Los Altos History Museum Invites Participants to International Mother Language Day

By February 5, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (February 5, 2019) – Celebrate a love of language on International Mother Language Day at Los Altos History Museum, Thursday, February 21st from 6-8pm. Community members of all ages are invited to tell stories, recite poems, or sing songs in their mother tongue around the theme of love, either their own composition or from a published work, in this family-friendly event. Preference is given to works that will be shared in both English and a language that represents the diversity of Silicon Valley. For details about format and how to share a work, visit the Museum’s website. The event is free to the public and anyone can come listen.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) first announced International Mother Language Day in 1999 to raise awareness of multilingualism and multiculturalism and preserve all languages used globally.

“In recent years, Los Altos has enjoyed greater and greater linguistic diversity as residents move here from all over the world,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Elisabeth Ward. “Our current Juana Briones exhibit is the Museum’s first bilingual exhibition; we want to give residents the opportunity to use their mother tongue, whether Spanish or some other language. Come learn from your neighbors as we demonstrate the many languages spoken in the area.”

The event is free, but RSVPs are required at 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 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