The California Museum’s California Hall of Fame was established
in 2006 to honor legendary people who embody California’s
innovative spirit and have made their mark on history. The
California Hall of Fame is a landmark destination featured in the
Museum, which serves to inspire visitors by exhibiting the
diverse, creative and extraordinary stories of trailblazers,
leaders and legends who have called California home.
The California Hall of Fame celebrates inductees by:
Installing the inductees into the California Hall of Fame
institution in a formal state ceremony each year, at which
inductees (or their families, if a posthumous award) receive
the Spirit of California medal;
Making inductees and their accomplishments part of the
permanent record in the California State Archives;
Recording the unique stories and personal achievements of
inductees in an exhibit at The California Museum, serving as
the visual, encyclopedic record of the California Hall of
Fame, to which new inductees are added each year;
Highlighting the inspirational achievements of inductees
through a year-round education program designed to inspire
visitors to make their own mark on history.
When is the 8th Annual California Hall of Fame?
The 8th Annual California Hall of Fame induction ceremony will
take place on October 1, 2014, at The California Museum, located
at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. The 8th Annual California Hall of
Fame exhibition will open on October 2, 2014 at the Museum.
Who are the 8th class of inductees?
The 8th class of inductees are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
Charlotta Bass, Joan Didion,
Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Ross, Stephen Schneider, Mimi Silbert,
Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine.
Where is the California Hall of Fame located?
The California Hall of Fame is located at The California Museum,
located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento and one block from the
What are the criteria for induction?
The California Hall of Fame inductees come from all walks of life
and are people who have made distinguished achievements across
many fields, including the arts, education, business and labor,
science, sports, philanthropy and public service.
The criteria for selection to the California Hall of Fame
requires that inductees have transcended the boundaries of their
field to make lasting contributions to the state, nation and
world and that their extraordinary vision motivates and inspires
people to further their own dreams.
How are inductees selected?
The Governor and First Lady of California make final selections
on inductees from an on going master list of qualified candidates
meeting the criteria for induction.
Can I nominate a candidate?
Yes. The public is encouraged to submit California Hall of Fame
inductee nominations using the online form at http://www.californiamuseum.org/nomination-form.
Submissions meeting the required criteria are added to an
on-going master list from which the Governor and First Lady make
their final selections each year.
Who has been inducted?
The 7th class of inductees are: Gregory Bateson, Warren
Beatty, Charles and Ray Eames, Dolores Huerta, Ishi, Joe Montana
and Warner Brothers.
The 6th class of inductees are: Buzz Aldrin, The Beach Boys,
Elizabeth Blackburn, Gregory Boyle, Doris and Donald Fisher,
Magic Johnson, Ed Roberts, Carlos Santana, Amy Tan, and Roger
The 5th class of inductees are: Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, James
Cameron, John Doerr, A. P. Giannini, Merle Haggard, Anne Lamott,
George Shultz, Kevin Starr, Levi Strauss, Barbra Streisand, Wayne
Thiebaud, Betty White, Serena Williams and Mark Zuckerberg.
The 4th inductees were: Carol Burnett, Andrew Grove, Hiram
Johnson, Rafer Johnson, Henry J. Kaiser, Joan Kroc, George Lucas,
John Madden, Harvey Milk, Fritz Scholder, Danielle Steel, Joe
Weider and Chuck Yeager.
The 3rd class of inductees are: Dave Brubeck, Jane Fonda, Theodor
“Dr. Seuss” Geisel, Robert Graham, Quincy Jones, Jack LaLanne,
Dorothea Lange, Julia Morgan, Jack Nicholson, Linus
Pauling, Leland Stanford and Alice Waters.
The 2nd class of inductees are: Ansel Adams, Milton Berle, Steve
Jobs, Willie Mays, Robert Mondavi, Rita Moreno, Jackie Robinson,
Jonas Salk, John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor, Earl Warren, John
Wayne and Tiger Woods.
The 1st class of inductees are: César Chávez, Walt Disney, Amelia
Earhart, Clint Eastwood, Frank Gehry, David Ho, Billie Jean King,
John Muir, Ronald Reagan, Sally Ride, Alice Walker and the Hearst
and Packard Families.
How can I nominate someone to be inducted into the
California Hall of Fame?
Submissions from the public are welcomed through the
on the Museum’s web site as a means of including the public’s
voice in the nomination process.
How are inductees for the California Hall of Fame
The Museum accepts submissions from the public, which are
forwarded to the Museum’s Board of Trustees, who determine
eligibility of submissions. Submissions meeting criteria are
added to a master list of suitable candidates, from which the
Governor and First Lady make their final selections.
How can I watch the California Hall of Fame?
A public viewing area will be available beginning at 5:00
pm on October 1, 2014 located directly across from the Museum on
O Street. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, a live streaming webcast of the 8th Annual
California Hall of Fame will be shown on the Museum’s web site
beginning at 6:00 pm on October 1, 2014.
When does the 8th annual California Hall of Fame artifact
The 8th Annual California Hall of Fame exhibit will open on
October 2, 2014 at The California Museum and will feature
artifacts on loan from the newest class of inductees.
How does the California Hall of Fame fit into the
The California Hall of Fame advances the Museum’s mission to
engage, enlighten and educate. The California Museum brings
critical learning opportunities in art, culture and history to
California youth, serving over 50,000 students annually. The
California Hall of Fame also includes educational programming,
include special activity sheets and gallery guides for educators
teaching California history.
What award is given to the inductees?
Inductees receive the Spirit of California medal
designed by Los Angeles artist and 2808 inductee Robert Graham.
What is the California Hall of Fame medal?
The late Los Angeles artist and 2008 inductee Robert Graham
designed the California Hall of Fame medal, named Spirit of
California. This beautifully sculpted medal is presented to each
inductee at the induction ceremony as a symbol of their
installation into the California Hall of Fame.