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 and California Academy of Sciences, 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 the work of Tulare County-based photographer Matt Black, “Kingdom of Dust: Drought & Decline in California’s Central Valley” is a visual exploration of a place seemingly light years away from the California most of the world sees.
Black’s stark photographs, taken over a period of 20 years, capture the poverty that long has plagued many Valley towns and reveal the more recent human costs of the worst drought in the state’s history. From Tulare County residents struggling to cope without running water in their homes to out-of-work farm migrants living in Fresno County homeless camps eerily reminiscent of the 1930s, the exhibit reveals how the drought has compounded some of the state’s most entrenched poverty and threatens to turn productive farmland into a modern day dust bowl.
“Remembering Our Fallen from California” honors California troops from all branches of the U.S. military who have died while serving their country since September 11, 2001.
Serving as a testament of the ultimate sacrifice paid by state’s military personnel, the memorial honors 710 Californians who have perished in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, including Corporal Patrick Tillman, a California native who left his professional football career to join the U.S. Army and was killed in action in 2004.
Developed in partnership with the California State Archives, “The Power of the People: Voting in California, 1850-2016” is an all new exhibit chronicling 165 years of election history in the Golden State.
Just in time for the 2016 elections, it surveys the evolution of how we vote, who votes, and the methods campaigns use to win our vote, from the state’s founding to today.
Artifacts highlighting significant California elections on display include: 1864 absentee ballots introduced for enlisted Civil War troops; 1911 Certification of Special Election reflecting the passage of women’s suffrage; 2003 gubernatorial recall election memorabilia; and more.
Through artifacts on loan from the California State Archives, California State Parks and local collectors, the exhibit underscores that the voters have always held the power to shape California’s future.