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Society of Photo-Realists Exhibit

Thursday, August 17, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Museum is showcasing the artwork of six members from the Society of Photo-Realists. These artists strive to be more realistic than photographs by executing the “impossible”. Visitors will experience works of art in color pencil, watercolor, and oil that evoke emotion, storytelling, and beauty through fine detail and artistic creativity. Free admission. For more information call (909) 395-2510.

Dragonfly, photo courtesy of Janet Lea Castro.

Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel

Thursday, July 6, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017

Explore how woodcuts, engravings, comic strips, and graphic novels are part of a long tradition of storytelling. The works in Beyond Words are from the Rare Book Collection and the Comic Art Collection in the Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books at the University of Missouri Libraries. Free admission. For more information call (909) 395-2510.

Famous Funnies, c. 1936; 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, ink on paper; Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries, Special Collections.

Express, Explore, Experience: A Dynamic Display of Armstrong Community Center Artists

Thursday, June 8, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017

Explore the artwork of local residents and artists created in art classes at the City of Ontario’s Armstrong Community Center. Artwork will include selections from courses in ceramics, painting, copper enameling, quilting and stained glass. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the Armstrong Community Center. Free admission. For more information call (909) 395-2510.




The Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates Present: The Ontario Open Art Exhibition

Thursday, April 20, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017

Exhibit Dates: Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, June 4, 2017

The 9th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition features a fantastic array of art from talented artists in the region. Sponsored by the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates, this juried exhibition is one of the Museum’s most anticipated by artists and the community.


Eligibility: Artists of any age are eligible. Artworks must be the original creation by the artist, created between 2016 & 2017.

Entry Fees: Each participant may submit a maximum of two artworks. Diptychs are considered two pieces. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Museum Members: $25 per single entry, $40 for two entries

Non-Members: $35 per single entry, $60 for two entries

Artwork drop-off dates:

Friday, March 31, 2017 (1 PM to 3:30 PM)

Saturday, April 1, 2017 (9 AM to 3 PM)

Award Levels: First Place $500; Second Place $300; Third Place $200; Honorable Mention $75 (up to 4). Ontario Open Art Exhibition award winners will be invited to showcase a body of their artwork in the 2018 Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition.

For more information or to download an official entry form visit or call (909) 395-2510.

Sheets, Sheets, and Caughman Art for Living and Living for Art: Art that Works

Thursday, February 2, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 through Sunday March 26, 2017
Explore the commercial work of Millard Sheets, Tony Sheets, and Rick Caughman. Learn about their creative art process and the creation of art work for a living. The two companion exhibits are jointly held at the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the neighboring Chaffey Community Museum of Art, located at 217 S. Lemon Street, Ontario, CA, 91762.  For more information call (909) 395-2510.


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Día de los Muertos: Seasons of Life

Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Sunday, November 13, 2016

Día de los Muertos: Seasons of Life

Thursday, October 6, 2016 through Sunday, November 13, 2016

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) emphasizes remembrance of past lives and a celebration of the continuity of life. It is a tradition with roots to Mexico’s oldest civilizations. Explore Día de los Muertos through the artwork of local artists at our annual exhibition showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ofrendas (altars), and the winners from the city-wide Mask Making Contest!  Free Admission.

Photo is courtesy of Ontario Museum of History & Art.

Mother Road Revisited: Route Sixty-Six Then and Now

Thursday, July 28, 2016 to Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mother Road Revisited: Route Sixty-Six Then and Now

Thursday, July 28, 2016 through Sunday, September 18, 2016

U.S. Route 66 was one of the first official highways. Established in 1926, the highway connected Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. Explore the idea of travel and American culture through interactive photography. Photographs taken in the 1950s and 1960s along Route 66 are paired with contemporary photographs by Natalie Slater, from the exact same location and vantage point. Free Admission.

©Natalie Slater. Exhibition is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.  Photo is courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Mother Road Revisited


Thursday, December 1, 2016 to Sunday, January 22, 2017


Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Modern quilt movement is nearly a decade old and its proponents are a fast growing segment of the quilting population*. Modern quilting began as an online community in the early 2000s and quickly grew into an international movement of like-minded sewists who make quilts that are primarily functional (as opposed to quilts made primarily as “art”). Inspired by modern design, the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive use of negative space, and alternate grid work are key elements of this style. Most of these characteristics are not found in “Traditional” quilt design, the formal, pattern-based repetitive blocks of printed fabric set in rows, with an emphasis on construction precision, practiced by most quilters in the 20th Century. This tension between classic, traditional and modern quilt design has lessened in recent years as modern quilters consider traditional patterns in new and exciting ways. This "Modern Traditionalism", the redesign of classic quilt designs, is what we will explore in an exhibit of 40 + juried quilts from U.S. and International quilters.  Photo courtesy of Georganna Hawley.

