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The Juana Briones Heritage Foundation

Honoring Juana
Juana Briones. Businesswoman, Humanitarian and Landowner 
Juana’s spirit and life story have inspired many honors in California and the nation. Smithsonian Curator Edith Mayo selected Juana for inclusion in a national touring exhibit of Enterprising Businesswomen.  Juana was also chosen by Historian Vicki Ruiz and Virginia Sanchez Korrol to be part of their forthcoming Latinas In the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia.

Stanford University Historian Al Camarillo has described Juana’s contributions as part of the handful of women who purchased property in their own names in the Mexican Era. The California State History textbook for fourth graders recounts her story as a remarkable Ranchera.

Juana Briones will be a biographical entry in Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, Vicki L. Ruiz and Virignia Sanchez Korrol, editors. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming in 2006.

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Jeanne McDonnell's book is complete!
Long awaited and extensively researched, Jeanne's book on Juana Briones de Miranda's unusual life is wonderfully recounted in this highly accessible biography. Pre-order your copy now!

Chosen for a National Traveling Exhibit, Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business, touring six US cities 2003-2004.

Juana Briones has been selected to be in the exhibit at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento, California.  The exhibit will open in May of 2005, and is entitled: Latinas, The Spirit of California.

Los Altos History Museum's permanent exhibit about the community includes mention of Juana Briones whose rancho included much of present day Los Altos Hills.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 1024. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the Women's Heritage Museum, and the Bay Area Network of Latinas, October 5, 1997. Located in Washington Square in San Francisco.


Olga Loya as Juana Briones
A Women's History performer brings Juana to life in full costume.




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