Culture for Community: Black History at CHS


Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:00AM

Culture for Community: Black History at CHS
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California Historical Society will be FREE all day on February 20th as part of Culture for Community: Black History in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. Explore our current exhibitions, join for a docent-led tour at 4PM, and stay for the Curator Swap.

The evening is presented in conjunction with Culture for Community, a unique group of Yerba Buena districts institutions who have joined together to open their doors for free on February 20, 2020 and to feature programs focused on an issue of special importance to the Bay Area community. All are invited to participate in special events, activities, and museum and gallery hopping in the Yerba Buena Neighborhood.

About our current exhibitions:

Overland to California: Commemorating the Transcontinental Railroad

Overland to California draws from the California Historical Society's vast archival and photographic collections to consider the railroad's impact on the industry and culture of California. Featuring photographs, stereocards, historical objects, and ephemera, this exhibition explores how rail access to California contributed not only to population growth and industrial development, but also to the construction of the state's enduring mythology as a tourist destination and land of opportunity. Overland to California will also examine the railroad's complex labor history, taking into consideration the immigrant populations who built its infrastructure, as well as the scandals surrounding the monopolistic practices of the so-called "Big Four": Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins.

From the Gold Rush to the Earthquake: Selections from the Collection

From the Gold Rush to the Earthquake: Selections from the Collection presents highlights from the California Historical Society’s holdings of paintings, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera. Focusing on key topics in California’s late-nineteenth-century history, the exhibition features selected works from the Gold Rush, the exploration of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and coastal regions, the rise of agriculture and industry in the state, San Francisco’s Chinatown, and the city’s devastating 1906 earthquake and fires.