This exhibit explores the contributions of Armenians to
California culture and history. Fleeing poverty, genocide, and
natural disaster in their homeland, immigrants from Armenia have
thrived in California since the 1880s.
Original art, historic photographs, cultural objects and rare
artifacts illustrate the significant achievements of Armenian
Californians from the farms of Fresno to the stages of Hollywood
and the halls of government in Sacramento.
Featuring artifacts from the personal collections of owners Perry
Martin and Steve Coburn, this all new exhibit explores the life
of California Chrome, the California-bred horse who capped a
six-race winning streak by sweeping the 2014 Kentucky Derby and
Through a display of never-before-publicly-displayed items
including the 2014 Kentucky Derby Trophy, the exhibit chronicles
the rise “the people’s horse” from his humble foaling at Harris
Ranch in Coalinga, CA to his rankings as 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 unlikely champion and symbol of
American hope during the Great Depression, Seabiscuit, and more.
Developed by the Bakersfield Museum of Art in collaboration with
the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, the traveling exhibit
“Crossing Cultures: Belle Yang, An Immigration Story” features
vibrant paintings, illustrations and graphic novels by
California-based artist Belle Yang, depicting her experiences as
a Chinese American immigrant in Santa Cruz County.
Featuring the iconic “Fall Classic” — Lucy pulling the ball away
from Charlie Brown as he runs up to kick it, Pigskin
Peanuts is a traveling exhibit from the Charles M.
Schulz Museum chronicling the enduring cultural legacy of the
world’s most popular comic strip through a display of over 250
football-themed strips and ephemera in celebration of its 65th
anniversary on October 2, 2015.
Published in over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries from October
2, 1950 through January 3, 2000, Peanuts by Charles M.
Schulz is the longest running comic in history. Schulz, who lived
in Santa Rosa, CA from 1959 until his death in 2000, invented the
modern 4-panel comic strip and is commonly cited as the most
influential cartoonist of all time.
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill
Watterson wrote of Schulz and his work,
“Peanuts pretty much defines the modern comic
strip, so even now it’s hard to see it with fresh eyes. The
clean, minimalist drawings, the sarcastic humor, the unflinching
emotional honesty, the inner thoughts of a household pet, the
serious treatment of children, the wild fantasies, the
merchandising on an enormous scale—in countless ways, Schulz
blazed the wide trail that most every cartoonist since has tried
An all new exhibit, “We Are All Californians: Stories of
Modern Immigration” examines the journeys of immigrants to the
Golden State in the 21st century.
Through first-person narratives presented on an interactive
20-ft. multimedia wall, the personal stories of documented and
undocumented immigrants from countries around the globe including
Mexico, Ukraine, Cambodia and more explore how immigrants pursue
the California dream, revealing how the changing face of
California will shape the state’s future.