Event date: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2004
Event place: Redlands CA
MUSEUM DIRECTOR UNSCRAMBLES EGGS
Robert McKernan, director of the San Bernardino County Museum,
will give an informal gallery talk on the museum’s egg
collections at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11. The presentation
is free with museum general admission.
The presentation is part of the continuing monthly series
of gallery talks by museum professional staff to provide visitors
with more insight about specific exhibits and collections
in the museum.
The county museum has the fifth largest egg collection in
the world. Tens of thousands of eggs are housed in environmentally-controlled
storage, and hundreds are on exhibit in the Land Bird and
Water Bird Halls in the Redlands museum. Using these collections,
McKernan will explain the critically important environmental
information that scientists can learn from the study of egg
shells and the importance of ornithological and natural history
collections and how these collections further our knowledge
of our natural heritage. He will also discuss the history
of egg collecting over the past century and talk about the
late Wilson C. Hanna of Colton, who made substantial contributions
both to the science of oology and to the development of the
museum egg collections.
Robert McKernan has been director of the San Bernardino County
Museum since 2001. Prior to that time, he served as interim
director and as Curator of Biological Sciences. McKernan,
before employment at the museum, worked as an ornithologist
at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
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. General admission is $6
(adult), $5 (senior or student) and $4 (child aged 5-12). Children
under 5 and members of the Museum Association are admitted free.
Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible.
For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org
or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462