Based on Susan Snyder’s 2004 book of the same name published by Heyday Books, “Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” is a traveling exhibit chronicling the complex history of the state’s most iconic symbol, the grizzly.
Once the most powerful animal in the state’s landscape, the grizzly has been extinct in California since the 1920s but lives on as a steadfast symbol, reflecting the spirit of independence, strength and adaptability the state is world-renowned for. Through artifacts and ephemera on loan from institutions including The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the exhibit reveals the grizzly’s enduring cultural legacy over the last 200 years that continues to embody California’s ideals in the 21st century.
Produced and toured by Exhibit Envoy, the exhibit was developed in partnership by The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and Heyday Books, with support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Bank of the West.
Featuring artifacts from the personal collections of owners Perry
Martin and Steve Coburn, this all new exhibit explores the career
of California Chrome, the California-bred horse who capped a
six-race winning streak by sweeping the 2014 Kentucky Derby and
Through the installation of never-before-publicly-displayed items
including the 2014 Kentucky Derby Trophy, the exhibit chronicles
the rise of “the people’s horse” from his humble foaling at
Harris Ranch in Coalinga, CA to his ranking as the 2014 American
Horse of the Year.
In addition, highlights of the state’s long association with the
sport are chronicled, including the nation’s oldest racetrack in
Pleasanton built in 1858; the symbol of American hope during the
Great Depression, Seabiscuit; and more.