October 2017 through April 2018

Main Gallery

In this bilingual exhibit about the life and times of Juana Briones (1802-1889)—mother, pioneer, landowner, healer—visitors will experience the transformation of California under three flags: Spain, Mexico, and the United States.

Exhibit Description

Juana—without a formal education yet dynamic, strategic, and resourceful—navigates through the social, economic, political, and legal upheavals of nineteenth-century California. Through paintings, maps, portraits, legal documents, and artifacts, the visitor realizes a vision of Juana Briones as a woman adaptable yet undaunted in her pursuits. She is an example of how some women, including those of Mexican and Spanish descent, influenced California’s history on a wide-ranging yet distinctively human scale.