Youth Open Poetry Mic to Celebrate Juana Briones

High school students have been gathering to plan a first-ever Open Mic Poetry Night at Los Altos History Museum, in conjunction with the bilingual Juana Briones exhibit. The students used social media to reach out to peers at many area high schools from Mountain View to Los Altos, East Palo Alto to San Jose, to share poems or join the audience…
March 27, 2019
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Orchard Walks Share Apricots, Green Space and History

LOS ALTOS, CA (March 12, 2019) – Salute spring by bringing friends and family for guided walks through the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, produced by Los Altos History Museum in cooperation with Los Altos Library. The informative Orchard Walks will take place every Saturday morning in April as guides take residents through the orchard, sharing stories of its past, present…
March 12, 2019

Grade-School Students Experience California History in Museum Tours

Los Altos History Museum offers lessons in California history through its annual educational tours for 3rd- and 4th-grade classrooms based in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Education Committee docents lead fun, interactive presentations, hands-on activities, play-acting, and tours of the Museum's exhibits throughout April and May. Over 900 students attend the program every spring. "Local teachers rave about the…
March 11, 2019
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Mexican California Ranching Days Come Alive at Los Altos History Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (February 26, 2019) – Los Altos History Museum is hosting a free Rancho Day event at the Museum, where families can experience some of the daily activities it took to run a ranch during the Mexican California period, Saturday, March 16th, 12-3pm. Rancho Day supports the Museum's bilingual exhibition, "Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera", closing March…
February 26, 2019
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Los Altos History Museum Hosts Symposium on Influential Women of Color

LOS ALTOS, CA (February 12, 2019) – Inspired by the life and times of 19th-century figure Juana Briones, Los Altos History Museum's day-long symposium, "Negotiating Boundaries: Women of Color in Northern California History," explores the lives of influential women who helped shape our communities. Scholars will share original research and analysis to give greater social context to these women's lives. The…
February 12, 2019
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Los Altos History Museum Invites Participants to International Mother Language Day

LOS ALTOS, CA (February 5, 2019) – Celebrate a love of language on International Mother Language Day at Los Altos History Museum, Thursday, February 21st from 6-8pm. Community members of all ages are invited to tell stories, recite poems, or sing songs in their mother tongue around the theme of love, either their own composition or from a published work, in this…
February 5, 2019
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Tours of Historic J. Gilbert Smith House Focus on History of Valentine’s Day

LOS ALTOS, CA (January 29, 2019) – Love is in the Air when Los Altos History Museum offers special tours of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House with a Valentine's Day theme on Saturday, February 9th at 10am and 11:30am. Deputy Director Heather Farquhar will discuss the history of Valentine's Day and its customs on these free tours. Reservations required at "Love is a…
January 29, 2019

Behold the Western Tussock Caterpillar

What was going on in the Museum’s oak trees last spring? It was the yearly ritual between the Western Tussock moth, its caterpillar, its cocoon and the insects and birds that love to eat them! As occasionally happens, due to warm dry weather, last year there was a heavier than usual spring infestation. We had caterpillars dropping down on their…
January 23, 2019

Meet Our Mellon Scholars!

Four Foothill College students have started exciting internships at the museum this year through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarship in the Humanities Grant. Designed by Foothill-DeAnza Community College District, the grant funds a pathway program partnering with University of San Francisco. Scholarship recipients will complete a humanities certification through Foothill and then transfer for a 4-year degree. Classes run…
January 17, 2019