Coming Soon

Workshop: Mount Baldy in a snow globe 

                                                                    Dec. 12, noon to 2 p.m.
Bring your friends and family to create your very own snow globe of your winter adventures!

We will share stories of Mount San Antonio and learn what a gift it is to have this neighboring mountain in our landscape. Warm treats and supplies provided.  Information:  (909) 395-2510.

Miriam Valle-Mancilla new
Museum education curator 


Miriam Valle-Mancilla

has become the Curator

of Education for the

Ontario Museum of

History & Art after

spending much of her

education on the far

side of the continent.


As the new Curator of

Education, she oversees

public education programs for the museum’s

audiences, both young and old. 


Miriam, a graduate of Ramona High School in Riverside, traveled about as far away as you can in the United States when she spent her college years at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 


It was there she began her museum career at the Colby College Museum of Art, both as a student and later as the Assistant for Access & Outreach and finally the inaugural Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of Academic Access.  


These positions prepared her well for her new position in Ontario collaborating with student groups, docents, faculty, and campus and community organizations to put on events using art and exhibitions to foster dialogue across social issues and a range of interdisciplinary topics.


Miriam, who has shown herself as an extremely enthusiastic staff member, joined

the staff of the Ontario Museum of History & Art in June.


“I am looking forward to meeting the

variety of audiences that seek arts and culture in their town and those who may be struggling in finding a way to connect with art,” she explained.  “Accepting this position felt important to me to inspire others to

include art in their lives and find ways to connect their experiences with others and learn about other’s histories.” 


Her tasks will be to plan and coordinate school tours, create educator and craft workshops and put on programs to engage the community’s rich diversity. She will also work on promoting the museum through various media and the city’s Ontario Living Magazine.


“I’m looking forward to partnering with regional school districts and educators to integrate core curriculum standards to the museum’s exhibit

programs and installations,” she said. “Lastly, I’m eager to learn from and build a diverse

and engaging team of volunteer docents.” 

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Recollections of pioneer women exhibit opens


An exhibition illuminating the headships, joys and lives of pioneer women in California has opened at the Ontario Museum of History & Art. 


The exhibit, “Her Side of the Story: Tales of California Pioneer Women,” will run through Jan. 16.  It features 30 first-person accounts collected from women who traveled by land or sea to settle in California in the years before 1854. 


These recollections have been preserved following the formation of the organization, Pioneer Women of California, which collected and preserved the reminiscences of women who arrived in California before 1854. 


The group was formed following publishing of a letter in a San Francisco newspaper during the California Golden Jubilee in 1900. The letter asked why “no provisions had been made from pioneer mothers” in the celebration. 


The ensuing collection of documents by the Pioneer Women group was filled with 800 handwritten stories of California pioneer women which have become the basis for the museum’s exhibition.  


It also includes a collection of 40 diverse portraits of unidentified women. They represent the thousands of pioneers whose stories were never recorded.  Each one had a story lost in time.  


In addition to the museum exhibit, teachers, historians and researchers may now use this online resource to access the pioneer women’s recollections and to search through the digital transcriptions of each story.  


The exhibit is made possible through Exhibit Envoy, which provides traveling exhibits and professional services to museums in  California.


Admission to the museum is free. It is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.   It will be closed the weekends of Christmas and New Year’s. 


More information is available at