Happy 150th


San Bernardino County’s Sesquicentennial

Founded in 1853, San Bernardino County marks its 150th anniversary in 2003. One of the very first county officials was the County Assessor / Superintendent of Schools. Read about the history of the Superintendent of Schools office. Curriculum and Instruction at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools joins others in celebrating this milestone by supporting the development of student and teacher projects focusing on some aspect of San Bernardino history.

We are proud to showcase these student-teacher web projects that are part of the SBCSS history-social science website.  Featuring the story of San Bernardino County and its varied regional histories, these sites will be great resources for schools and communities in as they observe the 150th anniversary of our county.

Fontana Historical Quilt
Maureen Marino, and the students at West Heritage Elementary developed this history of Fontana using a quilt as their organizational tool.  Each quilt picture links to a new part of the story of Fontana and the contributions of such renown community leaders as A.B. Miller and Henry J. Kaiser.

Eagle's Eye View of the History of Apple Valley

Teachers Meg Deppe and Alona Daudel and the students at Mojave Mesa Elementary  learned that Apple Valley’s past stretched from petroglyphs to superhighways. After becoming one of America's Favorite Vacation spots, Apple Valley is a modern city of 50,000 people.

Mormon Colony in San Bernardino

When Willis Whitlock, teacher in Apple Valley traced the Mormon legacy in San Bernardino, he found that
the Mormon Colony was a microcosm of Western expansion in the 1850's. Though under construction there is already much to explore at this site.

This oral history project by San Bernardino City teacher Silvia Salem will bring alive the challenges of growing up in San Bernardino a generation ago.  It features the story of a Japanese Americans, an African American and a Mexican American. The project is a great model of how to record the stories of local elders as a tool for teaching history.

How Big Were their Footprints? A Study of Loma Linda History
This virtual museum by Redlands teacher Jim Shipp takes viewers on an historical tour of Loma Linda from the time of the Serrano to today. Along the way viewers learn about the contributions or "footprints" of those people who built the community.

Lake Arrowhead Virtual Museum
Today, Lake Arrowhead is a quiet resort community about eighty miles east of Los Angeles. But it hasn't always been like this. Explore the natural environment and the unique history of the region through this virtual museum by Rim of the World teacher Diane Bruns. Learn how this mountain community changed from the summer home of the Serrano Indians, to a Mormon logging camp, and then to a resort after the damming of Little Bear Valley and the creation of the Arrowhead Reservoir and Power Company.

Through the Eyes of Maud: A Virtual Museum of a Pioneer Family in Ontario, California, in 1880
Explore life of a pioneer in Southern California in the 1880s through this virtual museum on the family of Maud Van Wig. Created by Laurel Leidner from family diaries and letters, site viewers examine primary photos and news articles to compare the types and costs of transportation, and the uses of natural and human resources now and then.  This is a great model for how others might construct a webpage to share their own family records and local history.

Big Bear Valley Now and Then
This site by educator Brian Adams guides viewers on a journey to Big Bear Valley in the San Bernardino mountains.  They learn about the region’s first inhabitants and about those who settled later, who built the dam and created the mountain community that we know today.

The Serrano: People of the Pines
Explore the culture, environment and history of the Serrano people of inland Southern California in this virtual museum by the San Manuel Indians and educator Pat Amicone.  Included are stories, pictures and film clips with background on the tools, medicine, customs and much more.

People of the Mojave
Learn about the Native Peoples, explorers, miners and later settlers of the Mojave Desert.  This comprehensive web museum provides an overview of the land and people of the Mojave from pre-historic times until today.   Explore the geography and see how people have interacted with this fragile desert environment.

Frankish Building: A Reflection of the Success of Ontario, California
The 1870s and 1880s brought the development of agriculture on the dry lands of the West. Many people, believed that the West's barren acres could be profitably farmed if they could be irrigated. Since developing irrigation systems took money, developers formed model colonies in which people could buy a share of land. In the San Gabriel/Pomona Valleys of California, one of the best known and most successful colonies owed its beginning to George and William Chaffey who formed California's first mutual water company. Ontario-Montclair teacher Brent Heath put this site together for the "Teaching with Historic Places" program of the National Park Service.

If you want to create a web project on another San Bernardino County topic or to do a class or community project of your own here is a list of web resources.  Enjoy this opportunity to explore San Bernardino County's rich past and regional treasures.  If you find other web  resources of value in this study, pease submit any new sites to me at peg_hill@sbcss.k12.ca.us