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History Museum Celebrates Women’s Suffrage with Outdoor Exhibit

LOS ALTOS, CA (August 4, 2020) – One hundred years ago, women fought for, and won, the right to vote. Los Altos History Museum celebrates this milestone with an outdoor exhibit entitled “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” on display beginning August 20. Originally slated as a larger exhibition in the main gallery of the Museum, a mini-version of…
August 4, 2020

Fireball Baker Explodes in the News

It has been a busy year for WWII veteran Chuck “Fireball” Baker. On his 100th birthday, Chuck completed his first tandem skydive, which he vowed to repeat every birthday. He also took a flight in an autogiro airplane—a cross between a helicopter and an airplane. And he is featured in a short documentary made by Hormel Foods. I had the…
July 8, 2020

Adjusting to a New Job During a Pandemic

On February 13, 2020, I started my first day as Office Administrator of the Los Altos History Museum. When I arrived, I was greeted by Executive Director, Elisabeth Ward, who showed me to my workstation with a bounce in her step. Initially, I shared a desk with an office temp who was filling in until a permanent employee was hired.…
June 25, 2020
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History Museum Honors Volunteers, 2020 Style

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 23, 2020) –  Los Altos History Museum took to the road to honor 14 nominees for Volunteer of the Year in this annual appreciation event. Normally, the Museum holds the awards ceremony in the garden courtyard, inviting all 180 volunteers. But with County guidelines restricting large gatherings, the Museum changed plans. In 2020 fashion, members of…
June 23, 2020
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History Museum Announces New Board Members and Officers

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 16, 2020) – Los Altos History Museum welcomes three new diverse members to its board of directors and a slate of new officers for its executive committee for 2020–2021. The election process, normally held on the grounds of the Museum, pivoted to a Zoom format due to COVID-19. Julia Lovin, the current Board President, conducted the…
June 16, 2020
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Confronting an Uncomfortable Legacy

Museums, especially cultural and historic museums, are fundamentally about identity. The Los Altos History Museum gathers and presents artifacts and stories about our community in order to build an understanding of who we are and the choices we have made during our lives. Right now, museums across the country are being challenged to examine the choices they make about how…
June 11, 2020
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History Museum Plans Reopening Strategy

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 9, 2020) – As Santa Clara County amends its shelter-in-place Order, a task force for the Los Altos History Museum makes plans for how to safely reopen its indoor galleries and gift shop in the future. For now, the Museum remains closed to the public, with the exception of the outdoor courtyard and agricultural exhibit. Visitors…
June 9, 2020
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History Museum Goes Virtual for Latest Exhibition

LOS ALTOS, CA (May 19, 2020) – When the coronavirus pandemic hit, and the county issued shelter-in-place orders, Los Altos History Museum halted it’s planned exhibition, “In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte,” originally scheduled to open on March 19 in the main gallery. The Museum is pleased to announce that portions of this exhibit,…
May 19, 2020

The Story of the Museum’s Apricot Tree

In January, the Los Altos History Museum’s Executive Director, Dr. Elisabeth Ward, envisioned a real live apricot tree growing next to the newly installed sign in the Museum's agricultural exhibit area. The sign tells the story of the Blenheim apricots in the nearby Los Altos Community Orchard, originally planted around 1905 by our Los Altos orchardist, J. Gilbert Smith. Fortunately…
May 13, 2020

A Museum without Walls?

At the foundation of every museum is a collection. Different types of museums are distinguished based on what it is they collect and preserve: art museums collect and preserve art, whereas natural history museums collect and preserve natural specimens. The Los Altos History Museum is a history museum, which means we collect things related to the history of our area.…
April 30, 2020
In The News

Living Through a Major Historical Moment

Los Altos History Museum seeks your COVID-19 stories and experiences By Heather Zimmerman / Mountain View Voice Your day-to-day routine, let alone your daily activities during quarantine, may seem like nothing special, but actually, it could be something for the history books. That’s why the Los Altos History Museum recently put out a call for submissions asking Santa Clara County residents…
April 26, 2020