We've been more quiet than usual, but we recently won some awards for our work that we'd love for our county community to know about.
The San Bernardino County Museum won four 2020 Achievement Awards in Arts & Culture category from NACo (National Association of Counties), including the prestigious, only-one-in-the-country BEST IN CATEGORY for our submission “Old West Days: Broadening Myths and Legends to Reflect Authentic Histories." The other awarded projects are for "Pulp Culture: Recognizing the Shared Cultural Legacy of an Inland Empire Industry” ; "Innovative Applications of Technology with Public Anthropology Collections” ; "Biodiversity in our Backyard: Engaging Environmental Education through Storytelling.”
We've also recently been named by our local media:
BEST Museum in Redlands Daily Facts and San Bernardino Sun.
BEST Museum in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
FAVORITE Places for kids to have fun in the Redlands Daily Facts and San Bernardino Sun.
We achieve these accolades with pride and humility, that we are able to maintain a nationally recognized museum that our county residents deserve. Our energetic and creative staff are very grateful to have the support of valuable local nonprofit partners (see tagged below) that have participated in these exhibits and programs, that have led to these awards. Thank you, and happy weekend!
San Bernardino County Regional Parks Old Spanish Trail Association Spanish Town Heritage Foundation Malki Museum Big Bear Valley Historical Society Museum San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society Mission Inn Museum Riverside Historical Society Riverside County Regional Parks & Open Space District Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum Inland Empire Handweavers Guild UCCE Master Gardeners of San Bernardino County UCCE San Bernardino County Master Food Preserver Program Redlands Conservancy Black Voice Foundation Inland Empire Resource Conservation District Valley Prospectors of San Bernardino, Inc. Pico Pistolero and the Snake Pit of Scoundrels Colton Area Museum and Historical Society - Museum Day
As part of the state budget process I am proud to announce my office has advocated for, and acquired $900,000 in funding to maintain and upgrade the Colton Area Museum. Colton Area Museum and Historical Society - Museum Day
This is a little known history of Colton written by my great grandfather, Will. F. Sharp. Will migrated to Colton around 1894 from the Northwest Territories as a North West Mountie and a Buckaroo near Fish Creek, Calgary. He came there via England (1890) he married Minnie Ola Robinson June 1, 1899. Managed the Colton Fruit Exchange till it closed in 1938. He then became Mayor of the town from 1940-1944. Just before this time, he wrote this detailed history of Colton. Here it is from an old timer perspective:
My daughter And I have been living here in Colton about a year, and we want to learn all about this beautiful town.