History Museum Celebrates Volunteers

By August 30, 2022Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (August 30, 2022) Los Altos History Museum honored its top volunteers, awarding certificates and gifts at a recent ceremony in the garden courtyard. The Chairs of eighteen committees nominated an outstanding volunteer to receive the recognition for the year, with a special award going to Pilar Parducci as Volunteer of the Year.


Parducci was singled out for her organizational skills on the Oral History and Nominating committees, and her creative abilities planning and overseeing decorations for two of the Museum’s fundraisers, including this year’s Dancing through the Decades, transforming the Museum’s courtyard into a 1920s Great Gatsby Palace.


“As a local institution, we depend on local volunteers to make the magic happen,” said Executive Director Dr. Elisabeth Ward. “Our over 200 active volunteers have fun and support one another. With the new Permanent Exhibition opening in 2023, we hope more volunteers will join our ranks to help welcome visitors to this multi-media experience.”


Pictured from left to right, the honorees and the committees they serve on are: Kristen Fuller, Public Relations; Jan Thomas, Membership; Ed Taft, Finance and IT; Mary Kuperman, Store; Marilyn Henderson, Docents; Diane Simmons, Exhibits; Pilar Parducci, Volunteer of the Year; Peggy Davis, Volunteer Development; Dave Mahler, Garden, Patti White, Oral Histories; Dick Liewer, Education; Jane Packard, Orchard Commons; Gary Hedden, Newsletter.  


Not pictured are: Molly Anderson, Collections; Sharon Barkoff, Smith House; Kelly Davis, Fundraising; Harry Guy, Facilities; Cliff Olson, Demographics; Lori Tuttle, Hospitality.


To volunteer at the Museum, visit losaltoshistory.org/volunteer.


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 exhibitsstore 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. 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