Old-Fashioned Holiday Festivities at Museum

By October 25, 2022May 2nd, 2023Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Oct 25, 2022) Los Altos History Museum invites the public to “Catch the Spirit” of the holidays with music, tasty treats, and boutique shopping on Wednesday, November 16 from noon-4pm.


Attendees may tour the historic J. Gilbert Smith House decorated for a 1930s Christmas, enjoy home-baked sweet and savory goodies on the porch, and shop for unique gifts in two boutiques. From 1:15-1:45pm, choral group Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will sing seasonal tunes in the Museum’s courtyard.


“Catch the Spirit raises money for the Museum’s exhibits and programs, and brings the community together for a nice start to the holiday season,” said Store Manager and Board Secretary Vicki Holman. “We have gift items for all ages, from stocking stuffers to beautiful coffee table books. Our prices remain low, but the quality is high!”


Shoppers may also purchase books by Wallace Stegner, the subject of the Museum’s outdoor exhibit, “Wallace Stegner: A Path to Conservation.” A marked pathway around the perimeter of the Museum guides visitors from post to post where they can read exhibit panels, and access on their smart devices videos and recordings of Stegner and those who knew him.


Catch the Spirit was originally held for Museum members only, but later opened up for everyone to enjoy. “What’s unique about this event is that it’s more than just shopping, we also provide free entertainment and treats,” said Holman. “It’s the Museum’s way of giving back to the community.”


Catch the Spirit is free to attend, but contributions of gift cards or non-perishable food for the Community Service Agency donation box at the Museum is appreciated. Parking limited; carpooling advised. Learn more at losaltoshistory.org/CatchTheSpirit2022.


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