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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.

Recent Events

2012 Hawaiian Lu'au

With plenty of Hawaiian shirts, 150 museum members and guests enjoyed a beautiful night on the island of Los Altos. The menu included a 79 pound whole pig and lots of homemade desserts and mai tai's. A special treat was a performance by Na Mamo No'eau that included traditional hula and polynesian dancing. Photos courtesy of Diane Claypool.

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2011 Volunteer Recognition Party and Meeting of the Members

new board membersWith no rain and plenty of food, June 2 saw a wonderful party on the museum patio. The evening began with the election of officers and new directors to the board and concluded with a festive celebration of our outstanding volunteers. We also commemorated ten years of the “new” museum, with a special award from State Senator Joe Simitian, and all the volunteers who made it possible. Image of new board members (left to right) Anne Roberts, Dan Haley, and Karen Purtich, courtesy of Clyde Noel.

2011 Fashion Show is Unforgettable!

Ladies enjoyed a tasteful luncheon at the University Club, followed by a variety of fashions from local retailers. Many of our very own History Museum volunteers enjoyed the spotlight as lovely models during the show. Here are some images from the event, courtesy of Ed Taft.

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Shoup Centennial Celebration:

At the Shoup Centennial Celebration, a "once in a century celebration," guests enjoyed an evening of history and fun. Proceeds from the Shoup Centennial will benefit our original changing exhibits and our popular 3rd & 4th grade education programs for all Los Altos schools (public & private), and the historical essay contest for 3rd-6th graders. Click here to read more and enjoy the images below, courtesy of Phil Rose.

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Train Days Spark Fun and Wonder:

Following the success of its 2009 debut, Train Days 2010 returned to the Los Altos History Museum for two days of train‐filled fun celebrating the joy and wonder of trains and model railroading. Don't miss the train next year, become a member and receive advance notice of this exciting event! Images courtesy of Bill Jennings.

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Teddy Bear Picnic is Fun For All:

The Teddy Bear Picnic was a wonderful success. Kids of all ages enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with games, prizes, food and fun! Thank you to everyone who attended, and to the wonderful volunteers who made this all happen!

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