Explore how disasters and epidemics have impacted Californians over time through this NEH-funded traveling exhibition.
Living in California means living with natural disasters. With the acceleration of climate change, we are experiencing disasters with increased frequency and intensity. These major events, including epidemics, affect Californians differently depending on location, socioeconomic status and race, among other factors. Although these events can often be devastating, they can also be portals for societal reform.
From Earthquakes to Epidemics explores the impact of natural and manmade disasters and pandemics in California, using the humanities as a lens to give context to the impacts of recent and historic disasters in the Golden State.
Stories within the exhibit represent the entire state of California, and reflect historic and contemporary issues. From fires to floods, from earthquakes to droughts, from the 1918 flu to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will learn about major events in California’s history, and how many disasters actually inspired positive changes within our communities.
From Earthquakes to Epidemics is advised by Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto, who combines the humanities and science in his work as a Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Declet-Barreto earned a Ph.D. in environmental social sciences, M.A. and B.S. degrees in geography, and an associate’s degree in geographic information systems from Arizona State University. At UCS, his research maps, analyzes, and finds solutions to the unequal human health and livelihood impacts of environmental hazards, particularly those exacerbated by climate change. Before joining UCS, Dr. Declet-Barreto spent two years as a climate and health research fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he helped link climate change to adverse health impacts, with a special attention on low-income communities, and communities populated predominantly by people of color. His research maps, analyzes, and finds solutions to the unequal human health and livelihood impacts of environmental hazards, particularly those exacerbated by climate change.
This exhibition has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Rental Fee:
- $3,000 + shipping for 8 weeks
- Approx. 1,200 sq. ft.
- English, Spanish
- Engaging didactic text panels in both English and Spanish
- 2D and 3D objects related to historic and recent disasters and epidemics
- Photography, mixed media, and other artworks exploring disasters’ impacts in California
- Audiovisual components, including spoken word interpretations and video timelapses
- Low- or no-touch interactive elements
Schedule and Availability
|August 14, 2022 – December 18, 2022 (18 weeks)||Gateway Science Museum, Chico, CA|
|January 15, 2023 – March 12, 2023||AVAILABLE|
|April 2, 2023 – May 28, 2023||AVAILABLE|
|June 18, 2023 – September 10, 2023 (12 weeks)||Shasta Historical Society, Redding, CA|
|October 15, 2023 – December 10, 2023||Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Yucca Valley, CA|
|January 7, 2024 – March 3, 2024||AVAILABLE|
|March 24, 2024 – May 19, 2024||AVAILABLE|
|June 9, 2024 – August 4, 2024||AVAILABLE|
|September 8, 2024 – November 24, 2024 (11 weeks)||Sutter County Museum, Yuba City, CA|
|December 15, 2024 – February 9, 2025||AVAILABLE|