Los Altos History Museum Captures the Holiday Spirit with Music and Merriment

By October 25, 2018Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 25, 2018) – The Los Altos History Museum rings in the holiday season with live music, an author showcase, and tasty treats at a free Catch the Spirit event November 14 from 12-4pm. The J. Gilbert Smith House will be decked out for a historic Christmas, with home-baked goodies served on the porch. Visitors are invited to shop the Museum’s boutique for holiday treasures and bring new, unwrapped children’s pajamas, books and toys to fill the Community Service Agency donation box

In the Museum gallery, the choral group Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will sing carols at 1pm. At 1:30pm, six local authors will showcase their work. The authors include:

Robin Chapman, author of Historic Bay Area Visionaries (History Press 2018), tells tales of six fascinating people from California history you will want to meet. Robin will also act as moderator of the author’s panel.

Writer Gayle Greene, tells a personal story in Missing Persons: A Memoir(University of Nevada Press 2017). As a way of mourning her mother’s death, she has woven together her own story with her mother’s life, setting the book during the years when the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” was transformed to Silicon Valley.

Lynne Noel will speak about the book she co-authored, The Grammie Guide: Activities and Answers for Grandparenting Today(Tell-A-Gram Publishing LLC 2012). This bighearted guide helps transform Mom into Grandma, with information that will also help Grandpa, too.

Jan Rindfleisch, author of Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community(Ginger Press 2017), presents a behind-the-scenes look at the development of arts and culture in the South Bay, tracing our artistic roots back to the ancestral Ohlone, Juana Briones, Marjorie Eaton, and their modern-day heirs.

Waltner Soellner is the author of An Incident in Africa(Walter Soellner 2018). This novel tells the story of Markus Mathais, a German soldier who survived World War I fighting for Germany in Africa, and who struggles to return to normal life among political upheaval, economic hardship, and the consequences of a terrible crime.

Gisela Zebroski is the author of the novel Selfie Sideways(CreateSpace 2018), a memoir that is a coming-of-age story which mirrors the author’s road from spoiled rich kid to refugee and immigrant to California.

The Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org