History Museum Goes Retro with ‘50s Fundraiser

By January 23, 2024Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Jan 23, 2024) Los Altos History Museum is excited to announce its upcoming fundraising extravaganza, “Dancing through the Decades: The Nifty ‘50s.” This signature event invites patrons to step into the past for an unforgettable evening of dining, dancing, and philanthropy, held on Saturday, March 23, from 6pm to 10pm.


“Dancing through the Decades is the Museum’s only fundraising event,” said Dr. Elisabeth Ward, Executive Director. “While we’ve previously celebrated the elegance of the 1920s and 1960s, this year, the committee aimed for a touch of humor and revelry with a 1950s theme. The 1950s is central to the history of our area, marked by the incorporation of the City of Los Altos and the Town of Los Altos Hills, as well as the growth of our local neighborhoods. Therefore, it’s a fitting decade for us to commemorate.”


Headed by a committee of volunteers led by Pilar Parducci and Jung Yoon, the event is designed to transport guests to the nostalgia of the ‘50s. The experience includes fun facts and artifacts from the era, capturing a time marked by Clint’s Ice Cream, car hops at A&W Root Beer, TV dinners, hula hoops, and cruising El Camino Real.


The festivities kick off with a lively social hour featuring passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a silent auction. Heirloom Catering Company from Belmont will provide a delicious dinner. Sweetening the evening, Lá Jawab Treats, founded by Los Altos kid entrepreneurs Naiel and Punhal Chaudry—whose Naiel won the Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship, season 1—will provide dessert. A live auction will follow, including a special Fund-A-Need campaign dedicated to raising funds for the Museum’s changing exhibits. The night concludes with everyone shaking, rattling, and rolling to the tunes of the 1950s.


“The organizing committee has done a masterful job gathering exciting auction items, and we are so grateful for the many businesses and individuals who have generously sponsored this event. Their support ensures that this evening will sustain the Museum’s operations for the year ahead, funding our changing exhibits, supporting our dedicated staff, and preserving thousands of artifacts and photographs in our Collection,” said Dr. Ward.


Guests are encouraged to embrace the event’s theme by dressing in 1950s attire. Major corporate sponsors include Smythe & Cross, Anne Wojcicki Foundation, Edward Jones/Cynthia Wemyss, Rainmaker Real Estate/Alex Wang, and The Agency: Judy and Cindy Bogard-Tanigami.


Early bird tickets are available at $195 through February 23, with prices increasing to $235 after that date. Seating is limited, so act quickly. Register online at losaltoshistory.org/Nifty50s/ or call 650-948-9427 x 12. The Museum will be closed during the day on March 23 in preparation for the fundraiser.


Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House, built in 1905 on 14+ acres of apricot orchards planted by Mr. Smith. In 2001, Los Altos History Museum opened the 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