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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

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.

 

Bob Grimm Memorial

On May 2 friends and family gathered to celebrate and honor the life of Bob Grimm who passed away on March 21 while on vacation in Tanzania, Africa. Below is a video of the memorial service. You can also watch it by clicking here.

 

Upcoming Events

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Art/Object Photography and Lighting Workshop
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10am-2pm

Learn how to properly photograph an object or art piece in this workshop with Richard Dischler Photo Workshops and Keeble & Shuchat Photography. Richard and his staff will teach you how to effectively and appropriately light your object without the need for professional equipment. Bring one object/photo/art piece to photograph. Please limit the dimension of the object/art piece to 12" in length, 12" in width, 4" in height and around 3 pounds in weight. Limited to 20 students. Fee: $29. Register with Grace at 650-948-9427 x14.

Photo by Charles Mujie

Death and Life of an Object
Thursday, August 27, 7pm
Join us at the Mountain View Library for a discussion about the meanings embedded in historical and everyday materials and the ways artists have used them in creative expression. Marianne Lettieri is a visual artist who works with cultural artifacts and common objects. Her mixed media constructions incorporate visual metaphors such as architectural fragments, ephemera, clothing, and tools to explore life's preoccupations and the shared human desire to remember.

Train Days!
September 19-20

Exhibit Program:
Thursday, September 24, evening
Panel of California Artists discuss working with history. In collaboration with the California Historical Society. $5 LAHM/CHS members, $10 non-members; registration required.

MoonFest!
Sunday, September 27
Multi-country celebration of this festive fall holiday. (children's craft workshop) multiple groups

Ohlone Day
Sunday, October 4 (tentative)

Catch the Spirit returns!
Sunday, November 8, Noon-4pm

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.

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Bookmark the Los Altos History Museum AmazonSmile page and use it every time you shop at Amazon.com. By using this link, 0.5% of your eligible purchase total will benefit the Los Altos History Museum.

 

 

 

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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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