Senior Curator of History Louise Pubols discusses the Oakland Museum’s  groundbreaking interdisciplinary exhibit and the partnerships with government agencies that made it possible.

Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay, exhibited August 2013 through February 2014, used the story of the original 1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to explore how the environment of the bay shaped the experiences of those living or working around it, and how those people shaped the landscape in turn. Created to respond to state and federal environmental and historic preservation requirements, this project involved the local community in a meaningful examination of an important historic landmark. This exhibit received a 2014 History in Progress (HIP) Award from AASLH.


Despite these challenges, Above and Below did get scientists, historians, and artists to reach across divides between disciplines and practices, and the museum achieved its goal of becoming a public forum for important California topics and issues.