Celebrate the History of North Los Altos at Museum Event

By July 5, 2023July 6th, 2023News, Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (July 5, 2023) Residents of North Los Altos are invited to join Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming Neighborhood Block Party. This event will provide an opportunity for community members to connect with one another, explore captivating photos from the Collection of key landmarks, and share their experiences of growing up or living in the area. The celebration will take place on Thursday, July 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.


The Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, which focuses on place-based storytelling, has played a vital role in preserving the history of the local community. As part of this initiative, the museum is hosting neighborhood parties, creating a space for both new and long-term residents to come together and share stories rooted in the past, present, and future of their specific neighborhoods.


One of the highlights of the July event will be an exhibition of photos of North Los Altos, displayed on a large screen. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to witness the neighborhood’s evolution by viewing houses that have stood since as early as 1912, as well as empty lots that once held cherished homes.


“This Neighborhood Block Party is a wonderful occasion for community members to deepen their understanding of local history,” said Sophia Abarca, Curator of Collections. “Through shared experiences, we aim to foster pride and appreciation for the North Los Altos neighborhood.”


The event provides a platform for attendees to engage in conversations, share personal stories, and strengthen community connections. “We’re excited to offer this unique opportunity for residents to learn about the Sweet Shop’s history, discover intriguing tales behind street names like Spagnoli Court, and hear from people who remember the days when a mustang ranch lined Los Altos Avenue,” Abarca added.


Wine and refreshments will be served throughout the evening. Adding to the ambience, local musician Rich Shah will provide jazz melodies with his trio.


The Neighborhood Block Party will take place at the Los Altos History Museum, located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. The admission fee is $10 per person; free for Museum members.


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit losaltoshistory.org/BlockPartyNoLA.


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