Museum to Focus on Race and Suffrage

By October 27, 2020February 3rd, 2021Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 27, 2020) – Los Altos History Museum hosts Dolores Davison, Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Foothill College, in a talk entitled “Race and the Suffrage Movement,” held on the Zoom platform, Nov 10 at noon.  

“100 years ago, after years of struggle, women in the United States received the right to vote. While some of the leaders of that movement have been universally recognized, others have been ignored or dismissed, including most women of color,” said Davison. “As the US continues to struggle with questions of systemic racism, it is imperative that the roles and sacrifices of women suffragettes of color receive their due; this talk is an attempt to start that process.”  

The Museum’s current exhibition, “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” highlights the stories of suffragists nationwide and in the Bay Area who fought against inequality, and addresses the problem of historically marginalized groups who continue to struggle today. The exhibition is on display in the Museum’s Main Gallery and has been extended through February 21, 2021.

To register for the online program, visit

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 is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The J. Gilbert Smith House remains closed. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information visit or email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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