150 Years Documenting California History
This year marks one hundred and fifty years since the California Historical Society’s founding. On this milestone anniversary, we find ourselves looking both back and forward to our organization’s future. Though CHS has always been a statewide organization, we recently embarked on a bold new initiative to share our work more broadly 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.
Many of these selections picture the diversity of California’s landscapes, from soaring mountains to wide-open deserts; we are certainly blessed with abundant beauty and natural resources. Since our official entry into the union in 1850, the place we know as California has undergone changes that have had myriad consequences for both the people and the land, with the current wildfires plaguing many of our counties being a particularly terrifying and destructive example. Part of our job at the California Historical Society is to document these changes so that we can learn from them as we work together toward a more just and equitable future.
CEO, California Historical Society