October 19, 2017 - January 07, 2018
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.
- Opening Reception featuring the San Jose Taiko – October 22nd 1-4pm
- Hawaii – Asian Pacific Gateway to America – Oct. 25th, 7pm
- Mark Twain, the Chinese, and the Railroad – Nov. 2nd, 7pm
- Coming to America – Nov. 9th, 7pm
- Technology Entrepreneurs and Mentors – Nov. 16th, 7pm view
- Immigration and Civil Rights – Dec. 5th, 7pm
- Family Holiday Fun: Origami at the Museum – Dec. 9th, 1pm
- Hope and Opportunity – Jan. 9th, 2018, 6pm
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.
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.