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Juana Briones y su California: Pionera, Fundadora, Curandera
January 26, 2014 – June 8, 2014
Juana Briones y su California: Pionera, Fundadora, Curandera

In this bilingual exhibition about the life and times of Juana Briones (1802–1889)—pioneer, founder, healer—we experience the transformation of California under three flags: Spain, Mexico, and the United States. We navigate alongside Juana—without a formal education yet dynamic, strategic, and resourceful—through the social, economic, political, and legal upheavals of nineteenth-century California. Through paintings, maps, portraits, legal documents, and artifacts, we realize a vision of Juana Briones as a woman adaptable yet undaunted in her pursuits. More broadly, through her accomplishments—as mother, landowner, business woman, and humanitarian—we glimpse how some women, including those of Mexican and Spanish descent, influenced our state's history on a wide-ranging yet distinctively human scale.

Learn more and view the online exhibition

I See Beauty in This Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California
February 6, 2014 – April 27, 2014, Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4:00pm
I See Beauty in This Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California

According to the 2010 Census, geographically the state of California is more than 94 percent rural. With support from the California 4-H and the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundations, CHS has partnered with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation to present this traveling exhibition, I See Beauty in This Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California, curated by writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton, part of CHS's Curating California series. Over the past two years, Hamilton has been telling the stories of rural communities in her multimedia work Real Rural. For this exhibition she uses the collections of the California Historical Society to connect these present-day stories with the past. The exhibition is a combination of large-scale color prints by Hamilton and her selections from CHS's vast photography collections—material dating from the 1880s through the mid-twentieth century, much of which has never been exhibited before.

$5 general admission

Casa de la Guerra Historic House Museum
15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara

Art of the West Exhibition
ONGOING EXHIBITION
Art of the West Exhibition

http://theautry.org/
The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
Free to California Historical Society Members

Visit the California Historical Society Gallery at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The CHS Gallery is part of the permanent exhibition Art of the West, which showcases the dynamic and evolving world of art that springs from the cultural practices of some of the many peoples who have shaped the American West. The CHS Gallery features selections from CHS's fine arts and costumes collections that are permanently housed at the Autry. This collaboration has assured the exhibition and conservation of significant works of art from the CHS Collection by some of America's best known nineteenth and early twentieth-century artists (including Albert Bierstadt, James Walker, and Maynard Dixon) as well as turn-of-the-nineteenth-century costumes. The Art of the West exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how shared values and interests have inspired artists from different cultures and times to create distinctive, powerful works that speak to their experience of the West as both a destination and a home.

 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00pm
We Are CA – Learn about curanderismo, or Hispanic herbalism, from the director of the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism, Charles Garcia

Charles Garcia will discuss the local and European herbs Juana Briones may have likely used in her role as a curandera. While every Hispanic woman in early California had an herb garden, it is more than likely Juana Briones also used local native herbs in her healings. Weather and availability permitting, Charles will bring as many herbs to the discussion as possible, as well as a mortar and pestle used by his own mother. If time allows, some traditional teas may be brewed to ward off the San Francisco chill.

Free Event

California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

In partnership with the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism

RSVP: https://hispanicherbalismcuranderismo.eventbrite.com

 
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00pm
In Their Shoes – A walk and talk at El Polín Spring

Join a Presidio Trust archaeologist for a walking tour to discover the legend of El Polín Spring.

Free event

MacArthur Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129

In partnership with the Presidio Trust

 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00pm
Ten Lions Talks - How Streetcars and Cable Cars Shaped San Francisco's History

San Francisco wouldn't be the same without its colorful streetcars and cable cars. These vintage forms of public transit are not only practical ways to explore the city, they're amusement rides that jangle through a mix of historic buildings and vibrant new development, filling your ears with the sound of cables clicking as steel wheels rumble under your feet. At the same time, they're a fleet of unique traveling museums. Rick Laubscher, author and president of Market Street Railway, will tell a few of the remarkable stories of San Francisco's cable cars and streetcars detailed in his new book, On Track. Part travel and field guide, part civic and engineering history, this book has everything—from illustrations and specs to a trainspotter's checklist.

