LOS ALTOS, CA (January 26, 2021) – In an effort to provide students with a safe educational experience during the pandemic, Los Altos History Museum mounted a virtual field trip of its current exhibition, “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage.” Made possible through a grant from the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy, the virtual tour is geared to 5th graders, whose curriculum includes American history and democracy.
“Our goal was to make an educational resource that was easy for teachers to use, and that makes suffrage more relevant and exciting for students. But we also hope that people of all ages enjoy taking the tour!” said Dr. Amy Ellison, Exhibition Curator.
Utilizing 360 imaging, students are able to navigate through the gallery, see artifacts, and read about the women’s suffrage movement, while also engaging in thought-provoking activities.
The Museum originally applied for a grant to create a traveling pop-up version of Rise Up! for schools, but pivoted to the digital format due to COVID-19. A team of current and retired educators developed the online content. The text is bilingual, to increase accessibility and serve a more diverse population of students.
“Part of what makes museums so essential is their ability to bring a community together, to provide a space where people can learn about and celebrate the varied and diverse stories that make up our history and our present,” said Ellison. “We worked hard to bring those same benefits to our community using a digital platform. We’re grateful to the Office of Women’s Policy for their support in making this possible.”
The virtual tour is available to view on the Museum’s website at losaltoshistory.org/exhibit/rise-up/
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 gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: www.losaltoshistory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.
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