Los Altos History Museum Hosts Symposium on Influential Women of Color

By February 12, 2019February 13th, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (February 12, 2019) Inspired by the life and times of 19th-century figure Juana Briones, Los Altos History Museum‘s day-long symposium, “Negotiating Boundaries: Women of Color in Northern California History,” explores the lives of influential women who helped shape our communities. Scholars will share original research and analysis to give greater social context to these women’s lives. The symposium, co-sponsored by the History Club of Foothill College, will be held on the college campus Saturday, March 2nd, from 10am to 3:30pm, with a closing reception at Los Altos History Museum from 4-5pm.

Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera, is the first bilingual exhibition mounted by the Museum, and features Juana as a woman who stood up for her rights during a time of political change. “The exhibit is unique for bringing together high school students, educators, and local community leaders,” said Dr. Perlita Dicochea, Exhibition Co-Curator. “This symposium carries on that tradition but digs deeper, inspiring scholars and the public to see Northern California history in a way that is thought-provoking and empowering.”

“The History Club at Foothill College is very proud to co-sponsor a symposium that showcases the lasting impact that women of color, such as Juana Briones, have had in our community,” said Dominick Lanni, president of the History Club of Foothill College.

The panelists of regional experts include:

  • Dr. Albert Camarillo, Leon Sloss Jr. Memorial Professor, Emeritus, Stanford University
  • Dr. Erika Pérez, Associate Professor from the University of Arizona
  • Dr. Damian Bacich, San José State University
  • Dr. María Villaseñor, CSU Monterey Bay
  • Dr. Kyle Livie, Ohlone College
  • Dr. Samuel Connell, Foothill College
  • Dr. Christine Fernandez, CSU Monterey Bay
  • Dr. Perlita Dicochea, Los Altos History Museum
  • Tickets for the symposium include a lunch option. To purchase tickets, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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 collections, permanent 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