Archaeological Research Facility Upcoming Events New Favorites: Collecting in the Bancroft Tradition, thru Aug 1 For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents<br /> an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The<br /> exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces<br /> carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs<br /> and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and<br /> Jane Austen, “branded” books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnson’s photographs of the African American<br /> community in San Francisco after World War II are but a<br /> few of the items featured. The exhibition showcases the<br /> Bancroft curators and their distinctive collecting practices,<br /> which expand the remarkable vision of library founder<br /> Hubert Howe Bancroft—documenting California as it was<br /> happening and building a library for the American West that<br /> would rival its older European antecedents. People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World, thru Dec 17 Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically about how perceptions of makers have varied in different times and distant places. Objects such as ancient Peruvian jars, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, and Wedgwood china tell diverse stories of makers whose identities are obscure; a Yoruba divining tray, Karuk Indian baskets, and colorful Guatemalan textiles embody rich personal accounts of craftsmanship. Visitors are invited to reflect on the makers of their lives and share their stories. The exhibit will incorporate objects contributed by community members that illustrate the theme's relevance to everyday life. The newly redesigned space, replete with warm woods and comfortable seating areas, creates a pleasing environment for audiences of all kinds.<br /> <br /> The exhibit will open April 3. All visitors will receive free admission from April 3 to April 9.