Museum Exhibit Highlights the History of Hams

By December 3, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (December 3, 2019) Los Altos History Museum serves up “Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now,” a historical perspective on how radio hobbyists help keep neighborhoods safe during disasters, in an exhibit appearing in the J. Gilbert Smith House through January 5, 2020.

The exhibit features ham radio equipment through the years, and archival photos of hams and local volunteers. Visitors will learn more about what hams do, how they communicate with each other, the equipment they use, and how they keep our community safe.

“Ham radio operators have volunteered to keep our community safe for a very long time,” said Dr. Amy Ellison, Exhibition Curator. “They work behind the scenes to help during disasters and big community events, and their work often goes unrecognized. In this season of being thankful, we wanted to show our gratitude through this exhibit.”

The Museum’s main exhibition on emergency preparedness, titled “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” is on display in the main gallery through January 19, 2020. Both exhibits are free to the public, and open Thurs-Sun, noon to 4pm.

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:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,