Free for CHS and Heyday members

$5 general admission

California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

RSVP: https://ontracksfcablecars.eventbrite.com

In partnership with Heyday

 
Friday, May 2, 2014, at 10:00am, and repeating Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00am and Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:00am
In Their Shoes – Noe Valley Walking Tour

California Historical Society members $25, general public $40

Reservations required; contact (415) 357-1848 x233

Originally part of 4,500-acre Rancho San Miguel, and named for Spanish settler Don Jose Jesus de Noe, Noe Valley was developed in the 1870s by the Horner Brothers, two Mormons originally from the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel. On this walk we will visit both the main commercial area along 24th Street, as well as the residential areas both north and south of 24th Street.

 
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
History for Half Pints: Arts, Crafts, and Storytelling

In celebration of the "founding mother of San Francisco" Juana Briones, join us for arts, crafts, storytelling, music, and Mexican Mother's Day. Storyteller Olga Loya infuses the spirit of Juana Briones in every story she tells. Our friends from the National Park Service will share fun facts about the Anza Trail and Juana Briones' mother, Maria Ygnacia Ysidora Tapia Briones. We will have music, games, jewelry making, and more!

Free event at California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

RSVP: https://historyforhalfpints.eventbrite.com

In partnership with the Mexican Museum

 
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:00pm
Third Thursdays – Enjoy free tours of the Juana Briones y su California exhibition with CHS's Guest Concierges

Free event at California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

 
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 1:30pm
In Their Shoes – A Walk through El Presidio de San Francisco

Join this coastal walk along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail through the Presidio of San Francisco. Take a walk back through time to experience the cultural history of one of San Francisco’s most enduring landmarks. In 1776, some 240 men, women, and children arrived at the Golden Gate—the homeland of the Ohlone people—and established the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Uncover the story of these settlers and the legacy of their descendants, including Juana Briones. This 2-mile roundtrip walk departs from the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Center. We will walk a gradual uphill mile to the Rob Hill Campground and return. The Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Center is located at the Bridge Pavilion on the San Francisco side of the bridge.

Free event

In partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the National Park Service Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:00pm
We Are CA – A Discussion of Midwifery Today

Learn about midwifery in both the California context and nationally from a panel of fantastic speakers including Jenna Shaw-Battista, Kim Dau, and other professors and nurses from University of California, San Francisco, and professional midwives. Panelists will give a short history of midwifery and will discuss their profession, present concerns and triumphs, and what midwifery will potentially look like in the future.

Free Event

California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

In partnership with University of California, San Francisco

RSVP: http://camidwifery.eventbrite.com

 
Friday, June 6, 2014, at 10:00am, and repeating Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 11:00am and Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 10:00am
In Their Shoes – Mission Bay Walking Tour

California Historical Society members $25, general public $40

Reservations required; contact (415) 357-1848 x233

The historic embayment known as Mission Bay was filled over the years with Bay mud and rubble by the Southern Pacific Railroad and was used as a switching and storage yard for trains. We will explore the shoreline, the new residential area, parks and boulevards, and the rapidly expanding UC campus.

 
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Art Walk – Tour the Juana Briones y su California exhibition in its final days!

Participate in free docent-led tours of CHS's exhibition, Juana Briones y su California: Pionera, Fundadora, Curandera and enjoy drink specials and discounts all over the Yerba Buena neighborhood during the Yerba Buena Alliance Art Walk.

Free event

In partnership with the Yerba Buena Alliance

 
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 8:00am – 6:00pm
In Their Shoes – John Steinbeck Bus Trip

California Historical Society members $130, General Public $155 (transport from CHS headquarters and lunch included)

Reservation required; contact (415) 357-1848 x233

On this one-day bus trip, we travel to Salinas and the Monterey Bay area to honor one of the world's most famous authors on the 75th anniversary of the publication of his classic The Grapes of Wrath. We will visit notable sites from the life and writings of John Steinbeck.

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