Yosemite: A Storied Landscape

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Event Date:

06/29/2014 - 01/25/2015

Event Time:

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In a landscape of profound beauty we find stories that are utterly surprising, funny, poignant, revealing, and sometimes tragic. On the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, the California Historical Society presents Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. This exhibition—which commemorates passage of the act that dedicated the “Yo-semite Valley” and the area of the Mariposa Big Tree Grove “for public use, resort, and recreation . . . inalienable for all time”—reveals a human history of Yosemite as complex and diverse as our State itself.

The exhibition—a catalog of tales—highlights the visual stories of artists such as Chiura Obata and the photographers Carleton Watkins and Ansel Adams, who introduced Yosemite to the world; the folktales of the Miwok, whose rich and layered society called the park home; and compelling anecdotes, from the first non-native climbers to scale Half Dome to the African American stagecoach driver who shuttled two American Presidents through the park. Through artifacts, imagery, and words, these stories restore freshness, energy, and intimacy to a California and American icon bathed in myth.

June 29, 2014 – January 25, 2015

California Historical Society

678 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Gallery Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm