October 18, 2018 through March 31, 2019
The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was a dynamic 19th century figure who owned several businesses, many parcels of land, was a talented business woman, traditional healer and advocate for her family in what is now Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco.
- Opening Fiesta with Folklorico dancers and vaquero-inspired menu* – Oct. 21st, 4-7pm
- Dia de los Muertos event. Decorate a shrine to honor Juana – Oct. 27th, 11am-3pm
- Storytelling and Corn Husk Doll Making Workshop for Kids* – Nov. 10th, 10am-12pm
- Family Roots and Personal Identity: Genealogy Panel – Nov. 19th, 7-8:30pm
- Tamale Cooking Demo + Savory-to-Sweet Tamale Tasting* – Dec. 8th, 4-6pm
* Fee applies. Payable upon registering via above links.
Click on above links for additional program details including registration, fees and location – some held at sites other than the Los Altos History Museum.
2019 programs to include family-friendly events in January and March, a curandera panel in February and a symposium in March. Stay tuned!
As the daughter of members of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition, Juana’s life spanned from the early days of the San Francisco Presidio, to California statehood, to the building of Stanford University near her final home in Mayfleld, now part of Palo Alto. The exhibition promises to elicit intergenerational conversations about California’s roots and will include pieces produced by local high school students originating from an intensive two-week Summer Workshop focused on creating exhibit works for the exhibition.