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
Press Releases

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
In The News

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
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History Museum Holds Family Activities in Heritage Orchard

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 15, 2019) – Los Altos History Museum expands its programming to the Los Altos Heritage Orchard with two activities celebrating the end of pruning season, held on October 26. "This is one of three remaining heritage orchards in the area," said Jane Packard, Chair of the Museum's Orchard Commons Committee. "These two programs are an opportunity…
October 15, 2019
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Cal Water Offers Workshop on Water Safety

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 8, 2019) – What would you do if you had no water following a natural disaster? In recognition of National "Imagine a Day without Water," the Los Altos History Museum invites the public to a "Water Safety and Reliability Workshop" Wednesday, October 23, 7-8:30pm. The free workshop, offered in partnership with the City of Los Altos and California…
October 8, 2019
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History Museum Hosts Fundraiser at Auto Vino

LOS ALTOS, CA (September 17, 2019) – Exotic, classic, and luxury automobiles and fine wines set the stage for Los Altos History Museum's fall fundraiser to be held at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park on Saturday, October 12 from 6-9pm. The event, titled "If Cars Could Talk: Revving up the Future of the Los Altos History Museum," offers car…
September 17, 2019