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Our Mission: History inspires imagination, stimulates thought and transforms society.

The Los Altos History Museum preserves and shares our local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future.

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Current Exhibit!

lure and legend
October 18, 2014 - April 19, 2015

Silicon Valley: The Lure and the Legends answers the question, "Why here?" What was it that led the Valley of Heart's Delight from orchards to oscillators? And who were the visionaries and risk takers who made it happen? This is the story of the "who" and "why" behind the "what."  Displays highlight the ingredients in the "recipe" for Silicon Valley: Stanford University, the role of the military and federal government, corporate culture, climate and the venture capital community, and focuses on the local factors and folks contributing to this very special place.

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Upcoming Events

exhibit events

Opening Reception
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 2pm
Come see our newest exhibit Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect
Los Altos History Museum, free

May is Preservation Month and Museum Month!
Wednesday, May 20, 5:30pm & 7pm
Join us at the Museum at 5:30pm for a reception and historic plaque presentation by the Historical Commission. Then meet at the Los Altos Library for a special program at 7pm, where Krista van Laan will discuss her new book Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture, with a special focus on the architect’s Los Altos residences, most notably the Paul Shoup house. The book will be available for purchase. Free.


Vintage Tintype Photography
Saturday July 11, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Create a classic or wacky portrait with a vintage flair! We’ll produce that old-world look using modern-day tools through a gelatin transfer process to a distressed metal surface. The results are like nothing you have seen before: each transfer is totally one-of-a-kind and the colors seem to jump off of the metal surface. Class is limited to 20 students for ages 16 and up. Register by calling 650-948-9427 x14.

Instructor: Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director, Adobe Systems
$10 Museum Members; $20 Non-Members
Proceeds benefit Museum programs


Lean In-style Circle
Are you an emerging professional woman? Join us Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30pm to hear MYRA NAWABI, leader of the largest Lean-In Circle in the Bay Area tell us how the circles work, what benefits they offer emerging women professionals. With time for questions and answers, we will assess interest in having a Los Altos-based Circle. Free, but registration is required; please contact Grace Perry at GPerry@losaltoshistory.org.

Memorial for Bob Grimm

A memorial for Los Altos History Museum volunteer Bob Grimm has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at 2pm at Parkside Hall (180 Park Avenue), next to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. If you would like to carpool, our own Museum parking lot is a great place to meet up.

 

 

Thank you to our mystery donor for the beautiful flowers in memory of Bob!

 

 

Upcoming Exhibit

Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect
May 7 - October 4, 2015

Artists, makers and creators from throughout the broader community have been creating new work inspired by items in the Museum collection. “Creating things is uniquely human,” says exhibit coordinator Johanna Fassbender. “It connects us to the world around us and is a form of storytelling. Objects in museum collections also inspire storytelling and can help us draw unexpected connections to contemporary issues and perspectives.” To that end, several objects and oral histories were chosen from the collection as the starting point for this exhibit; local artists, makers and creators are being inspired by these old things to create something new and original that explores their connections to our past, and present.

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Support the Museum!

It's not too late to contribute to the Los Altos History Museum's 2014-2015 annual campaign. Click here to download our Annual Fund Donation Form, then mail in your gift today! Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

LAHM in My Out & About Magazine

The Los Altos History Museum was voted the best museum for Silicon Valley and the Coast by readers of My Out & About Magazine in their annual "What Do Locals Love" ballot!

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Virtual tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House

Check out the virtual tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House on YouTube done by the Library: 3 chapters! Watch below or click here.

 

County History Today is a video series that highlights points of interest and historical sites in Santa Clara County, California. This video is the first part of a series of three videos that showcases the J. Gilbert Smith House in the City of Los Altos, CA.

Support LAHM through AmazonSmile!

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Snoopy Plate from California Association of Museums

Did you know that Snoopy supports museums like the Los Altos History Museum? Pre-order a Snoopy license plate here and support all California museums! Once 7,500 license plates are sold, a new museum grant program will be established by the state. Plus, how cute will Snoopy look on your car!

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