Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly Exhibit

Sunday Jun 19 2016  
California Museum  1020 O St., Sacramento, CA  map


This traveling exhibit chronicling the complex history of the state’s most iconic symbol, the grizzly, is based on Susan Snyder’s book Bear In Mind: The California GrizzlyOnce the most powerful animal in the state’s landscape, the grizzly has been extinct in California since the 1920s but lives on as a steadfast symbol, reflecting the spirit of independence, strength and adaptability the state is world-renowned for. Through artifacts and ephemera on loan from institutions including The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the California State Library and the California Academy of Sciences, the exhibit reveals the grizzly’s enduring cultural legacy over the last 200 years that continues to embody California’s ideals in the 21st century. The show runs through June 19.

Produced and toured by Exhibit Envoy, the exhibit was developed in partnership by The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and Heyday Books, with support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Bank of the West.

Regular admission prices apply; for more information visit

Susan SnyderAn inveterate diarist and boon companion to Dear Dog Endymion, Susan Snyder worked as a teacher, illustrator, and Japanese language interpreter before becoming head of public service at The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has spent twenty years exploring the library’s stacks, attics, and moats.