30 Years After Loma Prieta, History Museum’s New Exhibit Looks Back and Ahead

By September 24, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (September 24, 2019) Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with The City of Los Altos, marks the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake with the opening of its exhibition, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display October 17 – January 19. The exhibition reflects on the stories of lives shaken by disasters in the area, and ways the community has worked together to prepare for natural disasters in the future. In a series of free workshops, families and individuals will learn how to protect themselves and their pets against earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and other acts of nature at home and work.

“It was so inspiring to work with and learn about all the volunteers in our community who we can rely on in an emergency,” said Dr. Amy Ellison, who co-curated the exhibition with Ann Hepenstal, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the City of Los Altos. “Hearing residents’ stories about the impact Loma Prieta had on their lives was moving and powerful. We hope this exhibit will encourage people to get prepared if they aren’t already, and take steps to make sure their families are safe in the event of a natural disaster.”

Related programming includes:

  • Opening reception, Oct. 20th, 2-5pm. Climb aboard fire trucks and rescue vehicles, and meet first responders and community leaders at this kick-off event.
  • Water Safety and Reliability Workshop, Oct. 23rd, 7-8:30pm. Cal Water shares the importance of our community’s water supply and how to be prepared for an emergency.
  • Pet Preparedness Workshop, Nov. 2nd, 9am-12pm. Learn how to take care of dogs, cats, and other pets during an emergency.
  • Emergency Volunteer Appreciation Night, Nov. 14th, 5:30-7pm. Be inspired by local neighborhood leaders’ plans to increase community safety and resilience.
  • Holiday Safety Workshop, Dec. 11th, 7-8:30pm. From lightbulbs to ladders, make sure your family knows how to stay safe throughout the season.
  • Be Prepared for the Big One, Jan. 11th, 10am-3pm. Take a ride on the Big Shaker, the world’s biggest mobile earthquake simulator, and experience what an earthquake feels like.

Space is limited and registration is required for all programs, except the opening reception, at losaltoshistory.org.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of California Water Service and Los Altos Community Foundation.

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