Seniors Answer Teens’ Questions in Museum Program

By March 22, 2022Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Mar 22, 2022) What are teenagers curious about when it comes to older people? What was it like growing up as a young person decades ago, and what’s better about being a teen now as opposed to then? The answers to these questions and others will be the subject of Los Altos History Museum‘s program “Everything Old is New Again,” held in person and on Zoom, Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

High school students who participated in the Museum’s Teen Docent Program will conduct one-on-one conversations with some of the seniors featured in the Museum’s current exhibition, “Every Wrinkle Tells a Story: Intertwining Lives.” The exhibition of black-and-white photographs by artist Maud Daujean showcases local seniors who share, in taped interviews, their experiences living in early Silicon Valley, and how it has changed through the years.

With the idea that every generation can learn from previous generations, the format of the program allows Teen Docents the opportunity to ask questions of 65- to 90-year-old residents through casual conversation. The public is invited to eavesdrop, or join in on the conversations with their own inquiries. For those attending on Zoom, questions may be asked via the chat function.

“The Museum’s vision is to be the premier local center for intergenerational and intercultural connections. This program is a jumping-off point for opening the dialogue between generations,” said Museum Educator Georgianna Shea. “There are misconceptions between what older people think about younger people, and vice-versa. This program will bring to light what we have in common, and the similarities between what we are experiencing now, and what has happened in the past. Everything old is new again when it comes to the cyclical nature of fads, ideas, and life’s challenges.”

“Every Wrinkle Tells a Story” is on display in the Museum’s main gallery through May 8, 2022. Maud Daujean’s book, “Faces of Los Altos (Every Wrinkle Tells a Story)” is available to purchase at the Museum’s Store. To register for “Everything Old is New Again,” visit losaltoshistory.org/OldisNew.

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.

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

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