September 2 – January 14, 2011
The Bancroft Rotunda Gallery
10am – 4pm, Monday through Friday
The Bancroft Library’s exhibition for Fall 2010 commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Beginning with the “Grito de Dolores,” the battle cry issued by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in 1810 and culminating with the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920, the exhibit looks at the complex history that involved Mexicans across social sectors, geographic regions, professions, and even continents. The rich collection of The Bancroft Library provides an opportunity to look at these two transforming periods in Mexican history through a selection of visual and textual documents that cast light on the diverse players involved. A parallel exhibit opens September 20th at Stanford University’s Cecil H. Green Library. Please visit their website for further details.
School groups that would like to visit the exhibition are welcome, but please be aware that The Bancroft Library has limited space. Groups in the gallery need to be limited to no more than twenty students at a time. Additionally, students need to be accompanied by at least two adults from their school. We leave it to the teachers’discretion to determine how long each group may spend in the gallery. The rest of the students should remain outside of the building to wait for their turn. We do not have any available docents or guides for the exhibition, but the labels are sufficient to identify what the students are looking at. The rich and varied items on display have proved to be fascinating to all who have seen them. Parking for buses (and cars) on the Berkeley campus is almost non-existent. Buses are permitted to drop groups off at the front of The Bancroft Library, but then must drive off campus to wait until it is time to return to pick up the passengers. Please refer to http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/directions.html for further information.