New Exhibit Open at Cabrillo National Monument

From January to March 2021, Cabrillo National Monument has an in-person exhibit available in the Visitor Center during store hours. The exhibit is called Flags Over California: 1542 – 1850.

A building with floor to ceiling windows. An american flag hangs on the left side.









Between 1542 and 1850, present-day California was claimed by many empires and republics. Each time, a new flag was hoisted to show allegiance. Sometimes flags were from established governments, like Spain, Russia, Mexico, and the United States. Other times, revolutionary forces designed new flags.​

Each flag shares a unique story. Together the flags, and the people they represent, shaped California.

Credits: Replica hand-painted flags donated by Dr. Midge Neff LeClair. The flags flew over Old Town State Park for San Diego’s Bicentennial celebration in 1969.

Exhibit in honor of Dr. Midge Neff LeClair (1926-2020). Raised with both traditional notions of woman’s place and her grandmother’s Cherokee values, Dr. LeClair’s work has often been with those who are marginalized by, or omitted from, traditional institutional education and services: elderly, new immigrants, minorities, veterans, the working poor, and women. Neff-Le Clair aided in creating the San Diego Police Historical Museum, served as a trained Police civilian, provided food for families in need, and organized annual children’s events.