Illuminating the hardships, joys, and lives of female pioneers, Her Side of the Story: Tales of California Pioneer Women highlights first-person stories from the women who traveled by land or sea to settle in California prior to statehood.
In 1900, The Association of Pioneer Women of California formed and collected the reminiscences of women who arrived in California before 1854 in a single ledger. This incredible document, filled with over 800 handwritten stories of California pioneer women and in the collection of The Society of California Pioneers, is the basis for this exhibition. Together, the ledger and exhibition create a more complete and balanced understanding of our shared history, by highlighting the voices of women who traveled to California.
The ledger, however, does not represent all women. As such, an important section of the exhibition is comprised of forty diverse portraits of unidentified women. These women represent the thousands of pioneers whose stories were never recorded; each one had a story to tell which is lost to time.
Her Side of the Story: Tales of California Pioneer Women is an exhibition from The Society of California Pioneers and tours through Exhibit Envoy.
- General; Students
- Rental Fee:
- $1,750 + shipping/8 weeks
- Highly flexible; at least 150 linear ft. recommended
- Installation Images:
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- 30 first-person quote panels
- Introduction and section panels providing context for quotes
- 18 maps, photographs, advertisements and other 2D reproductions mounted and ready for hanging
- 40 “Subject Unknown” portraits
- A hands-on reproduction of the ACPW Ledger
- Searchable, online ledger hosted by The Society of California Pioneers (search for your region or town!)
- Audio tour highlighting the 30 quote panels
- Curriculum guide compiled by The Society of California Pioneers
- InDesign templates to produce your own quote panels and artifact labels
- List of artifacts referenced in the text for suggested pairing
- Exhibition press kit and programming/resource guide
Schedule and Availability
October 11, 2018 – September 1, 2019
The Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco, CA
March 5, 2020 – January 3, 2021
History San Jose, San Jose, CA
September 12, 2021 – November 7, 2021
Preparation for Travel
November 21, 2021 – January 16, 2022
Ontario Museum of History & Art, Ontario, CA
January 30, 2022 – May 22, 2022 (16 weeks)
Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville, CA
June 5, 2022 – July 31, 2022
August 14, 2022 – October 9, 2022
October 23, 2022 – January 1, 2023 (10 weeks)
Museum on Main, Pleasanton
Contact us for dates beyond 2022.