San Bernardino County Museum Opens New Exhibit — Pulp Culture: A Juicy Tale in the Orange Empire

By on May 25, 2019

The citrus culture is intrinsic with the history of the Inland Empire and the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum has capitalized on that story with its newest exhibit, “Pulp Culture: A Juicy Tale in the Orange Empire.” The exhibit opened Sunday and it traces the growth and development of the citrus industry in the region.

“Pulp Culture” is a bilingual journey of an industry with migrant workers and fruit pests. The region’s citrus industry became a visual culture known throughout country and beyond that was tied to the region’s citrus groves and packing houses. At one point it was how the region was known.

Exhibit curators David Myers, Jennifer Dickerson, Jessika Vazquez, and Tamara Serrao-Leiva, were able to work with a story-telling group to develop a multidisciplinary narrative drawing on diverse cultural history and science. The story advisors field experts included Steven Moreno-Terrill and Megan Suster from California Citrus State Historic Park; educators Tom and Lily Rivera; members of the Cultural Resources Management Department at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; and Genevieve Preston, from San Bernardino County Archives.

Myers who is the curator of Visitor Engagement & Exhibits at the SBC Museum said “It is our team’s intention to always try to develop complete stories that are reflective and representative of our entire community. Pulp Culture was designed around this idea, that people who worked in, and developed the citrus industry and culture should have the opportunity to tell their own history. In this exhibit, visitors can listen to the memories of people who were employed in the citrus industry and who contributed to the shared citrus culture, and can record their own personal citrus stories in our community voices station.”

The SBC Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. General admission to the museum is: $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students with identification, and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for recognized holidays. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free. For additional information visit the museum at: www.sbcounty.gov/museum or by calling: 909-798-8605.