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History Museum Seeks Applicants for Teen Docent Program

LOS ALTOS, CA (April 14, 2020) – Los Altos History Museum is now accepting applications for its 2020-21 Teen Docent Program. Open to any student enrolled in a local high school for the 2020-21 year, the program offers teens the opportunity to interact with the community, fulfill volunteer hours for school, learn about history, connect with peers, and work alongside…
April 14, 2020
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History Museum Asks Community to Share COVID-19 Experiences

LOS ALTOS, CA (April 7, 2020) – To document the impact of COVID-19 on the community, Los Altos History Museum is seeking stories, photos, diary entries, and other materials from residents of Santa Clara County. The material and online submissions will be archived for the Museum’s permanent collection, and preserved for future historians, researchers and visitors. “We want to hear…
April 7, 2020
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History Museum Hosts a Virtual Story Circle

LOS ALTOS, CA (April 2, 2020) In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits are finding creative ways to engage and interact with their community. As part of its mission to gather and present compelling stories, Los Altos History Museum will hold an online Story Circle for participants to share their experience of resilience during this unique moment in history.…
April 2, 2020

Write it Down: A Historian’s Plea During COVID-19

We are living in an extraordinary time. This feels like an understatement, given that in the space of just a few weeks, our lives have been turned completely upside down by the coronavirus. For many of us, adjusting to the new reality of a global pandemic has been a difficult process. In times of great stress and anxiety, one therapeutic…
April 1, 2020
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How to Ease Fears in a Fearful World

These are challenging times. As humans, we’re meant to roam with our tribe, something our primitive brains seek to ensure, because there’s safety in numbers. Now, with the threat of COVID-19, the government is forbidding togetherness except with people in our immediate household. If you live alone, you may feel further isolated from human touch. Please know, you are not…
March 24, 2020

We are currently closed to the public

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. Exhibit, event and program status will be noted on the website calendar. For additional questions please contact staff via their following…
March 19, 2020
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History Museum Remains Open to Visitors, Suspends Event

LOS ALTOS, CA (March 11, 2020) – In response to the county’s recommendations to cancel events for large groups due to the Coronavirus, Los Altos History Museum is suspending the ceremony scheduled for Saturday, March 21. The ceremony was planned to celebrate the unveiling of the newly renovated historic Tank House while welcoming the community to the opening of the…
March 11, 2020
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History Museum Unveils Renovated Tank House

LOS ALTOS, CA (March 3, 2020) – Paying homage to our agricultural history, Los Altos History Museum unveils their newly-renovated historic Tank House in a ceremony on Saturday, March 21st, 2-5pm. The presentation is part of the opening reception for the Museum’s exhibition, “In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte,” on display through June 21st,…
March 3, 2020
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History Museum’s Exhibition Shines a Spotlight on Migrant Farm Workers

LOS ALTOS, CA (February 25, 2020) – Los Altos History Museum’s new exhibition chronicles the lives of contemporary migrant farm workers, on display March 19 through June 21. “In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte” features photojournalist David Bacon’s evocative photographs alongside moving oral narratives from migrant farm workers. The exhibition, fully translated into both…
February 25, 2020
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Kids’ Art Classes at Los Altos History Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (February 11, 2020) – Children in grades two through six who wish to learn basic drawing and painting skills may take a Kids’ Art Class led by the Art Docents of Los Altos at the Los Altos History Museum. Held from 9:30 – 11am, the class for second- and third-graders is on Feb 29, and fourth, fifth,…
February 11, 2020
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Meet the Artists of Gallery 9 Exhibition at History Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (February 4, 2020) – Los Altos History Museum will hold an open house for the community to meet the artists whose work is featured in the exhibition, “Gallery 9: Celebrating Art in Los Altos,” on Thursday, Feb 13 from 6-8pm. “This is a chance for visitors to find out about the artists behind the canvas,” said Exhibition…
February 4, 2020
In The News

He built his Chinese food empire on potstickers, proverbs and passion. Now, as Chef Chu’s turns 50, Larry Chu looks to the future.

By Elena Kadvany / Palo Alto Weekly When Lawrence Chu opened his first restaurant in what used to be a coin-operated laundromat in Los Altos in 1970, he had a grand vision. He dreamed of replicating his 12-item Chinese takeout menu in cities across America -- a Panda Express before there was a Panda Express. That dream fizzled over the years…
January 30, 2020