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…

Train Days to Roll In Again at Los Altos History Museum

All Aboard as Train Days Returns to the Los Altos History Museum

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Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017, 10am to 4pm Admission: $5/person (Ages 4 and under free) Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult On site: Quick Dog Catering & Scoops Gourmet Ice Cream carts Los Altos, CA–August 9, 2017. Train Days will return to the Los Altos History Museum for two days of train-filled fun celebrating the joy and wonder of model railroading September 16-17, 2017 from 10am-4pm both days. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, and scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars complete with steam, lights and sound, will speed the rails to delight visitors of all ages. Explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase…

Los Altos History Museum Celebrates 40 years!

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Los Altos, CA – June 30, 2017. The Los Altos History Museum celebrates its first 40 years with a Summer Garden Party Under the Oaks on Sunday, July 23, from 5-8pm. The special dinner event will honor community leaders who have helped the Museum thrive over the past 40 years including past Museum presidents, major donors, past Los Altos and Los Altos Hills mayors and long-time volunteers. Tickets: $50/person RSVP by July 18, 2018 Vegetarian Option Available by Advance Request events@losaltoshistory.org or call 650.948.9427 ext. 14 Community residents are encouraged to join the garden party festivities to drink and dine and acknowledge the people who established the renovated 1905 farmhouse as the Gilbert Smith House Museum in 1977, and help build upon their legacy by moving the cultural history of the Los Altos area to the…