The San Bernardino County Museum has announced the opening of a new exhibit entitled "Pulp Culture: A Juicy Tale in the Orange Empire."
The exhibit, which opened on May 19, traces the growth and development of the citrus industry in the region.
"Pulp Culture" is a bilingual journey through one of the most fascinating periods of the county's history, starting in the 19th century and continuing to the present day. It is a story of industry, migrant workers, fruit pests, and a visual culture that became intrinsically tied to the region's citrus groves and packing houses.
This addition to the museum's Hall of History features a community voices station, an interactive packing conveyor belt, art celebrating the citrus culture, and other historical artifacts from the time.
Working with a storytelling group, exhibit curators David Myers, Jennifer Dickerson, Jessika Vazquez, and Tamara Serrao-Leiva were able to weave a multidisciplinary narrative drawing on diverse cultural history and science. The story advisors are experts in their fields and 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.
"It is our team's intention to always try to develop complete stories that are reflective and representative of our entire community," Myers said. "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 San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, off the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military members or seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children aged 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum.