History Museum Hosts a 1920s-Themed Signature Fundraiser

By December 7, 2021Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Dec 7, 2021) They’re putting on the ritz at Los Altos History Museum with a Roaring 20s-themed signature fundraising event titled “Dancing through the Decades: Entertaining the 20s,” set for February 5, 2022 from 5:30-10:30pm.


The Museum will be dolled up with period artifacts from the collection, and transformed with an art-deco-themed tent where a classic silent film will show, and a red carpet rolled out to greet guests. Top Shelf Big Band will play tunes from the twenties, and dancers from Areté Dance Center will kick off the dancing with the Charleston. Guests may bid on 1920s-themed auction items, sip wine and cocktails at the speakeasy, and dine on dishes provided by local caterers, supper-club style.


According to Fundraising Committee Chair Kelly Davis, the event will kick off a new tradition for the Museum, replacing the popular Crab Feed as a fundraiser. “We wanted to come up with a festive theme we could build upon each year. Focusing on bygone time periods provided that foundation. And by trying something new, we hope to attract people who haven’t been involved in the Museum before.”


Proceeds support the Museum’s general operating expenses for exhibitions, programs, events, collections, facilities and staff. A special fund-a-need opportunity will raise funds for a unique component of the reimagined permanent exhibition, the cornerstone of the Museum’s exhibitions. Now in development, the new permanent exhibition will feature cutting-edge technology for an immersive and interactive experience, featuring place-based storytelling and object-based learning. “At the Signature Fundraiser, guests will see renderings of the project,” Davis said. The exhibition is slated to open in early 2023.


“Dancing through the Decades” will be held in strict compliance with SCC COVID-19 regulations in effect on Feb 5th. Guests are invited to dress in 1920s attire. Ticket price is $185, with an early bird price of $150 until January 1. Buy tickets at losaltoshistory.org/Decades20s or 650-948-9427.


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 is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours subject to docent availability. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.


Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org