California Indian Feast Exhibition

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Acorn Mush Basket“Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” a statewide traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy, is scheduled to open Saturday and run through April 16 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition will feature historical and contemporary photographs, artifacts, food specimens, memoirs and recipes. Based on a compendium of Native American cuisine by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley, the display showcases foods important in the lives of Native Californians.

Sherrie Smith-Ferri, director of the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, curated the exhibition in consultation with her aunt, Kathleen Rose Smith, a California Indian artist and a member of the Coast Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo tribes.

Smith-Ferri noted how much fun it was to put the exhibition together. “It brought back lots of good memories of getting together with the family to spend time at the coast harvesting abalone, mussels and seaweed, or going to pick berries,” she said. “And of course, it brings back recollections of some great meals eaten together.”

The exhibition contains harvesting instructions and recipes for foods such as huckleberry bread, pine nut soup, rose hip syrup and roasted barnacles. Related programs for children are scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (“Animals and Fish as Food”) and Feb. 11 (“Native Plants as Food”).

Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free. For more information visit: losaltoshistory.org

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Train Days Roll In Again At History Museum

Posted on August 24, 2016 by  
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Train Days at LAHMThe Los Altos History Museum’s Train Days event is making its annual stop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, Train Days celebrates the joy and wonder of model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars – complete with steam, lights and sound – will speed the rails. Visitors can explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase their trains and field questions about the mechanics and electronics of their layouts and the history behind the locomotives and railroads that inspired them.

The event will also feature California Operation Lifesaver with education on proper rail safety and the U.S. National Park Service Trails & Rails Program, a glitter tattoo station, a train-themed marketplace and a variety of gourmet food trucks and carts.

“We’re pleased to bring visitors something new every year,” said event chairwoman Kristen Fuller. “This year we welcome the Golden Gate Toy Train Operators, who will display an interactive layout displaying vintage toy trains of three different gauges – S, O and HO – and invite visitors to control some of the switches and accessories.”

The museum sponsors the event to demonstrate the importance of trains to national and regional history. For more than 150 years, rail service has been transporting passengers along the Peninsula. In 1907, Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto to Los Gatos.

Admission is $5, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org

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Garden Party Benefits Museum

Posted on April 16, 2016 by  
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History Museum FundraiserThe Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its Spring Fundraising Gala at the 1920s estate of Nan and Chuck Geschke 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 7.

Guests will get a rare glimpse of the gardens of the historical Los Altos home. The garden party will feature wine and hors d’oeuvres, a classic-car display, plein-air artists, a garden boutique, chamber music and self-guided tours of the gardens.

In 1926, Frank Marini built the four-level Italianate home on the corner of University and Burke avenues as a summer home for himself and his four sisters. Marini’s contributions helped build St. Nicholas Church on Lincoln Avenue and Marini Hall at the Jesuit Retreat on University Avenue.

The Geschkes purchased the property in 1995 and began extensive restoration of the home and grounds.

Opened in 2001, the Los Altos History Museum features changing displays as well as the permanent exhibition “Crown of the Peninsula,” which chronicles the history of Los Altos. Across the courtyard is the J. Gilbert Smith House, the original museum that opened in 1977. The home, built circa 1905, has been refurbished to replicate a 1930s farmhouse.

Fundraisers such as the Spring Gala provide donations necessary to maintain and enhance the exhibitions and grounds.

Tickets are $150. Proceeds support the museum and its programs.

To reserve tickets and for more information, call 948-9427, ext. 14, or email hello@losaltoshistorymuseum.org.

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Train Days At Los Altos History Museum

Posted on September 10, 2015 by  
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Los Altos History Museum Train Days 2015The annual Train Days event is scheduled to roll in to the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20.

Train Days is designed to celebrate the joy and wonder of model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars – complete with steam, lights and sound – will speed the rails. Visitors can explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase their models and field questions about their American, European and Asian layouts.

Participants will include:

• Live Steamers from the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (G scale)

• Diablo Pacific Short Line (G scale)

• Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club (O scale)

• Private Collector: BBF&FRR (O scale)

• Private Collector: Swiss Narrow Gauge (HO scale)

• AsiaNrail (N scale)

• National Model Railroad Association (N scale)

• LEGO Layout (L scale)

• Private Collector: Maintenance Railway Car (full scale)

The event will also feature California Operation Lifesaver with education on proper rail safety, a glitter tattoo station and an array of gourmet food trucks and carts.

“We’re thrilled to bring our visitors something new every year, and we have some special surprises in store,” said event chairwoman Kristen Fuller.

Fuller said Train Days will feature four new exhibits, including the private “Speeder” railcar of a local train enthusiast.

The museum sponsors Train Days to shed light on how integral trains are to the country’s and the region’s history. For more than 150 years, rail service has been transporting passengers along the Peninsula. In 1907, Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto and Los Gatos.

Mirroring railroad development through the years, Train Days visitors can see the transition from early steam locomotives and diesel engines to electric and high-speed passenger trains – all scaled in miniature.

