Bear Flag -
California State Flag with Hand Painted Bear, c. 1850 - 1900, Bolinas Museum Historical Object Collection, Gift of Sharon Neal, 2008.8.1

History Room

Bear Flag

January 3 - June 14, 2015

Curated by Elia Haworth

The official California state flag owes its design to a flag hastily fabricated to represent the occupation of the town of Sonoma in 1846. Though a brief event, it became known as the Bear Flag Revolt and contributed to the transformation of California from its Spanish colonial ties to joining the union of the United States. This exhibition traces the history of California’s state flag.