Gateway Science Museum

From Earthquakes to Epidemics

Living in California means living with natural disasters. With the acceleration of climate change, we are experiencing disasters with increased frequency and intensity. These major events, including epidemics, affect Californians differently depending on location, socioeconomic status, and race, among other factors. Although these events can often be devastating, they can also be portals for societal reform.

From Earthquakes to Epidemics explores the impact of natural and manmade disasters and pandemics in California, using the humanities as a lens to give context to the impacts of recent and historic disasters in the Golden State.

Stories within the exhibit represent the entire state of California and reflect historic and contemporary issues. From fires to floods, from earthquakes to droughts, from the 1918 flu to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will learn about major events in California’s history, and how many disasters actually inspired positive changes within our communities.

Rough text says "From Earthquakes to Epidemics"

This exhibit will be at Gateway from August 20 - December 17, 2022. 

burnt fire extinguisher
people in a boat during a flood

This exhibition is put together by Exhibit Envoy and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
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