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No Escaping this Event’s Appeal

By Christina Cheng, Town Crier Editorial Intern, Los Altos Town Crier The Los Altos History Museum’s first escape room won’t be its last. Los Altos History Museum exhibition curator Amy Ellison said she “could not have been more pleased” with how the Dec. 6 event went. Held next to the museum at the J. Gilbert Smith House, two groups of participants…
January 8, 2020
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Photography by J. Gilbert Smith Captures a Lost World

LOS ALTOS, CA (January 7, 2020) – Before the dramatic black and white photography of Ansel Adams, local orchardist and avid photographer J. Gilbert Smith was inspired by scenes of the West. He took his camera along on trips to Yosemite, Big Sur, and the Santa Cruz Mountains, capturing a love of nature. His photographs of the natural world, and…
January 7, 2020

Tank House Makeover

As one of the last remaining water tank towers in Santa Clara County from the agricultural boom of the turn of the last century, the tank house at the Los Altos History Museum is a true historic treasure. The Museum has been working to take care of it since it was first moved to the grounds of the Museum in…
December 20, 2019
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Ride the BIG SHAKER at History Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (December 10, 2019) – The world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator, the BIG SHAKER, rolls into the Los Altos History Museum on Saturday, January 11th, 10am-3pm, weather permitting. In an event titled “Be Prepared for the Big One,” visitors can experience what a magnitude 8.0 earthquake feels like and see what can happen inside their homes if contents…
December 10, 2019

History House Book Club

Margaret Hill Smith grew up in a home full of books. Her father—a lawyer, newspaper editor, and historian—collected classic works of literature by Plutarch, Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, among others. The Hills’ library was vast and eclectic, and included books on topics ranging from the history of Mexico to evolutionary biology to the world’s most famous speeches. It’s easy to imagine…
December 6, 2019
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Museum Exhibit Highlights the History of Hams

LOS ALTOS, CA (December 3, 2019) – Los Altos History Museum serves up “Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now,” a historical perspective on how radio hobbyists help keep neighborhoods safe during disasters, in an exhibit appearing in the J. Gilbert Smith House through January 5, 2020. The exhibit features ham radio equipment through the years, and…
December 3, 2019
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Practicing Holiday Safety at Home

LOS ALTOS, CA (November 26, 2019) – While the holidays bring joy, they can also spark safety risks. Fires and injuries have occurred as a result of decorated live Christmas trees, extra extension cords, candles, portable heaters, and an abundance of cooking. To build community awareness around the subject, Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the City of Los…
November 26, 2019
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Chef Chu Hosting 50th Anniversary Banquet – and Museum will benefit

Iconic restaurant will celebrate its historic role in Los Altos By Linda Zavoral / The Mercury News Chef Chu’s, the iconic Peninsula restaurant that began in 1970 as a takeout eatery in a converted laundromat, will celebrate its golden anniversary in 2020. To mark the occasion, chef Lawrence C.C. Chu will host a fundraising banquet, “Chef Chu’s, Serving History: Celebrating 50…
November 21, 2019
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Chef Chu Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary with Special Banquet

LOS ALTOS, CA (November 20, 2019) – Fifty years ago, Lawrence C.C. Chu opened a small eatery in a converted laundromat in Los Altos, offering Chinese takeout. The renowned Chef Chu's restaurant now serves over 500 people per day, including celebrities, heads of state, dignitaries and local sports heroes, and serves to-go meals for 500 more. The charismatic chef claims…
November 20, 2019
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Museum Showcases Emergency Preparedness Projects

LOS ALTOS, CA (November 5, 2019) – The public is invited to join neighbors for an “Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Appreciation Night” on Thursday, November 14th, 5:30-7pm at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The November 14 event will include displays showcasing projects funded by the 2018-19 Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program of the…
November 5, 2019
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LA History Museum Rings in the Holidays with Family Event

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 29, 2019) – Los Altos History Museum invites the public to "Catch the Spirit" of the holiday season with live music, tasty treats, and gift boutiques for shoppers, Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 12–4pm. At this free event, visitors may tour the J. Gilbert Smith House decorated for a historic 1930's Christmas, and enjoy home-baked goodies on the…
October 29, 2019
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Workshop on Pet Preparedness for Emergencies

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 22, 2019) – In the event of a natural disaster, relying on an emergency plan helps keep our loved ones safe. That extends to pets, as well. Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the City of Los Altos, offers a workshop on Pet Preparedness, Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9am-noon. Instructions on what to pack in a…
October 22, 2019