Rise Up!

August 2020 through January 2021

Main Gallery

One hundred years ago, the 19th amendment was ratified, and women were finally granted the right to vote in the United States. The fight didn’t end in 1920, however, and the struggle for women’s equality continues here and around the world. Curated by museum staff and an advisory council of women’s rights advocates, this exhibition tells the stories of local women leading the fight for equality from 1920 to today.

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In the Fields of the North

19 Mar 2020 through 19 Aug 2020

Main Gallery

Traveling with migrant workers as the fruit and harvest season moves from the Mexican border to Washington state, the exhibition sheds light on the basic questions: How much do we know about the lives of the people who feed us? Where do they live? How does it feel to do some of the hardest repetitive labor imaginable? And, what answers do farm workers themselves have to end their poverty and endless migration?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering this exhibit in an online format.

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The Photography of J. Gilbert Smith

16 Jan 2020 through 20 Sep 2020

J. Gilbert Smith House

J. Gilbert Smith is best known as an orchardist and builder, but he was also an avid photographer. Whether camping in Yosemite, hiking at Big Sur, or wandering through the blossoming orchards of the Santa Clara Valley, J. Gilbert Smith captured the beauty of California’s diverse landscapes.

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Ham for the Holidays

20 Nov 2019 through 5 Jan 2020

J. Gilbert Smith House

‘Tis the season for giving thanks, and around the holidays we are especially grateful for our local amateur radio operators. Known as “hams,” these volunteers help keep our community safe throughout the year at regular public events and during times of crisis. In this exhibit, learn more about the history of hams and how a fun hobby can also keep our neighborhoods prepared and resilient.

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Gallery 9

30 Jan 2020 through 8 Mar 2020

Main Gallery

In 1970, nine local women decided to pursue their passion and establish a cooperative art gallery. Fifty years later, we look back at the history of Los Altos' oldest art gallery and explore the work of today's artists who continue to find inspiration in the town and beyond.

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Our Community Prepares

17 Oct 2019 through 19 Jan 2020

Main Gallery

On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the Bay Area. As the 30th anniversary approaches, we reflect on how natural disasters have shaken our lives and how our resilient community has come together to rebuild. Are we ready for the next one?

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