History Museum Hosts a Virtual Story Circle

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LOS ALTOS, CA (April 2, 2020) In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits are finding creative ways to engage and interact with their community. As part of its mission to gather and present compelling stories, Los Altos History Museum will hold an online Story Circle for participants to share their experience of resilience during this unique moment in history. The event will be offered through the Zoom platform on Thursday, April 16 at 4pm.

“Story Circles have been used in diverse settings, from screen writers studios to student activist groups, as a way to tap into our natural, human desire to share experiences,” said Executive Director Dr. Elisabeth Ward. “People gather together—traditionally in a room and seated in a circle—to tell their own story about a single topic. After listening to each story, participants then discuss common themes running throughout the stories.”

There is no need to prepare in advance; these will be spontaneous anecdotes, up to four minutes in length. Dr. Ward will facilitate, along with the Museum’s Exhibition Curator Dr. Amy Ellison and long-time board member Jane Reed.

“This is a great way to process collective memory, while increasing empathy and understanding as a community,” said Ward. “We plan to preserve the recording of this event in our permanent collection for future historians to reference.”

To participate in the Story Circle and for the Zoom link, register online at losaltoshistory.org/storycircle

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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