By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– “Over Here, Over There: In Times of War” arrives at the Victor Valley Museum with a special opening night Friday May 26, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. The exhibit, drawn from the collections of the San Bernardino County Museum, 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.
The opening night event will include the participation of the Orenda Veterans Project, an organization that provides assistance to veterans. The organization will be showcasing a collection of military vehicles including Troop Transports and an H1 Hummer.
“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. The exhibit originated at our Redlands museum, and we were interested to observe how the artifacts stimulated moving conversations amongst our visitors, who were either learning about these wartime experiences for the first time, or who were reminiscing about their experiences, sometimes for the first time with their families and our staff. It’s touching and powerful that the museum is able to bring these valuable social interactions to our visitors.”
Admission to the exhibit opening on Friday, May 26, 5:30pm – 7pm is $5 (adult), $4 (senior), $2.50 (child aged 5 to 12), children under 5 and museum members are free. Active military and veterans attending the opening are free that evening, underwritten by the San Bernardino County Museum Association.
“Over Here, Over There: In Times of War,” 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 Victor Valley Museum is at 11873 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior/military), $2.50 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.