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Camellias were first introduced to California in the 1850s and have become a Sacramento tradition.
The Camellia Grove pays tribute to the pioneers who shaped the state.
The idea of recognizing California's history prior to statehood originated with Larry Myers, the Executive Secretary of the Native American Heritage Commission.
With State Librarian Kevin Starr, Secretary Myers approached Assemblyman Robert M.
The images that adorn the seals celebrate both current and past contributions of the California Indians and the Spanish and Mexican peoples who held sovereignty in this region before California became a state.
Both seals represent important chapters in our state's history.
Susan Shelton and Donna Billick created the Spanish/Mexican Seal.The Camellia Grove now forms a backdrop for a statue of Father Junípero Serra installed in 1965.Serra, a Franciscan friar, established the first California missions in the 1700s.Volunteers gave out flowers at the airport, convalescent homes, and other locations throughout the city.The Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West dedicated Capitol Park's Camellia Grove to the memory of their pioneer ancestors in 1953.
Grove - Established as a living memorial to the early builders of California in recognition of their courage, determination & contribution toward progress in the community & our golden state.