History Museum Unveils Renovated Tank House

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LOS ALTOS, CA (March 3, 2020) Paying homage to our agricultural history, Los Altos History Museum unveils their newly-renovated historic Tank House in a ceremony on Saturday, March 21st, 2-5pm. The presentation is part of the opening reception for the Museum’s exhibition, “In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte,” on display through June 21st, 2020.

“In 2018, the Los Altos History Museum received a generous Historic Preservation Grant from the County of Santa Clara to restore the 110-year-old Tank House, which had begun to leak. We are so glad it will now last for another 100 years,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Dr. Elisabeth Ward. “Tank Houses are a symbol of the time-honored tradition of working the land that cuts across every cultural heritage. We are proud to be showing photographs of contemporary agricultural workers in our main gallery.”

In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte” is a bilingual exhibition featuring the work of photojournalist David Bacon accompanied by the personal narratives of migrant farm workers. Having spent over three decades documenting the lives of these workers, David Bacon brought to the general public the story of where our food comes from and who harvests it. The exhibition is produced in partnership with the California Rural Legal Assistance, the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations, and History San José; and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.

The opening reception includes remarks by Dr. Ward at 3:15pm, followed by members of The Garden Club of Los Altos, Canopy, and the Museum’s Garden Committee tossing a ceremonial shovel of dirt around the planting of a new heritage apricot tree. Guests will enjoy music by Blue Flamingo Quartet, catered snacks from Handheld Catering and wine samples from Tank House Winery.

Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org/inthefieldsopening

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.

Media Contact: Marketing@losaltoshistory.org

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org

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