History Museum Celebrates Language Diversity with Bilingual Film Screening

By January 28, 2020Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (January 28, 2020) Los Altos History Museum observes International Mother Language Day with a screening of the Japanese documentary “Paper Lanterns,” followed by messages of peace in languages from around the world, Friday, Feb 21st, 5-7pm.

International Mother Language Day was approved in 2000 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, and to preserve languages before they disappeared.

“At the Los Altos History Museum, we know that language carries so much of our international art and culture,” said Dr. Elisabeth Ward, Executive Director. “Last year, we participated for the first time in this annual event, sharing poems in our native tongues. Everyone enjoyed hearing languages ranging from Mongolian to French, all right here in our local community.”

This year’s theme is Peace Around the World. The Museum invites the community to share messages of peace in their native language. Attendees will receive an English translation and enjoy food and drinks from around the world. “Los Altos residents possess a global perspective, having moved here from other parts of the world or having traveled to other countries. This event is meant to appreciate our international heritage,” said Ward.

Paper Lanterns” follows Shigeaki Mori, a resident of Hiroshima and atomic bomb survivor, as he tracks down the stories of 12 American Prisoners of War who perished, along with tens of thousands of Japanese, in the attack. His journey to bring closure and solace to the families of these POWs is one of reconciliation and healing. Producer Nobuko Saito Cleary will be on hand to introduce the film.

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required at losaltoshistory.org/motherLanguageDay

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, 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