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Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly

AUDIENCE: General, School Groups, Family

RENTAL FEE: $3,500 + shipping for an 8-week booking

SIZE: 1,500-2,000 square feet

SECURITY: Moderate

INSTALLATION IMAGES: View online here

This compelling exhibition tells the story of one of California's most beloved and feared animals – the grizzly bear. The relationship that Californians have had with the grizzly bear over the centuries is one of dualities, expressed in fear and fascination. Now extinct in the state, the grizzly has been a central character in California's history.

The exhibit shows how the grizzly was:

  • Seen as the embodiment of California's “untamed” wilderness
  • Used as a symbol of freedom and power by the Bear Flag Rebellion and later the state itself (that's a grizzly on the state flag)
  • Driven to extinction as California was settled
  • Used in advertising and propaganda to sell products and ideas

The exhibition also presents scientifically accurate information about grizzly bear biology, dispelling some of the myths about this top predator. It includes special sections for children and interactive elements to engage visitors of all ages.

Bear in Mind is based on the Heyday Book publication Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly by Susan Snyder, and the Bancroft Library exhibition of the same name.

The exhibition includes:

  • Over 30 text and image panels
  • Panels designed for children
  • Introductory film
  • Hands-on interactives
  • Engaging grizzly bear artifacts
  • Exhibition press kit with digital images
  • Interpretive materials: Gallery Guides, Docent Guide, Teacher Guide

TOP: Bear In Mind exhibit at the Community Memorial Museum, Yuba City MIDDLE: Bear In Mind exhibit at the Community Memorial Museum, Yuba City ABOVE LEFT: “California’s Jubilee, Semi-Centennial Celebration,” Calthea Campbell Vivian, 1896, The Bancroft Library ABOVE RIGHT: Grizzly Bear Rag, sheet music

SCHEDULE & AVAILABILITY:

February 24, 2008 - June 29,2008 Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside 
July 13, 2008 - September 7, 2008 Hi-Desert Museum, Yucca Valley
September 21, 2008 - January 11, 2009 San Joaquin County Historical Museum, Lodi
February 8, 2009 - March 29, 2009 Merced County Courthouse Museum, Merced
April 16, 2009 - June 7, 2009 Tulare Historical Museum, Tulare
June 21, 2009 - August 16, 2009 Community Memorial Museum, Yuba City
August 30, 2009 - January 3, 2010 Hayward Area Historical Society, Hayward
January 17, 2010 - May 23, 2010 Museum of History and Art, Ontario
June 6, 2010 - October 10, 2010 Old Courthouse Museum, Santa Ana
October 24, 2010 - February 27, 2011 Museums of Los Gatos, Los Gatos
March 13, 2011 - May 8, 2011 Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville
May 22, 2011 - July 17, 2011 Museum on Main, Pleasanton
July 31, 2011 - September 25, 2011 Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, Vallejo
October 9, 2011 - February 12, 2012 Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah
June 18, 2012 – August 10, 2012 Gateway Science Museum, Chico
October 1, 2012 – April 14, 2013 Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos
May 15, 2013 – December 22, 2013 History San Jose, San Jose
January 25, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara
May 24, 2014 - July 17, 2014 Temecula Valley Museum, Temecula
April 15, 2015 - September 16, 2015 Muzeo Museum, Anaheim
September 27, 2015 - November 22, 2015 Available
December 6, 2015 - January 31, 2016 Available
February 14, 2016 - June 19, 2016 The California Museum, Sacramento
July 3, 2016 – August 28, 2016 Available
September 11, 2016 – November 20, 2016 Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum
December 4, 2016 – January 29, 2017 Available
February 12, 2017 – April 9, 2017 Available
April 23, 2017 – June 18, 2017 Available
July 2, 2017 – August 27, 2017 Available
September 10, 2017 – November 5, 2017 Available
Flexible Dates in 2018 and 2019
Email info@exhibitenvoy.org to schedule!
February 3, 2019 – March 31, 2019
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton


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