Traveling throughout California in Spring 2024

Telling the Story of Mexican California: Real Life and Myth Making

Thanks to generous funding from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, the California Historical Society is pleased to announce its next traveling banner exhibition. Learn more

Currently on View

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Rare, Historical, Curious: Selections from the Collection

A window front exhibition offering views into history that allow us to see beyond major events and names to the unfolding of more complex narratives and the unique experiences of ordinary people.

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Chinese Pioneers: Power and Politics in Exclusion Era Photographs

Chinese Pioneers: Power and Politics in Exclusion Era Photographs

A traveling banner exhibit exploring the Chinese immigrant experience during the years of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

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We Are Not Strangers Here: African American Histories in Rural California

A traveling banner exhibit of little-known stories of African American farmers, ranchers, and rural residents that challenges myths about California history.

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Online Exhibitions


The California Flower Market

The California Flower Market, Inc. was founded in 1912 by Japanese American flower growers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, it forms one branch of the iconic San Francisco Flower Mart at 6th and Brannan, one of only five wholesale flower markets existing in the United States.

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Venutra County

California Counties: 150+ Years Documenting California History

The California Historical Society has been collecting and sharing stories from throughout the state for more than 150 years. We strive to gather and preserve the extraordinarily diverse stories from throughout the state. It is with this in mind that staff scoured our archives to find images from each of California’s fifty-eight counties to feature in this online gallery.

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Tell Your Story—California in the Time of COVID-19

Selections from the Tell Your Story Project

Tell Your Story—California in the Time of COVID-19 is an online project to document the personal experiences of people across the state as they face a historic crisis. View a selection of these stories and pictures.

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Past Exhibitions