Spirits Return: Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive

By September 30, 2015Press Releases

Los Altos History Museum Remembers Loved Ones Who Have Passed on in New Show Opening October 29, 2015

The Los Altos History Museum’s new exhibit, Spirits Return: Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive, will open on October 29, 2015 and is a multi-cultural look at how we remember our loved ones who have passed on.

Human beings all over the world follow traditions by which they honor and celebrate their ancestors. In fact, the various cultures’ rituals and celebrations often share similar elements. Families may visit the graves of loved ones and bring food and drinks; they erect altars to honor the departed; and invite them to come back to visit. We also tell stories, so that those who never knew our ancestors can feel connected to their heritage, and those who did know them continue to remember. These traditions help us stay connected and cultivate a sense of identity and nurture values of family loyalty and pride.

Exhibit Reception: November 1, 2015, 4-7pm, with Mexican ballet folklόrico, Taiko drummers and Obon dancers.

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Media Contacts:

Johanna Fassbender, Collections & Exhibitions Mgr., Los Altos History Museum – 650.948.9427 x16 – jfassbender@losaltoshistory.org
Laura Bajuk, Executive Director – 650.948.9427 x10 – lbajuk@losaltoshistory.org