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Museum director

Gerald Arthur Smith, museum director. Decorated Purple Heart; recipient American Educators medal Freedoms Foundation, 1963; special award Indian Affairs Conference of California History Societies, 1971.


Smith, Gerald Arthur was born on June 5, 1915 in Gravette, Arkansas, United States. Son of George A. and Mary Grace (Knox) Smith.


Bachelor, University Redlands, 1937. Master of Arts, University Redlands, 1939. Doctor of Education, University Southern California, 1953.


Teacher junior high school, Bloomington, California, 1937-1940. Coach of freshmen University Redlands, 1937-1938. Teacher adult education Colton (California) High School, 1938-1940.

Teaching principal Warm Springs Elementary School, San Bernardino, California, 1940-1941. District superintendent Warm Springs School District, 1941-1943. Adviser Veterinary's Guidance Center, San Diego, 1945.

Coordinator Veterinary's Guidance Center, San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino, 1945-1946. District superintendent Bloomington (California) School District, 1946-1966. Associate superintendent, then district superintendent Colton Joint Unified School District, 1966-1971.

Director San Bernardino County Museums, Redlands, 1971-1983. Visiting professor education University Redlands, University California, Riverside, 1955. Consultant cultural resources and museum, since 1984.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles in history and anthropology to professional journals. Project director, member various archeological expeditions, ethnological studies.


Board directors, secretary-treasurer Bloomington Park and Recreation District. Board directors Arrowhead area council Boy Scouts American, Arrowhead United Fund, American Red Cross, Bloomington, Young Men’s Christian Association, San Bernardino. Coordinator San Bernardino County Information Center, California Archeological Inventory.

Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945. Member Society California Archeology, California Conference History Societies (president), American Association Museums, California Association Museums (vice president), American Association State and Local History, Pacific Coast Archaeol. Society, National Education Association, American Association School Administrators, Association Supervision and Curriculum Development, Association Childhood Education, American Legion (past commander Bloomington post), San Bernardino County History Society (past president), San Bernardino County Museum Association (executive director, past president), Southern California Archeological Survey Association (past president), Society Professional Archeology, California Association Museum (vice president).


Married Maxine McGowan, June 17, 1938. Children: Jerilynn, Geoffrey, Meredith, David.

George A. Smith

Mary Grace (Knox) Smith

Maxine McGowan

David Smith

Jerilynn Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Meredith Smith