12th Class of CA Hall of Fame Announced

Museum News

By Kitty O’Neal, KFBK
Nov. 27, 2018

The Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Brown, in partnership with the California Museum, announced the 12th class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame today.    

   The new inductees will join 113 inspirational Californians previously inducted for embodying the state’s spirit of innovation.

 The inductees of the California Hall of Fame 12th class are:  

  • Musician Joan Baez; 
  • Mountaineer and scientist Arlene Blum;
  • Journalist Belva Davis;
  • Chef & restaurateur Thomas Keller;
  • Former San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee;
  • Public servant Nancy McFadden;
  • Hollywood icon and environmentalist Robert Redford;
  • Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.

The newest inductees and family members of posthumous inductees will be presented with “Spirit of California” medals by the Governor and First Lady in an official state ceremony held at the California Museum on Tues., Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Initiated by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, the California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor legendary people who embody the state’s innovative spirit and have made significant contributions to their fields.

Inductees are selected by the Governor and First Lady for achievements and contributions in various areas, including science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, the arts, literature, technology, activism and politics.

The California Hall of Fame also serves as the California Museum’s annual gala, raising funding for all exhibits and programs in the coming year. To date, the 12th Annual California Hall of Fame’s lead sponsor is Visit California.

Members of the public are invited to watch the 12th Annual California Hall of Fame induction ceremony live webcast on Tues., Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. athttp://www.californiamuseum.org/webcast/12-hof, and visit the California Museum’s all-new corresponding artifact exhibit opening on Wed., Dec. 5.

·      For more information on the program and the Museum, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/california-hall-fame.