As First Lady of California, Maria Shriver was instrumental in helping to re-launch the California Museum, an institution that engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world. Shriver collaborated with the museum in 2006 to further that mission with the establishment of the California Hall of Fame, which is an annual celebration that honors legendary people who embody California’s innovative spirit and have made their mark on history.
Now in its 10th year, the California Hall of Fame inducted its latest round of honorees on Wednesday, November 30. Shriver was among them.
“It’s really exciting,” Shriver said about the honor. “It’s humbling, it’s emotional and it’s a big moment for me.”
Shriver was inducted into the California Hall of Fame alongside
Harrison Ford, George Takei, Isabel Allende, Tower Records founder Russ Solomon and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and. San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn and artist Corita Kent were both honored posthumously.
Ford introduced Shriver and recognized her for her achievement in establishing the Hall of Fame.
“She did it to honor trailblazers,” he said.
The Hall of Fame recognizes Shriver as a trailblazer for her lifetime of advocacy and service. The exhibit highlights a number of her accomplishments, including her reporting as an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, her work as First Lady of California from 2003-2010, her creation of The Women’s Conference and the Minerva Awards, and her leadership in the Alzheimer’s advocacy space and as an Architect of Change.
The Hall of Fame exhibit honoring the 10th class of inductees opens December 1 at the California Museum. The exhibit will be on display through September 10, 2017. To learn more about how you can visit the exhibit, go here.
The induction into the California Hall of Fame is also an official award from the Governor of California given in an official State of California ceremony. Inductees are presented with Spirit of California medal by the Governor, and their accomplishments are made permanent record in the California State Archives.