Rotarians learn about ‘Future of the Past’

By November 9, 2021November 11th, 2021In The News

By Marlene Cowen, Special to the Town Crier / Los Altos Town Crier

Los Altos History Museum executive director Elisabeth Ward highlighted “The Future of the Past” in her Oct. 28 presentation to the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

More than 80 Rotarians – many in Halloween costumes – attended the lunch gathering on the museum’s patio, the first in-person club meeting in 18 months.

Ward, an anthropologist who earned master’s and doctorate degrees from UC Berkeley, cited examples of how the COVID pandemic has affected the audience’s history. From an anthropological point of view, she explained that groups based on gender, class and race tend to evolve, changing interests and actions. Today, we may ask, “Why did my ancestors do that?” She noted the answer is not always pretty.

For instance, …cont.

Elisabeth Ward, executive director of the Los Altos History Museum, speaks at a special outdoor Rotary Club meeting at the museum. Photo by Steve Pomeroy/Rotary Club of Los Altos.