October 18, 2018 through April 20, 2019
The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was an early entrepreneur who owned several businesses, many parcels of land, was a talented midwife and traditional healer in what is now Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco.
As the daughter of members of the Jaun Bautista de Anza Expedition, Jauna’s life spanned from the early days of the San Francisco Presidio, to California statehood, to the building of Stanford University near her final home in Mayfleld, now part of Palo Alto. The exhibition promises to elicit intergenerational conversations about California’s roots and will include contributions from local youth originating from a two-week Summer Workshop focused on creating exhibit works for the exhibition.