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Panel discusses historical contributions of local African Americans

Allyson Johnson, Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier Last week’s panel discussion, “Conversations and Reflections: The African-American Experience in Santa Clara County,” offered a comprehensive overview of the vital, but often overlooked contributions of local African Americans.  The event, presented Jan. 18 at the Los Altos History Museum, featured author Jan Batiste Adkins, documentary producer Kathy Cotton and…
January 24, 2024
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Heritage orchard to grow by 300 apricot trees as city, museum ready installation

Town Crier Staff Report/Los Altos Town Crier Los Altos residents will soon be seeing firsthand the progress of Los Altos leaders’ efforts to restore a landmark heritage apricot orchard at the city’s civic center. Approximately 300 young Blenheim apricot trees are ready for planting in the city’s 10-acre orchard surrounding the city hall. A new drip irrigation system has been…
January 16, 2024
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Expert panel will recognize, celebrate African American contributions to Silicon Valley

Town Crier Report/Los Altos Town Crier To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  Los Altos History Museum is hosting “Conversations and Reflections: The African American Experience in Santa Clara County,” from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 18. A panel of experts will discuss the often-overlooked contributions made by African Americans to the business and cultural development of Silicon Valley, persevering despite deliberate barriers.…
January 10, 2024
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Museum exhibition explores the history of Los Altos street names

Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier Street names narrate the history of a neighborhood, telling stories of its past, landmarks and early residents. Unraveling this history has become a labor of love for two volunteers on the Los Altos History Museum’s Collections Committee and the topic of a new exhibition, “What’s in a Name? History of Los Altos…
January 3, 2024
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Essay contest aims to capture students’ local family history

Town Crier Report/Los Altos Town Crier The Los Altos History Museum and the city of Los Altos are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest, aimed at students in grades 3-6. The contest begins Jan. 8 and encourages students to explore their family’s pathway to California in the context of the museum’s exhibition “El Camino Real:…
December 12, 2023
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Orchard gets face-lift as museum collaborates with new orchardist

Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier A transformation is underway at the Los Altos Heritage Orchard, as pruning and planting activities, combined with the installation of a drip irrigation system, are breathing new life into the historical landmark. At the helm of the projects is the Los Altos History Museum’s Orchard Commons Committee, led by chairperson Jane Packard and Terence…
December 5, 2023
Clyde Coombs is presented with his Oral History by Oral History Committee interviewer, Patti White.In The News

History Museum Launches Oral History Project Online

Town Crier Report/Los Altos Town Crier Local history comes to life through the voices and memories of residents recorded for the Los Altos History Museum’s oral history project. The museum has made audio excerpts of 50 of the oral histories available to the public for online listening. Since the 1990s, museum volunteers have been conducting interviews with residents, capturing their personal insights, experiences and…
November 15, 2023
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Block party celebrates Gemello neighborhood, legendary winery

Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier Before Google and other high-tech companies became symbols of the area, the Gemello ranch and winery stood as the heart of the orchard-filled community of Mountain View from the 1930s to the 1980s. The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to explore the history of what is now known as the Gemello neighborhood…
November 7, 2023