Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California, the University of La Verne is an independent, non-profit private university providing rich educational opportunities for both the academic and personal development of its students in a friendly, engaged setting. The University's Cultural and Natural History Collections was established in 1891, when the doors first opened at Lordsburg College, the predecessor of the university. The Collections has been supporting the educational mission of the institution ever since as both a teaching collection and museum.

Your support provides the seed funds to make our projects a reality. CNHC is committed to serving as an educational resource for our students and community. Together, we can drive change, expand our reach, and invest in the future. Your tax-deductible donation is appreciated: https://thespot.laverne.edu/cnhc.

The Cultural and Natural History Collections at University of La Verne houses over 100,000 items covering more than 65 million years of history. All our materials were donated by alumni, faculty, scientists, naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and community members for use in student-centered, faculty-driven, and community engaged research, teaching, and exhibitions. Our mission is to conserve, preserve, and share objects, artifacts, and specimens from Earth’s cultural and natural history for the benefit of current and future generations.

Upcoming Conversation with Nawang Phuntsog - April 6, 2022

Nawang B. Phuntsog, educator, and long-time advocate for justice among exiled Tibetans in northern India, will be our guest speaker for the Cultural & Natural History Collections INFLUENTIAL VOICES speaker series. The event, titled “One Educator’s Drive to Keep Tibetan Culture Alive,” will take place on April 6th, 2022, 12 pm - 1pm, both in person at the University of La Verne’s Quay Davis Executive Board Room or via Zoom. Please RSVP for the event so that we may know how many attendees to expect either online or at the event. The link to RSVP may be found here or by visiting our webpage at ulvcollections.org

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Newest addition to our Collections!

The Henry Halpern Collection of Jewish Life

Watch our latest talk with "Gentefied" co-creator Linda Yvette Chavez!

Cultural & Natural History Collections, University of La Verne welcomes our third Influential Voices guest speaker, screenwriter Linda Yvette Chavez, in a conversation about creativity, mental health, navigating life through college, finding your voice, and building community through stories in this hybrid event. Special thank you to La Verne Community Television for producing this video.

Mask Collage 2021