Rancho Day: Celebrating the rich heritage of Los Altos

By June 1, 2022June 9th, 2022In The News

Audrey Tsai / The Talon

Colorful pieces of papel picado waved in the wind above the heads of Los Altos residents outside the Los Altos History Museum. The organization put on a celebration of Hispanic heritage in its most recent event, Rancho day: Horsemanship in the Hills. The event was complete with Mexican food, informational stations, crafting workshops and live entertainment — all aiming to raise money for the museum’s new permanent exhibition.

The museum set up informational posters with both English and Spanish translations and invited a live Spanish translator to make the event more accessible. Many of the performing groups such as Danza Colibrí and Raíces de Mexico, local dance and music groups, have mission statements that include both performing and educating others about cultural identity.

The festival mirrors the museum’s new focus on amplifying different voices, creating a space to commemorate the many cultures that have lived and grown in Los Altos. Similarly, the museum is in construction to replace the upstairs exhibit with a new one centered around the idea of place titled Making Connections: Stories of the Land…Cont.

The Los Altos History Museum is decorated with interactive stations and performances for Rancho Day: Horsemanship in the Hills. The event was designed to inform visitors about the rich history of Los Altos and its cultural background. Photo by Audrey Tsai