“Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos” from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service opens at the California Museum on Sat., Mar. 9
New traveling exhibition exploring the Latina activist’s ground-breaking role in California’s farm workers’ movement to launch national tour in Sacramento, Calif.

Press release

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Feb. 21, 2019: The California Museum announced the new exhibition “Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos” organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) opens on Sat., Mar. 9, 2019. Inspired by “One Life: Dolores Huerta” at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, the new bilingual exhibit explores the life and legacy of the legendary Latina activist through reproductions of historic photographs, a documentary video and a smartphone audio tour app. The California Museum’s inaugural installation, on view through Sun., July 7, 2019, will feature supplemental artifacts on loan from Huerta’s personal collection and other institutions.

“It’s an honor to be recognized in this exhibit,” said Dolores Huerta. “It’s incredibly important that the contributions that women and people of color have made to our nation’s history be brought to the attention of the mainstream. Much of my work included lobbying at the State Capitol to pass legislation that supported civil rights for farm workers and Latinos, so it’s fitting for it to debut at the California Museum in Sacramento. I’m grateful that people across the country will be able to see it now that it has become a traveling exhibition. Art is an incredible vehicle for transmitting culture and moving people to action. I hope that this exhibit, and the featured historical artifacts, inspire many, including Californians, to get involved in creating a better future for all through activism and community organizing and teaches children the value of labor unions and the importance of workers’ rights.”

“We are thrilled to be the first venue to host ‘Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en Los Campos,’” said California Museum Executive Director Amanda Meeker. “This new exhibit is an excellent fit with our programming showcasing the state’s history and culture of diversity. It will provide visitors with new insights on Dolores as a ground-breaking feminist, social justice activist and labor leader, and on many of her extraordinary achievements that have frequently been overlooked  or misattributed to others.”

The California Museum’s inaugural installation will feature a supplemental display of artifacts further illustrating Huerta’s ground-breaking activism over more than six decades and the history of California’s farm workers’ movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Highlights include dozens of rarely-seen items on loan from Huerta’s personal collection, including a circa 1970s hand-knit sweater with the United Farm Workers’ logo and her Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded in 2012 by President Barack Obama. In addition, the history of the state’s farm workers’ movement is chronicled through items such as original posters designed by the Sacramento-based art collective the Royal Chicano Air Force, on loan from Sacramento State and the original landmark statute negotiated by Huerta in 1975 establishing collective bargaining for farm workers, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (CALRA), on loan from the California State Archives.

To celebrate the grand opening of “Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos,” the California Museum will host “Dolores Huerta Opening Day” on Sat., Mar. 9, 2019. Festivities include Huerta in discussion with California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and a curator presentation by Dr. Taína Caragol of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, plus reduced $5 general admission, interactive civic engagement activities and more. The discussion and presentation portions of the event will be broadcast on live webcasts streamed via YouTube at http://bit.ly/huerta-webcasts.

For more information or materials, download the press kit at: http://www.californiamuseum.org/press-kits/dolores-huerta.

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Opening Day
Sat., Mar. 9, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to celebrate the grand opening of “Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en Los Campos” on Sat., Mar. 9 at the California Museum. Festivities will include a discussion with Dolores herself and California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom; curator presentation by Dr. Taína Caragol of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; reduced $5 general admission to view all current exhibits; interactive civic engagement activities and more. For details, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/huerta-opening.

Dolores Huerta Day
Wed., April 10, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m
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Members of the public are invited to celebrate California’s first annual Dolores Huerta Day on Wed., April 10, 2019. Declared by former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2018, “Dolores Huerta Day” recognizes the legendary Latina’s lifelong work as a labor leader and civil rights activist while encouraging Californians to participate in a day of community service. Highlights include free admission to “Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos,” hands-on activities and more. For details and event schedule, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/huerta-day starting Mar. 15, 2019.

ABOUT “DOLORES HUERTA: REVOLUTION IN THE FIELDS/REVOLUCIÓN EN LOS CAMPOS”:

“Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en Los Campos” is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. For more information, visit https://www.sites.si.edu.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM:

The California Museum educates visitors on California’s diverse history, arts, culture and unique influence on the world. Through interactive exhibits and engaging programs, the Museum inspires visitors to make their mark on history. Learn more at http://www.californiamuseum.org

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