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Blog Archives | Los Altos History Museum

Orchard Discovery Walk

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Eager to discover the many species that benefit from the green space protected as our Heritage Apricot Orchard, a dozen folks joined me on a Saturday in April for the last in a series of guided orchard walks. They helped put the orchard on the map in the worldwide City Nature Challenge hosted by iNaturalist on this weekend following Earth…

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The Little Orchard That Could

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Growing up in Los Altos, I heard from my parents many times that the apricot orchard surrounding City Hall was protected. The trees would serve to remind future generations of the millions of fruit trees that once filled this valley and fed untold millions of people around the world. During the years I worked as a television journalist in Washington,…

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Margaret Thompson Essay Contest Enjoys Another Successful Year

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The Museum teams with the City of Los Altos Historical Commission annually to offer the Margaret Thompson Essay Contest—open to students in grades 3-6 in the Los Altos School District. May 2009, marked the 25th anniversary of this event, and Margaret Thompson wanted to do something special to celebrate the milestone. She suggested a 25th Anniversary trophy to be engraved…

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History Museum Joins Sunbeam Foundation in Raising Funds to Beat Ewing Sarcoma

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We live in the Valley of Heart’s Delight, surrounding ourselves with technology, innovation, fertile soil and temperate climate, an open door to success. I’ve nurtured my own heart’s delight here as a member of the Sunbeam Foundation, an organization aimed at finding a cure for Ewing Sarcoma, a dreadful children’s cancer. For the last eight years, the foundation’s major fundraiser,…

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Orchardist Phil Doetsch Shares Love of Tending Fruit Trees

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Love of the orchard as well as concern for a healthy environment shone through the dialogue between orchardist Phil Doetsch and about 33 citizens who joined him for a walk in our heritage apricot orchard on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Drawing on personal experience working in his dad’s orchard, Phil helped us better understand the adjustments in agricultural practices needed…

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