Showcasing rare documents on loan from the California
State Archives, the long-term exhibit “31st Star”
chronicles the tumultuous years leading up to the state becoming
the 31st star on the U.S. flag.
Part one reveals how the Bear Flag Revolt and the Mexican
American War, the lawless years of the Gold Rush and the thorny
issue of slavery were the backdrop for the push for statehood.
Part two focuses on the state’s birth, as 48 delegates – 33 of
whom had been in California less than three years – drafted a
constitution; the first legislature convened; and finally, 10
months later, Congress admitted California as the 31st
state of the Union.
Highlights include reproductions of the state’s original
constitution drafted in English and Spanish, documents from the
Monterey Convention of 1849, historic photographs, maps and more.