History Museum to Hold Symposium on Women, Workers, and the Suppressed in World War I

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LOS ALTOS, CA (April 18, 2018)– In recognition of the extreme social upheaval of World War I on the homefront,the Los Altos History Museum will hold a symposium panel titled “Women, Workers, and the Suppressed,” slated for Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm, at the Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos. The public is invited to participate in an exchange of ideas with panelists Dr. Glenna Matthews from Stanford University, Dr. Candace Falk from UC Berkeley, and Dr. Margo McBane from San Jose State University. The program is part of a series of events supporting the exhibition “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I” on display in the Museum’s main gallery, noon-4pm, Thursdays-Sundays, through May 27. “This panel will complement the National…

Student Summer Workshop – Learn & Help Curate Museum’s Exhibition on Juana Briones

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LOS ALTOS, CA (March 28, 2018)–Today the Los Altos History Museum opens enrollment to students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade for “Juana Briones Summer Workshop“, a free two-week, hands-on summer workshop on museum studies. Students will apply what they learn to create installation pieces for the bilingual exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: Doña de la Frontera” on display October 18, 2018 through April 20, 2019. The workshop will be held July 9-20, 2018, from 10am to 3pm at the Museum. Co-curators of the exhibition, Dr. Perlita R. Dicochea and Halimah Van Tuyl, will lead the workshop. In addition, guest presenters will include local historians specializing in California history: Dr. Albert Camarillo, Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, Dr. Bobby Vaughn, Professor of…

History Museum to Open WWI Exhibition, Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I

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LOS ALTOS, CA (March 15, 2018)–In observation of the centennial of WWI, the Los Altos History Museum will open a new exhibition “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I” April 12th through May 27th, 2018, drawing upon the unparalleled holdings of the National Archives. The U.S. entry into World War I, 1917-1918, marks the beginning of its position as a global power, and dramatically affected the home front. “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I” captures the patriotic fervor of draft registration, the emotional goodbyes of men leaving for training camps, the “hoopla” of Liberty Loan drives, the craze for volunteerism, and the violence of vigilantism. The Los Altos History Museum will follow up that exhibition…

History Museum Holds Local Immigration Discussion in Support of Quilt Exhibition

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LOS ALTOS, CA (March 8, 2018)–The Los Altos History Museum and Day Worker Center of Mountain View are excited to announce a “Discussion Panel: Immigration in California“, to be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Los Altos Youth Center from 7-9pm. The program is associated with the “Traveling Stitches: Quilts Made At The Day Worker Center of Mountain View” exhibition currently on display through April 29th, 2018 at the J. Gilbert Smith House. Guests to this free community event will have the opportunity to learn about the history of immigration trends in California and the Bay Area from Dr. Margo McBane, History Professor at San Jose State University and about the state of immigration in our community today…

The Los Altos History Museum Asks Artists To “Paint the Town”

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LOS ALTOS, CA (March 1, 2018)–The Los Altos History Museum is issuing a “Call For Artists”. When artists take their portable easels and work under an open sky, they often produce lush landscapes. The Los Altos History Museum is asking local artists to look around instead for man-made structures in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and the surrounding area that help illustrate the region’s past. For an upcoming exhibit, “Paint the Town II: Echoes of Our Past,” the Museum is inviting artists to submit up to five works featuring historic landscapes—places, buildings, structures, memorials, and homes—that help tell the fascinating story of Northern Santa Clara County’s rich history. The title is a homage to the first “Paint the Town” in…

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…