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Free Third Sunday at the County Museum

The San Bernardino County Museum continues special Third Sunday programming, which features free general admission, family activities, and a presentation by a museum curator, on April 18. This Sunday, free admission is sponsored by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Chris Sagebiel, the museum's curator of geology, will speak on "Fossils, DNA, and Fossil DNA" at 2:00 p.m. Sagebiel, a graduate of the University of Texas, is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside, in the Graduate Group in Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics. He is studying an array of extinct mammals from South America known as astrapotheres, notoungulates, pyrotheres, and litopterns-some similar to rabbits, others camel-like creatures with trunks like elephants. He will discuss his research, radical new ideas that have resulted from DNA studies, and how studying fossils relates to understanding the living world.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum Youth Club invites visitors to explore the world of fossils and paleontologists in "Fossils! Can You Dig It?" Children will get to dig up a "fossil" to take home, piece together some "fossils," and play a fossil game. Sponsored by the Museum Youth Club, these activities are designed for families with children between 3 and 12 years of age. There is a $1.00 program fee per person.

In addition to the museum's permanent displays, visitors will see several special exhibits. In the Fisk Gallery, "Native American Traditions: Hopi Katsinas," features dozens of Katsina (Kachina) dolls from the museum collections, presented in the context of the Hopi tradition and how it compares with traditions of other local, regional, and North American tribes. "Hopi Katsinas" is sponsored in part by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Visitors can also enjoy "Unearthed! Fossils in the museum collections" in the Hall of History and images from the history division archives in "Outdoor Adventures in San Bernardino County" in the Schuiling Gallery.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. The museum's Garden Café will be open for lunch and snacks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, visit or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.


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