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Museum highlights Chinese experience during Gold Rush days

Town Crier Report / Los Altos Town Crier Author and historian Connie Young Yu is scheduled to discuss “Journey to Gold Mountain: Chinese and the Gold Rush” 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 12. The program will be offered both in person at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, and via Zoom. Among the forty-niners seeking their fortune in…
August 4, 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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That Midas Touch in California

Kalpan Mohan / Letters from Everywhere A new exhibit on the California Gold Rush at Los Altos History Museum opened my eyes to the tumultuous times. Little has changed in the desires—and the attitudes—of people. Bob Jones dropped his gold coin into my palm. The coin was etched with letters and numbers and I wondered, for a brief second, what…
July 25, 2021
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Gold Fever Comes to History Museum in Los Altos

“Pioneer Day” on Sunday, July 25th from Noon to 4 p.m.  Lina Broydo / La Oferta Learn what life was like as a true 49er. Visit a fascinating and historic exhibit featuring Gold Rush-era photos, documents, and artifacts offering a glimpse into California before the discovery of gold over 150 years ago in the American River, the frenzied rush to the gold…
July 16, 2021
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‘Gold Fever!’ exhibition comes to Los Altos History Museum July 22

Town Crier Report / Los Altos Town Crier The Gold Rush sweeps into town with the Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Gold Fever! The Untold Stories of California’s Gold Rush,” on display July 22 through Aug. 29. Gold Rush-era photos, documents and artifacts offer a glimpse into California before the discovery of gold more than 150 years ago in the…
July 14, 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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Local Philanthropists spearheading History Museum renovation

Special to the Town Crier / Los Altos Town Crier A fundraising campaign is underway for the creation of a new main exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum emphasizing place and local history. Two local couples and longtime museum supporters, Nan and Chuck Geschke of Los Altos and Edward and Pamela Taft of Los Altos Hills, recently kicked off…
May 19, 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
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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