Tours of Historic J. Gilbert Smith House Focus on History of Valentine’s Day

By January 29, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (January 29, 2019)  Love is in the Air when Los Altos History Museum offers special tours of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House with a Valentine’s Day theme on Saturday, February 9th at 10am and 11:30am. Deputy Director Heather Farquhar will discuss the history of Valentine’s Day and its customs on these free tours. Reservations required at

“Love is a universal emotion that has evolved over time and place to embody different romantic ideals,” said Farquhar. “What romantic words would J. Gilbert Smith have told his wife Margaret? Where and when did Valentine’s Day originate, and how does the holiday reflect society’s views about romantic conduct, consumerism, humor, and social inclusion? We’ll cover it all in these guided tours.”

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.

Media Contact:

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