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Building Equity through Museum Collections

The Museum has begun a collecting initiative that actively seeks photographs, artifacts, artworks and materials to document the history of civil rights movements, immigration and race in Los Altos and the greater Santa Clara County. The materials collected through this initiative will be a part of the newly-created collection we are calling the "Social Justice Collection." Race is oftentimes referred…
February 3, 2021
Press Releases

History Museum Posts Virtual Field Trip of Current Exhibition

LOS ALTOS, CA (January 26, 2021) – In an effort to provide students with a safe educational experience during the pandemic, Los Altos History Museum mounted a virtual field trip of its current exhibition, “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage.” Made possible through a grant from the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy, the virtual tour is geared…
January 26, 2021
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County Awards Grant for Museum’s Exhibition Redesign

LOS ALTOS, CA (January 12, 2021) – Los Altos History Museum is embarking on a bold reimagining of its permanent exhibition to underscore its emphasis on place, storytelling, and shared experience—utilizing the latest in multimedia technology to explore local aspects of racial and ethnic diversity. The redesign will include an oral history kiosk with a working title “Our Stories,” featuring…
January 12, 2021
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The Dawn of 2021

Los Altos History Museum welcomed 2021 with a note of sadness and hope, which I think captures how so many of us feel right now. We are sad to not be welcoming the public to our in-house curated special exhibition, "Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage." It sits in all its glory in our main gallery, without any visitors,…
January 7, 2021
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Museum Kicks off 2021 with Women in Tech Panel

LOS ALTOS, CA (Dec 22, 2020) – When it comes to the pioneers who built Silicon Valley, it wasn’t only men. Women made a significant contribution, and Los Altos History Museum brings these innovators to light in a webinar entitled “Women in Tech: Then and Now,” slated for Jan 14 at 5pm. The presentation will focus on key technologies that…
December 22, 2020
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Art and the Gathering of Community

Over the course of this year, the Museum had the opportunity to examine the history and role of art in our community. Our Spring exhibition, “Gallery 9: Celebrating Art in Los Altos,” inspired us to tinker with the idea of hosting an art auction fundraiser for the first time and informed our collecting process for the 2020 Benefit Collection. Some…
December 11, 2020
Press Releases

History Museum Presents Women in Leadership

LOS ALTOS, CA (Nov 24, 2020) – A panel of female trailblazers will discuss “Women in Leadership” in a talk hosted by Los Altos History Museum held on the Zoom platform, Dec 8th at 6pm.  The panel, moderated by Protima Pandey, Director of the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy, will share how they broke barriers to become successful leaders, and why it’s important to…
November 24, 2020
In The News

Los Altos History Museum hosts inaugural online art auction

by Heather Zimmerman / Palo Alto Weekly The Los Altos History Museum typically features exhibits that focus on local history and artifacts, as the institution's name would suggest. But for its fall fundraiser, the museum is taking a page from the art world with its inaugural Benefit Collection Online Art Auction. The event, which launched on Nov. 17, features original…
November 18, 2020
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Online Art Auction to Benefit History Museum

LOS ALTOS, CA (Nov 10, 2020) – Los Altos History Museum holds its inaugural Benefit Collection Online Art Auction featuring original paintings, photographs and ceramic work donated by local artists and collectors. The public may browse the digital catalog and begin bidding Nov 17th at 9am, with bidding closing on Dec 6th at 5pm. The collection includes an oil painting entitled “Tulips in Vase” by philanthropist Nan…
November 10, 2020
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AAUW Applauds Rise Up!

Los Altos-Mountain View American Association of University Women (AAUW) salutes the Los Altos History Museum for the creation of "Rise Up! The Fight for Women's Suffrage," an illuminating exhibition about the local and national struggle that led to women being granted the right to vote in California in 1911, and in the rest of the country in 1920. Since 1882,…
November 9, 2020
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David Mariani and Schola Cantorum Lend Talents to Museum Event

LOS ALTOS, CA (November 3, 2020) –Los Altos History Museum goes online for its annual “Catch the Spirit” event slated for Wed, Nov 18th at 1pm. Local author David Mariani will share stories from his book, “Poverty of Affluence,” which traces the history of Santa Clara Valley. Following the talk, choral group Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will join up with Lyric Theatre for virtual caroling…
November 3, 2020
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Thanking Chef Chu

We were honored to present Chef Chu and his wife Ruth with a painting of their iconic restaurant, in a ceremony that was held at the Los Altos History Museum, Wednesday, Oct 21. We thanked Chef Chu for thinking of us on the occasion of the restaurant's 50th anniversary and his offer to host a dinner in February for 100 friends and supporters of the…
October 28, 2020