For more information on how to submit your quilt for consideration, contact Guest Curator, Georganna Hawley at  The deadline for entries is 3 PM PST August 15, 2016.  For more information call (909) 395-2510.

*According to a 2014 Quilting in America™ survey, there were 16 million active quilters in the U.S., 35% which enjoyed making quilts with Modern aesthetics.


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.

Cloth Dolls Tell Their Stories

Thursday, December 3, 2015 to Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cloth Dolls Tell Their Stories showcases artists exploring remembrance, heritage and celebration through cloth dolls. Traditionally, dolls were created to represent a miniature human form, often used as children’s toys. These artists are transforming the meaning of the plaything by pouring tales and imagination into each doll while emphasizing the fun and whimsical.

Día de los Muertos: Sharing Traditions

Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Sunday, November 8, 2015

October 1, 2015 – November 8, 2015 
Explore Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a vibrant celebration of life and loved ones, through our annual exhibition showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and ofrendas (altars). Admission is free. 

Artist Reception 
Día de los Muertos: Sharing Traditions Saturday, October 3, 2015 (1 PM to 3 PM) 
Meet the artists, enjoy live music, and participate in a drop-in art workshop. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965

Thursday, June 18, 2015 to Sunday, August 9, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015 through Sunday, August 9, 2015 
Explore the ways that Americans experienced the atomic threat as part of their daily lives – at school, in the home, and even at play with more than 75 original objects from the era, as well as large-scale graphics, radio broadcasts, and film. 

For more information please call (909) 395-2510

Ontario Open Art Exhibition

Thursday, April 16, 2015 to Monday, May 25, 2015

Museum of History and Art, Ontario Associates present the Eighth Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition. The exhibit runs Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, May 24, 2015. This juried exhibition features artwork in a variety of media by dozens of local and regional artists. The exhibition juror will be Rebecca Trawick the Director/Curator at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, located on the campus of Chaffey College. Since 2012 Trawick has served as a Founding Board Member and Secretary for Arts Connection: The Arts Council of San Bernardino County. Trawick served as juror at the 2014 National Orange Show Exhibition, the 2012 43rd Annual Student Exhibition at RAFFMA, CSUSB; and Chaffey College Temporary Art Park in 2008. 


Thursday, January 8, 2015 to Sunday, March 8, 2015

“Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight” chronicles the story of African Americans who, despite facing racial barriers, attained great achievements in the world of aviation. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum presents this story of a powerful group of aviation proponents that emerged to challenge racial obstacles and create their own legacy in the world of flight. Some of the most important figures both past and present are chronicled in this exhibition. From Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to receive her pilot’s license, to Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to fly in space, “Black Wings” retells the stories of African Americans who dreamed of flight, left their mark and helped pave the way for those who would follow. 

Exhibit Opening Reception & Film Screening 
Friday, January 9, 2015 
(4 PM to 5 PM) VIP and Members Only Reception 
(5 to 6:30 PM) Public Reception and Film Viewing 
Limited seating; for reservations call (909) 395-2510 

Pioneers in Flight: Breaking Barriers 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (5:30 PM – 7:00 PM) 
Limited seating; for reservations call (909) 395-2510 

The People Could Fly: A Writing Workshop Celebrating Black Wings 
Sunday, February 22, 2015 (2 PM to 3:30 PM) 
Limited seating; for reservations call (909) 395-2510 

Aviation Family Discovery Day 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 (12 PM to 4 PM) 
Free admission, no reservations required. 


Thursday, October 2, 2014 to Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Day of the Dead exhibition celebrating “remembrance” – Not just a Mexican or Hispanic event, cultures worldwide now honor ancestors during this time of the year, as does the Museum of History and Art, Ontario, with its large-scale annual exhibitions and events. Colorful, thought-provoking, sometimes irreverent, and always entertaining, this year’s El Día de Los Muertos exhibition again showcases contemporary talents expressing their personal beliefs about life and death through painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and altar installations.


