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Artist Talk with Barbara Gothard who will speak about her visual interpretation, Contradictions - Bringing the Past Forward, honoring the legacy of twenty-three African American homesteaders who settled in the far eastern Mojave Desert in 1910. With Special Guest David Nichols, Mojave National Preserve Archaeologist. Saturday, July 30, 2022. 1pm-4pm General Admission applies. victor Valley Museum. 11873 Apple Valley Rd, Apple Valley.

Contradictions Artist, Barbara Gothard, to Provide Artist Talk

Barbara Gothard, artist of the exhibit Contradictions – Bringing the Past Forward, will be giving an artist talk about the exhibit at the Victor Valley Museum on Saturday, July 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Special guest Mojave Natural Preserve Archaeologist, David Nichols, will be onsite to provide insight on some of the objects discovered in the Mojave Desert occupied by the African American homesteaders.

The exhibit is a research-based multimedia arts and humanities project consisting of mixed media installation works, and interprets the plight of early 20th century African American homesteaders in the Mojave Desert. The series focuses on the homesteaders’ stories and the contradictions of Gothard’s own desert-lived experience.

While searching for information on a different topic, Gothard discovered a Daily Bulletin article by journalist Joe Blackstock, by chance also a County Museum volunteer, about African American homesteaders which included an ad from the 1910 Los Angeles Herald. In response to this 1910 newspaper ad specifically recruiting “colored” homesteaders, 23 families became western settlers in far eastern San Bernardino County. This article became the impetus for Gothard’s project, Contradictions – Bringing the Past Forward.

Contradictions – Bringing the Past Forward is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of National Endowment for the Humanities and is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. The exhibit is proudly sponsored by Loma Linda University Health.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The Victor Valley Museum is located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $5 (adult), $4 (military or senior), and $5 (student or children ages 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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