February 24, 2010

County, Victor Valley museum merger details to be unveiled

Victor Valley Museum display.

Victorville Daily Press

APPLE VALLEY • The public is invited to a free presentation Thursday night on future changes at the Victor Valley Museum and Art Gallery, which was recently acquired by San Bernardino County after nearly closing its doors.

Struggling to stay afloat amid declining revenue, the Victor Valley Museum Association donated the Victor Valley Museum, just south of Bear Valley Road in the Jess Ranch Marketplace, to the county in November with support from 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

County officials have since closed escrow on the property and approved about $330,000 toward museum improvements and other expenses.

Mitzelfelt’s office has said the merger will require a temporary closure of the museum to catalogue memorabilia and artifacts, renovate the building and develop new displays to bring the museum up to accreditation standards.

Thursday night San Bernardino County Museum Director Robert M. Kernan is set to deliver a presentation on the merger and field any questions, comments and concerns.

Victor Valley Museum Director Carol Carr will also be at the meeting, which is hosted by the Mohahve Historical Society.