By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– “Over Here, Over There: In Times of War” and “Tuskegee Airmen and the Great Western Migration, 1940–1970” opened at the San Bernardino County Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The exhibits commemorate Military Family month, which occurs each November. During the month, the San Bernardino County Museum Association is underwriting admission for all active members of the military and their families who will be admitted to the museum for free.
“Over Here, Over There: In Times of War” explores the shared experiences of war, both on the front lines and on the U. S. home front. Military uniforms and equipment from the American Civil War to the start of the Cold War along with civilian personal effects and letters from the same periods of time help illustrate how times of war affect players, both at home and on the front lines. Museum visitors are invited to share their own and family stories about these times of conflict and community.
“Tuskegee Airmen and the Great Western Migration, 1940–1970” is a traveling exhibit curated by Bergis Jules at the Library Archives, University of California, Riverside. The exhibit focuses on an aspect of the Tuskegee Airmen, a corps of African-American military fighter and bomber pilots who fought in WWII. More than 40 percent of southern-born African-American veterans lived outside the southern states in 1971, and many of them ended up in California, Washington, and Oregon. This migration is one of the most pivotal moments in African-American history.
“Civilian and soldier alike have shared in their experience of war,” said Jennifer Dickerson, the museum’s curator of history, “each sacrificing something for their country and both giving something to a greater cause, thereby influencing change within their communities and in the nation.”
According to museum director, Melissa Russo, “participation in our country’s wartime efforts is a defining aspect of this region. We are proud and grateful to partner with our museum association in commemorating Military Family Month and honor the sacrifices of our community members by encouraging our military families to visit the museum in November as our guests.”
“Over Here, Over There,” and “Tuskegee Airmen,” 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 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. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). November 1-30 active military and their families are free (with ID). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.