California History + Fourth-Graders = Academy Artists
San Francisco Fourth-graders Invited to Represent History of
The California Academy of Sciences from 1853 to 2003


(San Francisco) March 5, 2003 - San Francisco fourth-graders, lend us your ears…eyes, hands and minds. The California Academy of Sciences invites all San Francisco fourth grade classrooms to participate in a community exhibit that will celebrate the California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary.

In addition to the 150th Anniversary Exhibit - open through December 31, 2003 - and Festival - taking place September 6 and 7, 2003 - the Academy will display a juried exhibit of San Francisco fourth-graders' interpretations of California, San Francisco, and Academy history from 1853 to 2003.

Right now, San Francisco classrooms are being invited to join the project. Teachers interested in participating should contact the Academy communications department at (415) 750-7395. Classrooms may conduct their own contest, or create a class project. Selected projects will be displayed at the Academy from September 2, through December 31, 2003.

Fourth grade classrooms were chosen because at this grade-level many students in California schools study California history. The Academy, the oldest scientific institution west of the Mississippi, has played a significant role in California history. Some of the more famous affiliations include:

  • In 1853 the California Academy of Sciences was founded by seven gentlemen who meet to form an academy of natural sciences. They proposed to undertake, "a thorough systematic survey of every portion of the State and the collection of a cabinet of her rare and rich productions."

  • Sarah Plummer Lemmon, one of the first women elected to be a member of the Academy in 1878, a botanist, successfully advocated having Eschscholzia californica better known as the California poppy designated as the state flower.

  • Herbert Hoover, before he was elected President of the United States, was a long-time member and served as a vice-president of the Academy.

  • The Sierra Club was founded and held its first offices at the Academy from 1893 - 1898.

  • The Academy houses the bear "Monarch" who was the last California grizzly and the model for the California State Flag.

To participate classrooms must contact Bethany Morookian at (415) 750-7395 or by Friday, March 21, 2003.

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Editors Please Note:
Who: San Francisco Fourth Grade Classrooms

What: Artistic interpretations of the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and
California from 1853 to 2003.

When: Teachers interested in participating must contact the Academy by Friday, March 21, 2003.

Where: The California Academy of Sciences and San Francisco Schools


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