Reception for the El Día de Los Muertos Artists 
Saturday, October 4, 2014 (1 PM to 3 PM) 
Open to the public, free admission 

El Día de Los Muertos Family Discovery Day 
Saturday, November 1, 2014 (12 to 4 PM) 
Free to the public 
Celebrate the cultural holiday, El Día de Los Muertos in this fun Family Discovery Day program. This event to include: artist-led workshops, storytelling and hands-on art stations throughout the Museum. Remember loved-ones and share in this artistic and cultural family event. For more information call (909) 395-2510. 

Neighborhood Open House & El Día de Los Muertos Closing Reception 
Thursday, November 13, 2014 (5 PM to 6:45 PM) 
Join us as we welcome neighbors and members of the community to experience the offerings of both the Museum of History and Art, Ontario, and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art (CCMA). Docents will be available for your cultural enjoyment during the open house! At 7 PM, artist Karen Carlson will be featured as part of CCMA’s Second Thursday program.


Thursday, June 26, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014

An installation of new paintings by Rebecca Hamm presenting themes of survival and transcendence. Hamm’s paintings depict local landscapes in flux. They are snapshots of the constantly shifting environment in response to both natural and manmade pressures. Wild Transcendence is a display that expresses states of ever-changing natural environments.                                                                                                       

Opening Exhibits and Artist Reception – Saturday, June 28, 2014 (3 PM to 5 PM)

Wild Inspiration Painting Workshop with Rebecca Hamm 
Saturday, July 12, 2014 (10:30 AM to 12:30 PM) 
Limited seating; reservations required (909) 395-2510


Thursday, June 26, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014

Thirteen of California’s foremost environmental artists collaborate to communicate a heightened connection to their natural surroundings through rich imagery using a variety of media from painting and video to unconventional forms, such as smog particulate matter applied to porcelain. Together, their approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on art, science, spirituality, and social justice. 

Opening Exhibits and Artist Reception – Saturday, June 28, 2014 (3 PM to 5 PM)       

Robert Perry presents “Reinventing the Residential Garden” 
Saturday, July 26, 2014 (10 AM to 12 PM) 
Limited seating outdoors; reservations required (909) 395-2510 

Sant Khalsa presents “A River Runs Through Me” 
Thursday, July 31, 2014 
6:30 PM galleries open/light refreshments 
7 PM presentation 
Limited seating; reservations required (909) 395-2510


Thursday, April 10, 2014 to Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Museum of History and Art, Ontario, Associates is presenting its seventh biennial “Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition,” a collection of contemporary artwork by local and regional artists. “Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition” features artwork by eight artists: Andrea Benitez, Mirla Bernasconi, Leslie A. Brown, Rick Cummings, Keith Klingonsmith, Joe Milazzo, Tony Radcliffe and David Rosales. 

Artists’ Reception – Saturday, April 12, 2014 (1 to 3:30 PM) 

An Evening of Poetry with Cindy Rinne– Thursday, April 24, 2014 (6:30 to 8 PM); Reservations required, please call (909) 395-2510 

Illustrated Lecture with Daniel Foster – Saturday, May 10, 2014 (1:30 to 3:30 PM) 
Reservations required, please call (909) 395-2510


Saturday, February 1, 2014

John S. Armstrong lived until a few months before his one-hundredth birthday in 1965. Arriving in the Model Colony of Ontario, California in 1889 with only twenty-three dollars to his name, Armstrong eventually created an enterprise that tapped into California’s bountiful landscape, established him as world famous nurseryman, and earned Ontario international recognition. 

Opening Reception and Program – Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (6 PM) Jack E. Christensen, one of Armstrong's award-winning hybridizers and well-known newspaper columnist will present The Armstrong Legacy beginning at 7 PM. 

Chinese New Year Family Discovery Day

Saturday, February 1, 2014

from noon to 4 PM celebrating the YEAR OF THE HORSE!  This cultural holiday is celebrated through participation in artist-led workshops, storytelling, and hands-on arts and craft stations throughout the museum. Calligraphy Workshop is with Cheng Chao Hung. Storytelling is performed by master storyteller Karen Rae Kraut and horses on parade workshop led by artist Jessica Cruz.  Horses will be paraded through the museum property following the workshop!                                   


