Picture This

Artifiacts in this featured collection are part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of each of these artifacts is available at Picture This

About Picture This: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into eleven time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.

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Right On!
Grand Patent India-Rubber Air Line Railway to California
Portrait of Sir Francis Drake
Sun Mad
Return from the Bear Hunt
 (San Francisco Chinatown)
Californians Catching Wild Horses with Riata
Yosemite Valley
San Francisco in July, 1849
Kathleen and Eldridge Cleaver
Monterey, California Rancho Scene
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