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American Indians in jarring images
By Charles Desmarais for the San Francisco Chronicle

Chiura Obata: A story of resilience, a passion for Yosemite
By Lou Fancher for Berkeleyside

Catch these 8 exciting art exhibits before they close
By Robert Taylor for the San Jose Mercury News

How San Diego's, San Francisco's rival 1915 expositions shaped them
By Christopher Reynolds for the Los Angeles Times

SF Mayor Announces Centennial of World's Fair
By Ted Olsen for Nordstjernan

KQED Newsroom
With Scott Shafer for KQED

Yosemite: 150 years of oohs and awe
By Sam Whiting for the San Francisco Chronicle

Tracking Yosemite's last grizzly
By Sam Whiting for the San Francisco Chronicle

Celebrating Yosemite's 150th Birthday at California Historical Society in San Francisco
By Joe Rosato, Jr. for NBC Bay Area

Panama-Pacific International Exposition gets a 100th birthday party at the Palace
By Jill Tucker for the San Francisco Chronicle

Juana Briones Exhibit Built around Wall from Her Final Home
By Sam Whiting for the San Francisco Chronicle

Mission Artifacts Pay Homage to "Founding Mother of San Francisco"
By Christina M. Gray for Catholic San Francisco

Juana Briones - San Francisco's Founding Mother
By Gary Kamiya for the San Francisco Chronicle

The One about Founding Mothers
By Cy Musiker for KQED

Exhibit Honors Historic Curandera Juana Briones
By Ana Carolina Quintela for El Tecolote

Up Front – Juana Briones
By Brian Edwards-Tiekert with Marie Silva

Admiring Buildings That Never Were
By Alex Schmidt for the California Report

Exhibition Imagines a Different San Francisco Skyline
By Rachel Zarrow for the San Francisco Chronicle

These Unbuilt SF Building Plans Will Astound You
By Wendy Steiner for the Bold Italic

"Unbuilt SF" showcases past and future Bay Area architecture projects
By Amelia Taylor-Hochberg for Archinect News

Stanford humanities scholars harness the power of crowdsourcing
By Corrie Goldman for Stanford News

Bay Area history exhibit aided by crowdsourcing
By Jason Dearen of the Associated Press for The Sacramento Bee

S.F. experiment making history a group effort
By Jason Dearen of the Associated Press for The San Francisco Examiner

Researchers seek stories about experiencing the bay
By Jon Christensen for The San Francisco Chronicle

'I See Beauty in This Life' photo exhibit features California rural life
By Liesl Bradner for the Los Angeles Times

Rural California Report
California Institute for Rural Studies

History isn't a turnoff – if it's properly presented
By Steven Short for KALW's Crosscurrents

Crowdsourcing the Year of the Bay Project
By Paul V. Oliva for the San Francisco Chronicle

Anthea Hartig's Most Treasured Book
By Anthea Hartig for the San Francisco Chronicle

California Historical Society showcases fantastic farm photos
of state agriculture

By Lauren Gallagher for the San Francisco Examiner

I See Beauty – Rural California Photos
By Patricia Yollin for the San Francisco Chronicle

Rural Doesn't Equal Empty: Lisa M. Hamilton's 'I See Beauty in This Life'
By Lucy Schiller for ZYZZYVA

Building a Bridge of Fantasy
By John King for the San Francisco Chronicle

California Historical Society opens Golden Gate Bridge exhibit
to honor span's 75th anniversary

By Mark Prado for the Marin Independent Journal

SPAN-TASTIC! New Director, big Golden Gate show at California
Historical Society

By Sam Whiting for the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook Feature


12/13/18 – Statement By Michael J. Sangiacomo Chairman, Califirnia Historical Society Board of Trustees

12/13/18 – Anthea M. Hartig of California Historical Society Named Director of National Museum of American History

12/05/18 – California Historical Society Names Susan D. Anderson Director of Library, Collections, Exhibitions and Programs

10/16/18 – California Historical Society Announces Funding from National Historical Publications and Records Commission for Three Major Contemporary Collections

08/21/18 – Announcing Boomtowns: How Photography Shaped Los Angeles and San Francisco

08/10/17 – California Historical Society Announces $5 Million State Grant to Help Transform K-12 History Education

10/10/16 – San Francisco Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017

06/22/16 – Manuscript Examining Forgotten Role of Los Angeles in California Winemaking Announced as Winner of 2016 California Historical Society Book Award

03/31/16 – Getty Foundation Awards LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes and California Historical Society Exhibition Grant For ¡Murales Rebeldes!: Contested Chicana/O Public Art

09/09/15 – Manuscript Examining Memoirs and Letters From California Sex Workers Announced as Winner of 2015 California Historical Society Book Award

10/21/14 – Newly Released Multi-Media eBook Brings the Amazing Beauty, History and Stories Of Yosemite to a New Generation Of Readers and Enthusiasts

10/14/14 – Manuscript Examining Twelve Elections That Shaped and Reshaped California Announced as Winner of 2014 California Historical Society Book Award

06/09/14 – California Historical Society Brings the Tales of Yosemite to the City with Exhibition Featuring Amazing Artifacts, Stories and Events from one of California's Awe-Inspiring Treasures

06/04/14 – Mayor Lee Announced Year-Long Exhibitions and Programs at the Palace of Fine Arts to Commemorate 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition

05/02/14 – California Historical Society Lends Support to San Francisco's La Casa De Las Madres, Collecting Items to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

04/29/14 – California Historical Society to Celebrate Mexican Mother's Day with Free Family Event Featuring Arts, Crafts, Storytelling, Food, Music and More

03/11/14 – California Historical Society Celebrates Women's History Month along with Engaging Programs Honoring California's Female Pioneers

03/07/14 – California Historical Society Seeks New Literary Submissions That Promote and Celebrate California's Rich History

01/28/14 – Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and the California Historical Society Present New Exhibit, I See Beauty in This Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California

01/24/14 – Six-Month Exhibition Honoring "Founding Mother of San Francisco" Juana Briones Opens Sunday, January 26th

01/22/14 – SPECIAL PREVIEW FOR MEDIA: Structure from Home of California Pioneer Juana Briones to Be Preserved and Installed for Special Six-Month Exhibition

12/18/13 – The California Historical Society to Honor "Founding Mother of San Francisco" Juana Briones with Six-Month, Bilingual Exhibition Beginning January 26.

10/07/13 – The California Historical Society and Heyday announce the winner of the 2013 California Historical Society Book Award: Under Spring: Oral Histories, by Jeremy Rosenberg.

06/25/13 – Announcing Unbuilt San Francisco - A Collaborative Exhibition On View August, 2013 – December, 2013

04/02/13 – New Exhibition Features Social Media and Technology to Crowd-source a New History During Year of the Bay

10/28/12 – New Exhibition Features 100 Years of Remarkable Photographs – Both Vintage Prints and Contemporary Work – and Stories About Life in Rural California

Download the A Wild Flight of the Imagination:
The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge

02/26/12 – California Historical Society kicks off the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with launch of six month exhibition honoring the world icon

01/30/12 – Groundbreaking "Real Rural" Photojournalism exhibit connecting urban residents with Rural Californians Launches in San Francisco

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