Co-Creating a Land Acknowledgment at the San Bernardino County Museum is an initiative, in collaboration with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Morongo Band of Mission Indians, to acknowledge the ancestral territory of indigenous peoples, in order to more effectively and authentically connect the public to the Museum’s mission and cultural spaces.

The second award is for Here Comes the Sun: Solar Science and Spirituality, a multidisciplinary, temporary exhibit that presents the science of the Sun and the immense influence the Sun has had on our local culture. Featured in the exhibit is a dramatic floor-to-ceiling projection with footage of “Solarium” provided by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory. The successful run of the exhibit at the Redlands museum continues with the re-opening at the Victor Valley Museum in the Fall of 2022.

The third award is for Inspired by Nature – Why Preservation Matters in Our Modern World. In the museum’s Hall of Biodiversity, the semi-permanent exhibit invites visitors to explore the variety behind what we observe in plants and animals and how humans have been inspired by the natural world to innovate and advance in science.

The fourth award is for Military in the Mojave: An Enduring Legacy of Service in the High Desert, the story of the vast impact the military has had on the High Desert communities and the integral role it has played in the local culture for over eight decades.

The annual National Association of Counties Achievement Award Program honors innovative county government programs throughout the nation. San Bernardino County garnered 82 Achievement Awards this year including four Best in Category and recognized in 16 out of 18 categories, surpassing an all-time high of 60 awards bestowed in 2021. This achievement recognizes the County as receiving the most awards out of any other county nationwide.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other 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.

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