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California is in the Heart

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October 29, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Highlighting stories, events, and towns that represent the Filipino Californian spirit

“California Is in the Heart,” presented in partnership with the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies and with support from the Filipino American National Historical Society Museum, underlines the critical role Filipino Americans have played in our state’s history. 

The exhibit highlights their influence in the Golden State from their first landing at Morro Bay in 1587, through the labor and civil rights movements of the 1960s, to current leadership in local and statewide office. Never-before-exhibited family photos tie into a map depicting Filipino towns across the state, while artists provide unique perspective as their work supplements a historic timeline. Additional sections celebrate the lifesaving work of Filipino nurses during the pandemic, highlight women’s role in the Fil-Am community, and address efforts to combat AAPI hate.

Additional exhibit support provided by the California Nurses Association.