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Voices of San Bernardino

Join Dr. Joyce Hanson at the San Bernardino County Museum on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm. to reminisce about life in the city of San Bernardino in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This free guest lecture is open to the public.

“The history of San Bernardino is like a jigsaw puzzle and each person’s story is a piece of the puzzle,” said Michele Nielsen, museum curator of history. “Do you remember Harlem Springs? Urbita Hot Springs? Chinatown? The Red Light district? These places are gone but not forgotten.”

In her lecture, Hanson will discuss an on-going oral history project to collect as many pieces of that puzzle as possible by interviewing city residents and asking them to share their life experiences and recollections of San Bernardino. This project helps in understanding San Bernardino’s historic development.

Dr. Joyce Hanson, associate professor and public and oral history coordinator at California State University, San Bernardino, received her PhD from the University of Connecticut in 1997. In 1996, she won a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women’s studies for her dissertation work, which was published by the University of Missouri Press in spring 2003 under the title Mary McLeod Bethune and Black Women’s Political Activism. In 1998, Hanson joined the history department at California State University, San Bernardino where she teaches African American History, Women’s History, and 20th Century U.S. History. Dr. Hanson is also the coordinator of the Public and Oral History program.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free. For more information, visit The San Bernardino County Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is (909) 307-2669 ext. 229 or TDD (909) 792-1462.



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