museum

fall leafThe third “Fall into Fun” series of family programs at the County Museum will be held on Saturday, October 19.

The theme for Saturday is “California Indian toys and tools,” and will include arts and crafts activities and storytelling. The festivities run from noon to 4 p.m. and are included with paid Museum admission.

“Fall Into Fun days are designed to engage families in fun learning activities,” said Jolene Redvale, the museum’s curator of education. “Our theme of California Indians invites exploration into cultures and the relationship of cultural traditions to the natural environment.”

Also scheduled in the series is a day for the dogs, “Do Canids Have Canines?” on November 9

Visitors can also help support education programs at the museum with the purchase of a reusable, durable, decorate-it-yourself canvas bag. The bags can be purchased at the Museum Store for $5 and customized with drawings, color, and stencils at education division activity tables.


Want to learn about earthquakes?

ShakeOut_Global_DontFreak_120x90Senior Curator of Geological Sciences Kathleen Springer will lecture on “The Great California ShakeOut: How Natural Hazard Science Creates Resilient Societies” on Sunday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the County Museum. The program is included with paid museum admission.

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