Guided by its mission of preserving California history and culture.
The Society of California Pioneers has collected art and artifacts of historical importance continuously since its founding in 1849. The Society’s collection contains over 6,000 objects, including paintings, textiles, mining equipment, jewelry, toys, flags, and more. Among the many aesthetically and historically significant objects in the exhibition are the City of San Francisco flag, a crosscut saw blade found at the site of Sutter’s Mill, a period hand-crafted ship model of the vessel the Rover, the original bell that rang out at Vigilante headquarters at Fort Gunnybags, and six painted porcelain miniature portraits of Samuel Brannan and his family. Many artifacts were acquired and held by the original members of The Society of California Pioneers and bequeathed to The Society by their descendants. The Society carefully catalogs and maintains this collection, ensuring that it will be available to study and enjoy for generations to come.