Thursday, December 5, 2013 to Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mexico possess a rich history of popular art that reaches more than 2,000 years into the past and continues today in villages, towns and cities through the country.  This exhibit celebrates this enduring legacy through twenty-two examples of folk art, including ceramics, metalwork, paintings, paper art and sculpture.

Carnaval – Saturday, March 1, 2014 (1:00 to 3:30 PM)  Kick off this season with a taste of Mexico’s heritage.  Bring your family, invite your friends and enjoy the museum’s free mini Mardi Gras with exuberant traditional entertainment by Sinfonia Mexicana – Mariachi Youth Academy, spicy refreshments and family oriented festivities.


Thursday, December 5, 2013 to Sunday, January 12, 2014

In the spirit which John Muir embraced the botanical world, “Nature’s Beloved Son” traces his travels to Canada, Indiana, the southeast, California and Alaska and presents vivid images and specimens of the actual plants that Muir held in his hands, carried in his pockets, and preserved for all time. Through the beauty of botany we ask ourselves how nature might inspire us as it did John Muir so profoundly and reflect on the status of the biodiversity of plants in today’s world. 

Family Nature Walk –
 Thursday, December 12, 2013 (beginning at 3:30 PM with refreshments) 
Walk from the Ovitt Family Community Library to the Museum with City of Ontario Arborist Adrian Escamilla 
Film Presentation: John Muir in the New World– Thursday, January 9, 2014 
(Reception 6:30 PM/Film 7 PM) 
Discussion with Pomona College Professor Char Miller


Thursday, October 3, 2013 to Sunday, November 3, 2013

This cultural experience explores the personal and artistic representation of local and regional artists as they celebrate the traditional holiday, El Día de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead. Contemporary artists produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional installation altar pieces and interpretative art works remembering loved ones who have passed away sharing their lives through their personal artistic talents. 

Artist Reception – Saturday, October 5, 2013 (1:30 to 3:30 PM) 
Meet the talented artists featured in the exhibition. 
El Día de Los Muertos Family Discovery Day – Saturday, October 26, 2013 (12 to 4 PM) 
Explore the history and meaning of the festive holiday and express yourself in hands-on learning stations and artist led workshops.

SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: Benjamin, Davenport Ford, Svenson and Zornes

Thursday, July 11, 2013 to Sunday, September 8, 2013

Art pieces from the museum’s permanent collection featuring regional artists Karl Benjamin, Betty Davenport Ford, John Svenson and Milford Zornes.


Thursday, July 11, 2013 to Sunday, August 25, 2013

Popular songs about the State of California, dating from the Gold Rush through the vaudeville era, are celebrated in this exhibit which spotlights graphically striking sheet-music covers published from 1849 through the 1930s, along with other printed memorabilia relating to California and its early musical life. Developed by The Society of California Pioneers and toured by Exhibit Envoy, the exhibit is drawn from two exceptional archives: the Frederick Sherman Music Collection of the Society of California Pioneers and the private collection of James M. Keller, the exhibit’s curator. 

Free Family Program: Enjoy a screening of the classic MGM musical Singin In the Rain, featuring music inspired by the time-period covered by “Singing the Golden State”. Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Renyolds. Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 2 PM in the Fay Dastrup-Hamill Historic Council Chambers at the Museum of History and Art, Ontario. Movie snacks available. Please contact the museum at (909) 395-2510 for more information.


Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Ontario Open is a biennial open call for local and regional artwork presented in a community exhibition. A feast for the eyes, various media will be on display featuring: painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mixed media and much more! Organized and presented by the Museum of History and Art, Ontario Associates. To learn more about entering this exhibit, please contact the museum at (909) 395-2510.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 to Sunday, April 7, 2013

Featuring foods and tools important in the lives of Native Californians, including fish, shellfish, meat, vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, nuts, seeds and salt, this delicious look at Native foods is based on the 2008 Heyday Books publication of the same name by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley. Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast was developed by the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House in Ukiah, CA, in partnership with Heyday Books and toured by Exhibit Envoy.

Free Family Program

Saturday, February 9, 2013

CHINESE NEW YEAR FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY from noon to 4pm is in collaboration with Pomona Valley Chinese Association and the Ovitt Family Community Library. This cultural holiday, the Year of the Snake, is celebrated through participation in artist-led workshops, storytelling, and hands-on arts and craft stations throughout the museum. Traditional Chinese musical performance is by Brian Chan, Kenneth Chan, Shean Chang, and Kimaley Tay. Calligraphy Workshop is with Cheng Chao Hung. Storytelling is performed by master storyteller Karen Rae Kraut. The colorfully cacophonous Children’s Lion Parade is a grand walking tour of the museum property.


