History Museum Looks to the Past and Future in New Exhibition about Food

By April 10, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (April 10, 2019) – From foraging to farming, harvesting to canning, TV dinners to plant-based meat, the food we grow, prepare, and eat has changed over the years. How what we eat impacts our culture, shapes lives, and affects the planet is the subject of Los Altos History Museum’s new exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” on display May 2 – September 8, 2019.

“Silicon Valley is known for innovation in so many technological ways, but in this exhibit, we want to bring to light the innovations made here that changed the diet of people all around the world, and innovations made elsewhere that changed our diet,” said Dr. Amy Ellison, Exhibition Curator. “By touring the exhibition, visitors can relive some of their own experiences working in a cannery or picking fruit in the orchards, or remembering the kinds of food we ate in the 50s, 60s, and other eras.”

Laid out in four sections, the exhibition will cover:

  • “The Valley of Heart’s Delight”- the orchards, canneries, and agricultural practices that make up our heritage
  • “Conveniences in the Kitchen” – post-war changes and the turn toward more convenient ways of cooking, eating, and storing food
  • “Diversity of Cuisine” – a celebration of our community, restaurants, and the variety of foods we eat
  • “The Future of Food” – today’s food movements and new food technologies under development

The exhibition will feature stories of current residents who worked in the orchards and canneries, and change-makers, such as Thomas Foon Chew, the son of a Chinese immigrant, who became one of the most successful cannery owners in the state due to the innovations he implemented.

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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