News

Public Hours Resume for Outside Exhibits

The Los Altos History Museum buildings are temporarily closed for visits. With the focus on the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, we are aligned with local and federal guidelines to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Per County and State Guidelines, outdoor operations have resumed. The Rise Up! temporary exhibit has been mounted on the porch of the…
August 31, 2020
Blog

Honoring Jane Reed

Jane and John Reed in front of their Los Altos home. Not just a friend of the Los Altos History Museum, Jane Reed has been an inspiring leader, enthusiastic volunteer, and passionate, creative force in many ways for many years. Jane Reed received the 2020 Historic Preservation Award August 25, with a proclamation presented by Jan Pepper, Mayor of Los Altos,…
August 26, 2020
In The News

In Living Rooms and Theaters, the Vote was Won

By Eliza Ridgeway / Los Altos Town Crier You can still walk past the Masonic Hall in downtown Mountain View and imagine the suffrage speeches that drew listeners more than a century ago. A man often headlined, as was the norm even for women-led initiatives. The women who filled the room had to mix strategy with entertainment as they continued…
August 26, 2020
News

Limited Outdoor Operations Resume

The Los Altos History Museum is temporarily closed for visits. With the focus on the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, we are aligned with local and federal guidelines to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Per County and State Guidelines, limited outdoor operations have resumed. The Rise Up! temporary exhibition has been mounted on the porch of the…
August 19, 2020
Blog

Los Altos Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

“Los Altos Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage” is the title of a series of programs sponsored by the City of Los Altos, Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos Library, Los Altos Youth Commission, Los Altos Women’s Caucus and Santa Clara County. The public is invited to attend events in person or virtually. “The Los Altos Women’s Caucus called together all these…
August 18, 2020
Press Releases

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
News

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
Blog

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
Press Releases

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
Press Releases

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