Thursday, December 6, 2012 to Sunday, January 27, 2013

Organized by guest curator, Theresa Polley-Shellcroft, this exhibition features current quilt trends and historical quilts from the Inland Empire communities. The quilts are exemplified by traditional patterns and contemporary artistic interpretations of the medium. Public events include a tea & tour and a hands-on quilting workshop led by Theresa Polley-Shellcroft.


Friday, October 12, 2012 to Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life (El Día de Los Muertos: Una Celebraci?n de La Vida) features more than 20 Southern California artists, many of them repeat participants in the popular annual exhibition, interpreting their own highly personal views of life and death in a diverse array of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and altar installations. 

DAY OF THE DEAD MASK MAKING CONTEST is first-time collaboration amongst intercity departments. The public was invited to visit the nearest Ontario Library or Community Center to make your own mask. Entries in three divisions were be due at those locations by October 29: Youth (6-12), Teen (13-18), Adult (19 or older). Two winners from each division were invited to a reception and slide show held at the museum on Thursday, November 1, from 6 PM to 7 PM. The winning masks are be included in the museum exhibit through November 11. 
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY from noon to 4pm on Saturday, November 3, is an anticipated free event for children and adults alike. The cultural holiday is celebrated through participation in artist-led workshops, storytelling, and hands-on arts and craft stations throughout the museum.


Thursday, July 12, 2012 to Sunday, September 23, 2012

“Lasting Light: 125 years of Grand Canyon Photography” is a traveling Smithsonian exhibition exploring nearly 125 years of photographic history in one of the most spectacular and challenging places on Earth, including 60 stunning contemporary color images from 26 photographers selected by representatives from Eastman Kodak and National Geographic, accompanied by their personal remarks and observations. 
Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography was created by the Grand Canyon Association and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). 

Free Family Program: Individuals and families are invited to share their own favorite Grand Canyon photograph with the public. Bring one photograph (hardcopy, CD or flash drive) to the Museum on Friday, July 13 or Saturday, July 14, 2012 between noon and 4 p.m. Photographs will then be shown at an old-fashioned ice cream social on Friday evening, August 31, 2012, starting at 7:00 p.m.


Friday, March 23, 2012 to Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Museum of History and Art, Ontario, Associates is pleased to present its sixth biennial “Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition,” a collection of new artwork by local and regional artists. On view from March 23 through May 27, 2012, “Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition” features artwork by artists: John Harris, Anita Hunt, Keith Klingonsmith, Eric Myles, David Rosales, Froukje Schaafsma-Smith, Tim Stark, Karla Trujillo, Twyla Wardell and Jerry Weems. These artists were selected from the pool of over 100 artists who exhibited in the museum’s juried “2011 Ontario Open Exhibition.” The “2011 Ontario Open Exhibition” was adjudicated by Sant Khalsa, artist/activist, professor and Chair of the Department of Art at California State University, San Bernardino.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011 to Sunday, February 26, 2012

Two centuries of stories and traditions are preserved in The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories, an exhibition developed with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the White House Historical Association. Archival and contemporary images, videos, as well as fascinating oral histories of workers who have served presidents from William Taft through Barack Obama convey the occupational culture of this private yet public place. "The Working White House" was developed and supported by the White House Historical Association with assistance from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The exhibit was organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Call for information on special holiday hours: (909) 395-2510.


Sunday, September 25, 2011 to Sunday, October 30, 2011

This Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) showcase is a multi-faceted exhibition about the largest guest worker program in U.S. history, including both the exploitation and opportunity it brought to millions of Mexican nationals, examined through powerful photographs by Leonard Nadel, explanatory text, and audio excerpts from bracero oral histories.

Spirited: Prohibition in America

Saturday, November 28, 2015 to Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Prohibition, Detroit, 1919, black-and-white photograph, courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.

North Wing Gallery Exhibit

Spirited explores the history of Prohibition, from the dawn of the temperance movement to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment in 1933. What made the country go “dry” and how did America change during this period in history? Admission is free.

This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Spirited: Prohibition in America is based on the exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA, in collaboration with Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

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