Past Exhibits

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January 20, 2011 - June 27, 2011

Main Gallery

The lives and achievements of the legendary Josephine and Frank Duveneck are celebrated in this original exhibit. It highlights their many contributions, most notably Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, the home they shared with family, friends and others less fortunate than themselves. Today, Hidden Villa is a 1,600-acre wilderness preserve and working farm that is used for educational programs, multicultural summer camps and philanthropic activities.

Related Programs

  • Discussion of Josephine Duvenecks’ Life on Two Levels – March 01, 2011
  • Remembering the Duvenecks of Hidden Villa – March 16, 2011
  • Duveneck Day at Hidden Villa, games activities etc. – May 21, 2011
  • Movie: Memories of Josephine and Frank – June 23, 2011

Exhibit Description

The exhibit traces the couple’s exodus from a privileged life on the East Coast to Palo Alto and their discovery of Hidden Villa and how its acquisition was the most important event in their lives.“We lost our hearts to California,” Josephine often said. “We never got them back.”

The Duvenecks’ concerns for education, social justice and the environment made them instrumental in founding organizations still vital today such as Peninsula School in Menlo Park, Friends Outside and the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Exhibit Highlights

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