History Museum Offers Online Programs

By September 1, 2020Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (September 1, 2020) In support of its outdoor exhibition, “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” Los Altos History Museum offers a series of free programs on the Zoom platform. The programs delve into the history of voting rights, current challenges, and women in politics.

Elected Women Speak Up,” a conversation with Los Altos’ elected officials—the only all-women city council in California—is slated for Sept 12th at 5pm. Moderated by Vicki Reeder, the panel of women will discuss what motivated and inspired them to run for office, share their experiences serving on the council, and offer advice for young women passionate about local government, public service and leadership.

“Women’s Suffrage in Santa Clara County” is scheduled for Sept 17th at noon. Dr. Margo Horn, Lecturer in the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford, will speak about the fight for women’s right to vote in California. A member of the Los Altos Historical Commission, Dr. Horn will also share stories about local suffragists who helped to win this fight.

Race and the Suffrage Movement” features Foothill College historian Dolores Davison taking a deeper look at the shortcomings of the suffrage movement and who was left out. Held on Nov 10th at noon.

Rise Up!” is an exhibition celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage, displayed in photographs and text along the wrap-around porch of the J. Gilbert Smith House. Visitors may browse the exhibition daily.

“The exhibit emphasizes how difficult the fight for women’s equality was, and still is,” said Exhibition Curator Dr. Amy Ellison. “The way women experienced inequality, and the way they chose to fight back, varied greatly. We wanted our programs to delve deeper into these varied experiences—what did the fight look like for our local suffragists? What additional obstacles did suffragists of color face? What drives women today to run for office and continue the fight for equality as elected officials?”

While the indoor Museum remains closed during COVID-19, outdoor operations have resumed with docents on hand Thurs-Sun, noon-4pm. An outside mini-store is also available selling suffrage-themed items, among other items, from 1-3pm those same days. Per County guidelines, visitors must wear masks and maintain social distancing. To register for the programs, visit losaltoshistory.org/RiseUp!

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 indoor Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are currently closed. The outdoor exhibits 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 losaltoshistory.org or 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