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Faces of the Community

Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016

Explore the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and its neighborhood in Ontario at the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Carlson Gallery. Through individual interviews and drawings, artist Andrea Benitez documented the personal histories, experiences and memories of twenty individuals associated with the church in one of the oldest Hispanic neighborhoods. 

The exhibit is part of Ontario’s 125th Anniversary in 2016, in conjunction with “Heritage at the Square” Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Ontario Town Square, from 3 PM to 7 PM. 

This project was produced with grant support from the Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, in collaboration with the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.              

Founded as a model colony in 1882 by George and William Chaffey, brothers from Brockville, Ontario, Canada, the City of Ontario was created as a model colony. As the Chaffey brothers purchased and developed the land, their continuous efforts to lure new settlers worked and the colony quickly grew. Today, the City of Ontario continues its commitment to creating opportunity and building value in the community. 2016 marks Ontario’s 125th Anniversary since its incorporation on December 10, 1891. Join us as we celebrate a rich history and heritage of community, culture, and commerce, with a year-long celebration of exciting events and programs.

Photo courtesy of Andrea Benitez.

Eighth Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition

Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016

A community favorite, the Eighth Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition features unique artworks by local and regional artists. The award winners from the 2015 Ontario Open Art Exhibition will debut their most recent work in painting, mixed media, photography, drawing, and sculpture.

Yellow Dog by Blue Pool, 2015. Photo courtesy of Linda Garcia-Dahl.

Gem of the Foothills

Permanent Exhibit

This exhibit explores the unique history of Ontario—it’s founding, transitions, people and organizations.

Explore Ontario from its roots beginning with the Native Peoples and Californio Rancheros to its founding by George Chaffey. Discover why it has been called both a “Model Colony” and the “Gem of the Foothills.”

The book, Ontario The Gem of the Foothills by Michael L. Rounds, traces Ontario history from the Native American era to the present day. Many historic images from the museum’s collections are published here for the first time.

This interpretive history about our community is for sale in the museum store.

Road Ways

Permanent Exhibit

This is an interpretive, humanities-based exhibition that examines the impact of the road on American life and culture.

Start by learning about America’s fascination with traveling the open road. Or discover the roots of the road, how people have traveled “roads” long before cars did. Highlights include Ontario’s Euclid Avenue, Holt Boulevard and historic Route 66. Be sure to pick up a road map and travel through the “roadscape” of Ontario and beyond. You’ll find out why Road Ways is the world’s largest exhibit.

Road Ways was developed by the museum with the assistance of humanities scholars, contracted curators and exhibit designers and local advisors. Exhibition development, installation and associated publications were made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding our understanding of the world.

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