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October 19, 2017 - January 07, 2018

Main Gallery

Created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), this exhibition celebrates how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of this nation’s history.

Related Programs

Please click on the above links to view the location of each program as four of them are held at sites other than the Los Altos History Museum to accommodate audiences.


Exhibit Description

The exhibition tells stories of Asian immigrants finding homes and participating in key moments in American history. Asian immigrants panned in the California Gold Rush, hammered ties in the Transcontinental Railroad, fought on both sides in the Civil War and on plantations in Hawaii and on orchards and nurseries here in Los Altos, they helped build the nation’s agricultural system.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition is supported by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation with additional local sponsorship by the Los Altos Community Foundation.”

In the News

CBS, Bay Area Focus’, Michelle Griego discusses the Museum’s exhibition with Executive Director, Elisabeth Ward, and Historian and Author, Connie Young Yu.