Corn Husk Doll

For northeast Native American, enslaved African American, and early American pioneer children, corn husk dolls were common toys. Corn husks were easily accessible during the early 19th century, and the dolls were fairly easy to construct. Northeast Native Americans made their corn husk dolls without faces. A Seneca craftswoman, Mrs. Snow, explains why: Corn, one of the “Three Sisters,” along…
June 29, 2023
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Museum Welcomes Five New Board Directors to its Roster

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 27, 2023) – Los Altos History Museum is pleased to announce the addition of five new directors to its board of directors and a slate of new officers for its executive committee. These individuals bring a wealth of diverse experience and expertise, further strengthening the Museum's commitment to preserving and promoting the history of Los Altos…
June 27, 2023
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Museum Exhibit Explores History of Water Management

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 20, 2023) – Harnessing the scarce water resources of the Santa Clara Valley has been a challenge for more than 100 years. Los Altos History Museum’s new exhibit “Drip, Dry, Flood: Orchard Water Management” showcases how orchardists have tackled this challenge historically and today. On display in the J. Gilbert Smith House Gallery June 29 – October…
June 20, 2023
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Museum Invites Feedback in Restoration of Heritage Orchard

LOS ALTOS, CA (May 30, 2023) – The Los Altos Heritage Orchard is one of three remaining orchards in the area—and the oldest—planted in 1901 by J. Gilbert Smith. Following a series of droughts, the health of the apricot grove has declined. Los Altos History Museum invites the public to engage in a meaningful dialogue about restoring the City’s Historical…
May 30, 2023
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History Museum launches series of conversations and reflections

Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier The Los Altos History Museum is set to roll out a series of programs scheduled the third Thursday of every month. The events will alternate between panel discussions related to the newly opened permanent exhibition and changing exhibitions, and block parties exploring the history of neighborhoods. “The rich complexity of stories told…
May 9, 2023
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History Museum Launches a Series of Conversations and Reflections

LOS ALTOS, CA (May 2, 2023) — Los Altos History Museum rolls out a series of programs scheduled for the third Thursday of every month alternating between panel discussions related to the newly opened Permanent Exhibition and changing exhibits, and block parties related to the history of neighborhoods. Held in the Museum’s upstairs Geschke Gallery, the inaugural program, "Hidden Communities:…
May 2, 2023