A State of Change: CHS

Wednesday Feb 09 2011   18:00:00
California Historical Society  , San Francisco, CA  map

Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.
From scouting native plants in an El Cerrito Plaza parking lot to observing grizzly bears, Laura Cunningham, author of A State of Change, spent over two decades of biological, paleontological, and historical research to bring an all-but-forgotten world to life: California as it was before European contact. We invite you to explore Old California with Laura through this slideshow and book signing event. With the clarity of a scientist and the passion of an artist, Laura will guide us through then-and-now images of California landscapes. Laura will share techniques to detect clues from California’s past, and reveal possibilities for both change and conservation in our present-day landscape. The book will be available for purchase at the event.
California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required; for more information call (415) 357-1848, ext. 233.

Laura CunninghamLaura Cunningham, an artist and naturalist, studied paleontology and biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at various field biology jobs for the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other organizations, getting to know such species as the Owens Valley pupfish, the southern California steelhead trout, the Yosemite toad, and the Panamint alligator lizard. Simultaneously, she has been studying and painting California’s historic and living wildlife, flora, and unique landscapes. She lives near Death Valley National Park, where she cofounded the group Basin and Range Watch to explore the historical ecology of the desert ecosystems of California and Nevada, and to protect them. Visit her blog at https://laura-cunningham-art-nature.blogspot.com/.

Photo by Kevin Emmerich