History Museum Holds Family Activities in Heritage Orchard

By October 15, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 15, 2019) Los Altos History Museum expands its programming to the Los Altos Heritage Orchard with two activities celebrating the end of pruning season, held on October 26.

“This is one of three remaining heritage orchards in the area,” said Jane Packard, Chair of the Museum’s Orchard Commons Committee. “These two programs are an opportunity to keep alive the stories of those who walked the orchards.”

In the morning, author Robin Chapman, who wrote “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” will share historical insights on a guided Orchard Heritage Walk, ending with lemonade and cookies on the porch of the J. Gilbert Smith House. Meet at the back door of the library at the Los Altos Heritage Orchard sign. The walk is from 11am-noon, with refreshments from noon-1pm.

In the evening, Orchardist Phil Doetsch and Foothill College Horticulturalist Frank Niccoli will teach the fine art of pruning at an Apricot Pruning and Marshmallow Roast. Participants will use pruned twigs to roast the marshmallows. “In the past, families would set up picnic blankets in the orchard, set fire to the pruned tree branches, and roast marshmallows, or, as Robin Chapman writes in her book, roast potatoes,” said Packard. “We want to recreate the experience, using Weber grills!” Meet at the Los Altos Youth Center; bring a picnic blanket and dinner if you choose. 5-7pm.

Living Classroom and Greentown Los Altos are co-sponsoring the activities. Admission is free, but reservations are required for the walk at losaltoshistory.org/orchardwalk, and for the Apricot Pruning and Marshmallow Roast at losaltoshistory.org/apricotpruning.

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, visit: 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