Bay Area’s historic houses get decked out for the holidays

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It’s time to shop, mingle, sip tea and ogle the decorations — all for good causes. These fundraising festivities not only put you in a holiday frame of mind, but they also help preserve the Bay Area’s historic homes, fund museum programs and support countless charities. Reminder: Early reservations are a must.

Nov. 15: History Museum, Los Altos

Take part in “Catch the Spirit” at the Los Altos History Museum on Nov. 15 with a guided tour of the J. Gilbert Smith History House, a historic property that will be decorated for a 1930s Christmas. Listen to talks by local authors; shop in the boutiques; and enjoy refreshments from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free; 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos;

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I Want the Wide American Earth in SF/Arts Monthly

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See what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about I Want the Wide American Earth:

“Organized and traveled by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, this exhibition considers how Asian Pacific Americans have participated in and been cultivated by this country’s history, from a variety of historical vantage points, including the California Gold Rush, the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Civil War and Hawaiian statehood.”

J. Gilbert Smith House Hosts Exhibit: “Celebrating 40 Years and Counting…”

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The exhibition celebrates the Museum’s 40th anniversary as a community organization and recognizes the many volunteers, exhibits, programs and fundraisers that have made the Los Altos History Museum a unique and welcoming community resource.

It looks back at the Museum’s beginnings, explores the many stories created over the years and provides a peek into plans for its future. Documents, photographs and objects take visitors on a journey that looks at the many facets that have made the Museum and its programs possible.

The historic J. Gilbert Smith House is the perfect setting to tell this story, as it was home to the Museum in its early days. The exhibit runs from September 23, 2017 to December 31, 2017, providing ample opportunity to help celebrate its accomplishments and imagine exciting possibilities for its future.


The Mercury News: September Shows: Train Days

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Kids of All ages are certain to have an engaging time at Train Days on Sept. 16-17. The event — now in its ninth year — is held on the grounds of the Los Altos History Museum, and attracts many families from across the Bay Area.

Visitors can mingle with model-train collectors and eye elaborate railroad layouts and scenery, scaled renditions of prototypes, whimsical engines, as well as cars with steam, lights and even sound. And best of all, many of these displays are interactive, allowing one and all to have a chance to pull a switch to see what happens! cont.


Adobe Creek Lodge Tour Sold Out!

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Attend a private, history-led tour of this estate developed by San Francisco businessman Milton Haas. In 1934 Haas purchased the 35-acre Los Altos Hills property to develop a luxurious country retreat. He engaged prominent San Francisco architects to design a $250,000, 17-room English-style manor, an immense sum at that time, as well as built outbuildings and accommodations. The property was considered among the finest on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Adobe Creek Lodge, as the property was called, underwent several ownership changes. In 1961, owner David Belluci attempted to run it commercially, but in the late-1980’s these attempts ended. Today the property is situated on six of the remaining 35 acres and has been accurately renovated and restored by current owners Bob and Susan Wayman, who have owned it since 1994.

Purchase tickets here. $30/person.