October 19, 2017 through January 07, 2018

Main Gallery

Created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), this exhibition celebrates how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of this nation’s history.

Related Programs

  • The Asian Pacific American Experience
  • Coming to America
  • Immigration and Civil Rights
  • Hope and Opportunity
  • Technology Entrepreneurs and Mentors

Exhibit Description

The exhibition tells stories of Asian immigrants finding homes and participating in key moments in American history. Asian immigrants panned in the California Gold Rush, hammered ties in the Transcontinental Railroad, fought on both sides in the Civil War and on plantations in Hawaii and on orchards and nurseries here in Los Altos, they helped build the nation’s agricultural system.

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.”

Opening Reception, featuring the San Jose Taiko – October 22nd 1-4pm