LAM and the CA Historical Society invite you to an exclusive VIP Reception to celebrate the grand opening of the exhibition: “Juana Briones y Su California: Pionera, Fundadora, Curandera.”
Join us for a unique night of art, conversation, history and much more.
Mingle with friends and meet new ones while you experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit about one of California’s first Latina pioneers, entrepreneurs, and landowners.
- Networking with other Latino professionals
- Interactive photo area
- Complimentary hors d’oeuvres
- An opportunity to tour the exhibit with a CA Historical Society representative.
About the Exhibit
The exhibition, titled “Juana Briones y Su California: Pionera, Fundadora, Curandera,” will focus on the life and times of Juana Briones (1802–1889)—pioneer, founder, healer—possibly San Francisco’s first resident (when it was Yerba Buena) and one of the most important women in California in the mid-to-late 1800s. Her challenges and accomplishments will be told in an engaging narrative and through paintings, maps, documents, and artifacts. A website to accompany the exhibition will make Briones’ story available in English and Spanish to people around the globe.
Revealing the transformation of California under three flags—Spain, Mexico, and the United States—the exhibition will present a vision of Juana Briones as a woman adaptable and undaunted in her pursuits. Through her story, we will see how this multi-ethnic woman, mother, landowner, businesswoman, healer, and humanitarian influenced our state’s history on a wide-ranging yet distinctively human scale. The exhibit will also trace the decades-long effort at the close of the twentieth century to oppose the destruction of the Juana Briones home site in Santa Clara County, demolished in 2011.
Presented by the CA Historical Society, in partnership with Stanford University and the Bancroft Library, the exhibit will open on January 26, 2014 and run through June 8, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/exhibitions/upcoming_exhibitions.html
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