Day Workers Share Stories through Quilts at History Museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House

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LOS ALTOS, CA (February 1, 2018)–The Los Altos History Museum and Day Worker Center of Mountain View are excited to announce a partnership to bring “Traveling Stitches: Quilts Made At The Day Worker Center of Mountain View“ to the J. Gilbert Smith House, February 15 to April 29, 2018. The exhibition was directed by curator Naomi Zamir, a volunteer at the Center. Involving a hundred and forty men and women since it began in September 2010, this project invited individuals at the Day Worker Center to create quilt blocks as part of their English language-learning program. Each block was made by a student to express what was on his or her mind and the concept was then presented to the…

Instinct Extinct

Los Altos History Museum Looks to the Sky

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LOS ALTOS, CA (December 18, 2017)–The Los Altos History Museum is pleased to announce that the extraordinary story of birds—their beauty, their biology, their migrations, and their ecosystems—will take center stage in the Museum’s upcoming exhibition entitled “Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway“, opening January 25 – March 31, 2018. The exhibit, curated by professors from University of California-Davis School of Design, is inspired by the spectacular natural instinct of birds to travel thousands of miles up and down the Western edge of North America. It celebrates the beauty of flight and the magnificence of avian wing design through whimsical artistic installations. It also delves into the loss of habitat that has threatened this display of natural instinct. The San…

Museum to Host a Twinkling Anniversary Reception at Historic Smith House Dec. 1

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Los Altos, CA—November 22, 2017. The Los Altos History Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary by inviting the community to a glittering reception, “Keep the Lights Twinkling“, at the historic J. Gilbert Smith House, Sunday, December 1, 2017, 5-7pm. Weddings have contributed significantly to the Museum’s success, and those who have been married at the Museum and plan to marry there in 2018 have been invited to join members and the community for a festive evening to toast the Museum’s anniversary and their own, by returning to the location where a number of them “tied the knot”. The event will feature music from Richard Keane, savory bites from the Museum’s partnering chefs, premium wines and a signature cocktail, created specifically…

Catch the Spirit – The Holidays are Coming!

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Los Altos, CA – October 9, 2017– The Los Altos History Museum invites the community to start this year’s holiday season with “Catch the Spirit” on Wednesday, November 15, noon to 4:00pm, with a special event at the J. Gilbert Smith House, located on one of the last active apricot orchards in Santa Clara Valley. Thriving among the buildings of the Los Altos Civic Center, this 1905 shingled farmhouse was built with many Craftsman-style features. For “Catch the Spirit”, the historic Smith House will be decked-out with holiday decorations reminiscent of the 1930s to complement the home’s period furnishings and rekindle memories of a simpler time. Tasty treats will be served on the spacious wrap-around porch and pianist Carole Cameron will…

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

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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…

Los Altos to Host Smithsonian Exhibition on Asian Pacific American Experience

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Los Altos, CA – August 21, 2017– The Los Altos History Museum is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition: “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story”, 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 community members. The exhibition focuses on the deep connection between the Asian Pacific community and the land, focusing on agriculture and foodways as well as the history of…