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Past Tents: The Way We Camped



SIZE: 1500 - 2000 square feet


The Past Tents: The Way We Camped exhibition explores camping in California from post-Gold Rush to the mid-1900s. Early camping was an enterprise of independence, simplicity, and conviviality. It offered a change of pace, splendor of scenery, and an opportunity to be close to nature and escape the trappings of society for a time. Despite the toil and the lack of modern gear, gadgets and groceries, campers eagerly packed their duffel bags with cameras and diaries and took to the hills.

Past Tents is divided into three themes: Round the Campground, Hitting the Trail, and Open Roads, Open Fires. Through photographs, journal entries, and advertisements, Past Tents examines auto camping, camp food, gear, and pastimes, and tips for successful camp trips.

The Past Tents: The Way We Camped exhibition was produced by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and California Historical Society and based on the book written by Susan Snyder and co-published by Heyday Books and The Bancroft Library.

The exhibition includes:

  • Over 50 reprinted photographs from the collections of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and the California Historical Society
  • Two canvas tents
  • Hands-on stereo viewer with stereograph facsimiles, and photo album
  • Text panels and labels
  • Guide By Cell audio tour
  • Exhibition press kit with digital images

ABOVE: Exhibition on display at the California Historical Society, San Francisco

TOP: “Mrs. Perrelet. The fliver. Miss Muth.” Death Valley Automobile Trip, 1926, The Bancroft Library MIDDLE: Exhibition on display at the California Historical Society, San Francisco ABOVE LEFT: Camper in Nightshirt, From Marin County Album. Photography Collection California Historical Society ABOVE RIGHT:"Swim in the Cold Soda Spring, Wee Wa (little Warren) takes a dive," Clear Lake, California, June 1924; Charles Fremont Pond: Elizabeth Keith Pond Mountain Journals, Keith-McHenry-Pond Family Papers, The Bancroft Library


September 21, 2008 – November 16, 2008 Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Yucca Valley
November 30, 2008 – February 23, 2009 Eastern California Museum, Independence
April 12, 2009 – June 7, 2009 Old Courthouse Museum, Santa Ana
June 21, 2009 – August 16, 2009 Bonita Museum & Cultural Center, Bonita
August 30, 2009 – January 3, 2010 Sacramento History Museum, Sacramento
January 17, 2010 – March 14, 2010 Community Memorial Museum, Yuba City
June 6, 2010 – August 1, 2010 Museum of History & Art, Ontario
August 15, 2010 – December 19, 2010 Mendocino County Museum, Willits
March 13, 2011 – May 8, 2011 Merced County Courthouse Museum, Merced
May 22, 2011 – August 27, 2011 Hayward Area Historical Museum, Hayward
September 10, 2011 – January 1, 2012 Gateway Science Museum, Chico
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