Yosemite: A Storied Landscape
Yosemite: A Storied Landscape
Two women atop Jeffrey Pine on Sentinel Dome, California Historical Society, CHS2013.1460.
Yosemite: A Storied Landscape
An enhanced eBook, Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, co-published with the award-winning digital publisher 36 Views, is the exhibition's companion publication.
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Yosemite: A Storied Landscape

June 29, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Yosemite, in all its profound beauty, is often imagined in a pristine state untouched by humankind. But its human history spans millennia.

About 6,000 years ago, humans came to the Yosemite Valley. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Ahwahneechee had lived there for generations and had little contact with non-natives. Then, beginning in 1849, the Gold Rush shifted the focus of the nation and the world to California—and Yosemite was forever changed.

At this 150-year anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, establishing the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias as the nation’s first protected wilderness, we look anew at this remarkable place. With Yosemite: A Storied Landscape—an exhibition, enhanced eBook, and public events series—we bring to life surprising, poignant, revealing, and sometimes tragic stories that inhabit this land as densely as its waterfalls and trees.

By uncovering its human stories—through photographs, videos, artworks, historic objects, and words—we can know Yosemite better and love it more deeply.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by:

S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Clif Bar & Company, Marcia and John Goldman

In-kind support is provided by:

HPA Strategic Communications, Hafner Vineyard, Sherwin-Williams


Art of the West Exhibition

The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
Free to California Historical Society Members

Visit the California Historical Society Gallery at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The CHS Gallery is part of the permanent exhibition Art of the West, which showcases the dynamic and evolving world of art that springs from the cultural practices of some of the many peoples who have shaped the American West. The CHS Gallery features selections from CHS's fine arts and costumes collections that are permanently housed at the Autry. This collaboration has assured the exhibition and conservation of significant works of art from the CHS Collection by some of America's best known nineteenth and early twentieth-century artists (including Albert Bierstadt, James Walker, and Maynard Dixon) as well as turn-of-the-nineteenth-century costumes. The Art of the West exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how shared values and interests have inspired artists from different cultures and times to create distinctive, powerful works that speak to their experience of the West as both a destination and a home.

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