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Heritage Orchard Sparks Exhibition and Celebration at History Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (Sept 14, 2021) – In the midst of a historic drought, Los Altos History Museum invites the public to consider the importance and preservation of the Los Altos Heritage Orchard in an event combining art and green technology. An exhibition of apricot-themed artwork opens in the J. Gilbert Smith House with an artist meet-and-greet. A groundbreaking ceremony…
September 14, 2021
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The Art of Anna Knapp Fitz on Display at Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (August 17, 2021) – In 1921, eight-year-old Anna Knapp Fitz moved with her family to an eight-acre farm in Los Altos. As an adult, when asked what life was like in those early days, “Annie,” as she was known, picked up her paintbrush to tell the story. This self-taught artist donated 212 of her paintings to Los…
August 17, 2021
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Museum Highlights Chinese Experience During the Gold Rush

LOS ALTOS, CA (July 27, 2021) – Among the 49ers seeking their fortune in gold were young villagers sailing from Canton to Gum San, or Gold Mountain, their name for America. In a program titled “Journey to Gold Mountain: Chinese and the Gold Rush,” author and historian Connie Young Yu will talk about the life and times of early Chinese in…
July 27, 2021
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Gold Fever! Comes to History Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (July 6, 2021) – The Gold Rush sweeps into town with Los Altos History Museum's latest exhibit, “Gold Fever! Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush,” on display July 22 - August 29, 2021. Gold Rush-era photos, documents, and artifacts offer a glimpse into California before the discovery of gold over 150 years ago in the American…
July 6, 2021
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History Museum Resumes Regular Hours

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 22, 2021) – As the state of California safely reopens and lifts COVID-19 restrictions, the Los Altos History Museum returns to its regular open hours. Beginning July 1, the public may visit the Museum’s indoor galleries, train diorama and gift shop Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4pm. Tours of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House will…
June 22, 2021
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History Museum Appoints New Board Members

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 15, 2021) – Los Altos History Museum announces the election of three new members to its board of directors, and the 2021-2022 executive committee officers. Beginning their three-year term on July 1, 2021, the newly elected board members are Gerri Acers, Kelly Davis and Alex Wang. “A number of board members have termed off this year,…
June 15, 2021
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Go Green with Tips from Museum’s Online Program

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 8, 2021) – In a Zoom program hosted by Los Altos History Museum titled “Los Altos Goes Green,” a panel of experts invited by GreenTown Los Altos will discuss ways we can protect the environment and conserve natural resources for current and future generations. Slated for Thursday, June 24 at 5pm, the program supports the Museum’s…
June 8, 2021
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History Museum Offers Program on Gardening with Native Plants

LOS ALTOS, CA (May 11, 2021) – Los Altos History Museum teams up with Grassroots Ecology to offer a free program on Zoom titled “Gardening with Native Plants,” Wed, May 26, 5-6:30pm. Habitat restoration expert Deanna Giuliano from Grassroots Ecology will share tips on how to choose native plants, and what to grow to attract different insects, birds, and other…
May 11, 2021
What was life like in the 1930s? Step back in time with this virtual tour of our historic house.Press Releases

Educational Resources Available on History Museum’s Website

LOS ALTOS, CA (May 4, 2021) – As part of the 3rd- and 4th-grade curriculum, every spring, local students in public, private and homeschools make field trips to Los Altos History Museum to experience California history. Due to COVID-19, last year the Museum was forced to halt in-person tours, and many classrooms missed this educational opportunity. To make the lessons…
May 4, 2021
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Screening of “The Valley” with Filmmaker Saila Kariat hosted by Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (April 20, 2021) – In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Los Altos History Museum presents an online film-screening of “The Valley,” an artistic exploration of teen suicide, the Asian American immigrant experience and the high-achievement culture of Silicon Valley. Slated for Friday, May 7 at 7pm, the viewing will be followed by a conversation between…
April 20, 2021