Los Altos History Museum Rolls out Slate of Six Speaker Programs to Support New Exhibition

By October 2, 2017Press Releases

Los Altos, CA October 2, 2017 The Los Altos History Museum announced its speaker series slate designed to encourage community dialogue and discussion of themes presented in its upcoming exhibition: “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story”. The exhibit will run from October 19, 2017 – January 7, 2018. Guest speaker, Rowena Chow kicks-off the series discussing Hawaii’s key historical role in Hawaii—Asian Pacific Gateway to America, on Wednesday, October 25th, 7pm at the Los Altos History Museum.

Three Thursday evening programs will follow in November with local historian and author, Connie Young Yu, speaking on Mark Twain, the Chinese, and the Railroad at the Los Altos Library on November 2nd at 7pm. November 9th at 7pm, Kristen Fuller will moderate a panel at the Los Altos Library representing the tenacious and resilient spirit of Silicon Valley’s pioneer families in Coming to America – including Donna Furuichi Takasuka, Audrey and Mel Inouye, Antonia Tu, and Diana Ding. November 16, also at 7pm, Diana Ding will return as moderator of a Technology Entrepreneurs and Mentors panel with Sandy Chau, Hsing Kung, and Hiro Masumoto. The presentation will be live streamed from the Ding Ding TV studio.

Immigration and Civil Rights is scheduled on December 5th, at 7pm at the Bus Barn Theater. Connie Young Yu will moderate the panel including The Little Exile author, Jeanette Arakawa; Hawaiian cultural and civil rights leaders, King Lit Ching and Rowena Chow; and Richard Konda, Executive Director of the Asian Law Alliance.

Concluding the series, in Hope and Opportunity Chef Lawrence Chu will reminisce over the struggles and triumphs leading to recognition of Chef Chu’s as the #3 Best Chinese Restaurant in the nation. He will also prepare a celebratory benefit banquet featuring the flavors of the Asian Pacific. Proceeds from the $85 event will launch the Los Altos History Museum’s new Community Enrichment Program.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story”, was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition is supported by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation with additional local sponsorship by the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF).

It is given a local focus by artifacts and photographs from the collection of the Los Altos History Museum and loans from local museums and community members. The exhibition focuses on the deep connection between the Asian Pacific community and the land, but also touches on difficult issues. Through the decades, Asian immigrants struggled against legal exclusion and prejudice, culminating in unlawful detention during World War II. Since the 1960s, vibrant new Pan-Asian, Pacific Islander communities have fought for civil rights that have expanded American freedoms.

The Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org