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Preserving the Pioneer Spirit

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This website is dedicated to those stalwart early California pioneers of the late 1840’s and early 1850’s. It is intended to give proper recognition to the contributions made by them in settling and developing early California. It is hoped that this material will be a source of accurate historical information for teachers, Living History re-enactors, and to educate the public concerning their accomplishments.


California Pioneer Spirit in Art

2016 Art Competition

sponsored by the

California Pioneer Heritage Foundation

The theme for the 2016 Art Competition is California Pioneer Spirit in Art. All competition details are outlined on the 2016 Art Competition Rules page.  This juried competition is free and open to all California residents.

START YOUR PROJECT TODAY! Various media are welcome. Entries may include but are not limited to – painting, sculpture, drawings, textiles, ceramics, photography, and printmaking.

Artwork will be displayed in the Folsom History Museum starting January 29, 2016 and is to depict early contributions made by Native Americans, African Americans, Spanish, Catholics, Mormons, Chinese, etc. to the development of California.

Get more details about the competition, as well as an Entry Form on the 2016 Art Competition Rules Page.