Presents from the Past on Display at the Historic J. Gilbert Smith House

By October 23, 2018Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 23, 2018) The Los Altos History Museum opens a holiday-themed exhibit for young and old of Christmas gifts from yesteryear. On display November 8th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019 in the J. Gilbert Smith House, “Presents from the Past: A Look Back at Christmas Gift-Giving,” features a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes, and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by. The Smith House will be trimmed in 1930s holiday decor.

According to Pinky Whelan, exhibit curator, “Older people will enjoy reminiscing when they see the items on display, and the young will be curious.” Some of the pieces come from Diane Simmons, who shared her Raggedy Ann and Andy collection in a popular holiday exhibit at the Smith House two years ago.

The exhibit, guided by docents, is free to the public, and will be open during Museum hours, Thursdays – Sundays, 12-4pm.

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:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,