The San Bernardino County Museum (SBCM) announces the repatriation of 1,294 archaeological objects from Mexico coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month. This process was supported by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino, and the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH). 

The collection includes various objects of common and ceremonial use, statuettes, vessels, necklaces, bracelets, ceramic and copper bells, remains from funerary burials, wind musical instruments, different work tools, objects used in the manufacture of clothing, arrowheads, among others.

“Working with the Consulate of Mexico has been an incredible example of what a successful partnership looks like in that most items of cultural and spiritual importance are returning to Mexico while others, mainly replicas, will stay here in Redlands, so that this community can see itself reflected in the museum,” said Museum Chief Deputy and Curator of Anthropology Tamara Serrao-Leiva. “While matters of return can be difficult and weighty, in this case working with the Consulate of Mexico and INAH has been one of collaboration, support and trust; one that we look forward to nurturing.”

The repatriation took place on September 15, a date on which two notable events coincide: The beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, which celebrates the successive contributions of the Spanish-speaking community to U.S. society and history, and the celebration in Mexico of the historic El Grito de Independencia, which in 1810 marked the beginning of the feat that would culminate in 1821 with the birth of independent Mexico, exactly 202 years ago.

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.

Additional County Update News – October 6, 2023