In addition to the Museum’s signature exhibits, the Museum produces 6-7 short-term exhibits highlighting people, places and stories not commonly known. Short-term exhibits currently on display include:
Featuring selected works from the 1950s to present, “Primo Angeli: Evolution of a Legendary Designer” explores the legacy of graphic designer Primo Angeli. Based in Northern California since 1959, Angeli has built an international reputation for creating designs with maximum visual impact, emotional appeal and consumer recognition that continue to shape the field of graphic communications today.
Developed in partnership with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the California State Archives, “Power of the People: Voting in California, 1850-2016” chronicles over 165 years of election history in the Golden State.
Open May 17-November 13, 2016, this all-new exhibit surveys the evolution of how Californians vote, from paper ballots used in the 1850s to a computer-based prototype of the future, while examining historic elections and the changing ways campaigns get their messages across.
Highlights include 1864 absentee ballots introduced for the state’s enlisted Civil War troops; 1911 Certification of Special Election reflecting the passage of women’s suffrage; early campaign materials created by the inventors of political consulting; 2003 recall election memorabilia; and more.
Through artifacts on loan from the California State Archives California State Library, Sacramento State and private collectors, the exhibit reveals that California voters have always held the power to shape the future.