San Bernardino County Museum Announces 2020 Dome Talks Lineup

By on November 24, 2019
San Bernardino County Museum

If you’re looking to stay abreast of the relevant topics of the past, present, and future in the Inland Empire, you should plan to attend the seven Dome Talks at the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum. Dome Talks feature evening discussions with authors and thought leaders across a continuum of topics including provocative, timely, science-related, and even quirky issues affecting the lives of Californians.

The 2020 Dome Talks at the SBC Museum include:

  • Thursday, Jan. 16 Mark Hall Patton, recurring visiting expert, Pawn Stars

With 23 years as the Museums Administrator for the Clark County (NV) museum system, Hall oversees the Clark County Museum, Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum and the Searchlight History Museum. However, he’s best known as a visiting expert of the History Channel’s series, Pawn Stars.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 Sarah Milov, Author, The Cigarette: A Political History

Milov’s 2019 book on cigarettes follows the story of tobacco from the enduring myths from Jamestown to the iconic Marlboro Man. She explores how organized interest groups and everyday Americans influence government policy.

  • Tuesday, March 24 Terry Tempest Williams, Author, Erosion: Essays of Undoing

Currently a Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School, Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer” speaking out on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. She will be discussing new 2019 book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing.

  • Thursday, April 16 Evan Hilgemann, Mechanical Engineer, JPL, NASA

Who else could speak on, “How to Drive a Rover on Mars and Other Necessary Skills for the Itinerant Space Traveler?” Hilgemann divides his time between operating Mars rover Curiosity and developing novel robotic methods to explore icy moons in the outer solar system.

  • Thursday, May 21 Marilyn Berlin Snell, Author, Unlikely Ally: How the Military

Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment

In conversation with Lillian Vasquez, KVCR host of Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez Snell examines the military bases in Southern California that have taken a comprehensive approach in renewable energy innovation and the preservation of cultural and national treasures.

  • Thursday, June 25 Ruth Kassinger, Author, Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us

and Just Might Save Us

Tracing the story of algae, Kassinger examines how algae created Earth as we know it. Combining science and history, she takes readers around-the-world, behind-the-scenes and into-the-kitchen touring her subject.

  • Thursday, July 16 Larry Burns, Author, Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the

Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

An English teacher at Riverside City College, Burns reveals the wacky history of the beloved Inland Empire. His 2019 book features the sights, sounds, people and places of the region and offers answers for some compelling, and totally unusual, questions.

For additional information on the 2020 Dome Talks, including fees for the full series of seven or the option to purchase them individually, go to: Doors open for each “talk” at 6:30 p.m. and speakers begin a t 7 p.m.

The SBC Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The facility is handicapped assessable and parking is free. For additional information contact the museum at: or call them at: 909-798-8608.