Admission is $5, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. Antonio Road, behind the main library. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org

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Lean In Leader To Appear On June 10

Posted on May 29, 2015 by  
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Myra NawabiMyra Nawabi, the leader of the Bay Area’s largest Lean In Circle, is scheduled to speak 5:30 p.m. June 10 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Facebook Inc. COO Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” (Knopf, 2013), inspired Lean In Circles, where women – and some men – gather regularly to encourage each other’s ambitions. The book focuses on changing the conversation from what women can’t do to what women can do. Lean In Circles aim to take the next step, on the premise that if women talk openly about the challenges they face and work together, they can change the trajectory of women in the workplace.

“Women are asking for more and stepping outside their comfort zones, and men and women are talking openly about gender issues for the first time,” Nawabi said.

Nawabi founded the Palo Alto Lean In Circle, which has more than 300 members. A senior program manager at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center, Nawabi said the Circle helped her successfully negotiate a larger salary and a better job title.

Nawabi’s presentation complements the museum’s recent exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” which highlighted the contributions of several women innovators and risk takers.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To register and for more information, call Grace Perry at 948-9427, ext. 14, or email gperry@losaltoshistory.org.

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History Museum Hosts Family Day

Posted on March 7, 2015 by  
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Los Altos History MuseumThe Los Altos History Museum has scheduled Family Day/Young Minds @ the Museum noon to 4 p.m. March 14 at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Family Day, designed for children in grades K-8, will feature the Tech Museum of Innovation’s Social Robot, a demonstration of the Los Altos Library’s 3D printer and hands-on learning activities that teach how motion works, the characteristics of living organisms and the principles of gravity. Docents, including former teachers, will be on hand to assist with activities.

Activities include:

• 1 and 2:30 p.m.: Multicoptor demonstrations. Paul Sterbentz and David Jackson will display mulitcopters and discuss their history, the technology behind them and future commercial uses.

Sterbentz is a builder of custom quadcopters with camera attachments. Jackson designs, builds and flies multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles.

Weather permitting, they will fly their drones on the Los Altos Museum patio.

• 3 p.m.: “Advice for Young Entrepreneurs.” The segment will feature two-time startup CEO Jamie Kurtzig. The 10-year-old is the granddaughter of serial high-tech entrepreneur Sandra Kurtzig.

Jamie’s grandmother will interview her on the topic “What It Means To Be a 10-Year-Old Enterpreneur Starting and Managing a Business.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

Family Day complements the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” on display through April 19.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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Museum Explores Connections

Posted on January 28, 2015 by  
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Los Altos History MuseumStanford University played a vital role in the development of Silicon Valley, according to speakers at a Jan. 21 Los Altos History Museum program, “Symbiotic Superstars: The Stanford-Silicon Valley Connection.”

The program is one of several designed to complement the ongoing museum exhibition “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” scheduled to run through April 19.

In a lively interview, Stanford University President John L. Hennessy and Leslie Berlin, historian of the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford, discussed the founding of Silicon Valley and Stanford’s role in its evolution.

They recounted how engineering professor Fred Terman visited East Coast strongholds like Bell Labs and MIT in the 1940s to lure the brightest minds to Stanford.

Opportunities to collaborate with creative peers, government-funded projects and the region’s ideal weather fertilized Silicon Valley’s growth, the speakers said. Stanford encouraged entrepreneurship in its students and fostered university-developed products.

Hennessy said he sees the same entrepreneurial spirit in today’s student body, with new programs such as dual majors in science and music for undergraduates as well as teams of graduate students whose collaborations yield real-time contributions to Third World countries.

Upcoming programs:

• “Silicon Valley Stories”: 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Los Altos High’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

• “Family Day/Young Minds @ the Museum”: Noon to 4 p.m. March 14 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

• Film Night: 7 p.m. April 14 at Los Altos Stage Company, 97 Hillview Ave.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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Train Days Returns To Los Altos

Posted on September 7, 2014 by  
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Train DaysTrain Days returns to the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21.

The annual event showcases model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes, whimsical engines and theme cars – complete with steam, lights and sound – will speed along rails. Museum visitors are invited to explore and ask questions about the gauges and scales associated with American and Asian model railroading layouts.

In 1907, Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto with Los Gatos. Mirroring railroad development through the years, Train Days tracks the transition from early steam locomotives to diesel engines and electric and high-speed passenger trains – all scaled in miniature.

Participants include the Live Steamers from the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (G scale); the Diablo Pacific Short Line (G scale); the Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club (O scale); a private collector’s Swiss Narrow Gauge (HO scale); Peninsula NTrak and AsiaNrail (N scale); and a private collector’s Civil War’s First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run (N scale).

California Operation Lifesaver will provide education on proper rail safety and gourmet food trucks will be on-site.

“We’re thrilled that our favorites are returning, and bring something new every year,” said Kristen Fuller, event chairwoman. “This year, we will go back in time as far as the Civil War, with the historic First Battle of Manassas, plus we will again go around the world to Asia and beyond – in HO and N scale.”

Admission is $5. Children 4 and under are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.  For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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Upcoming History Museum Exhibition

Posted on September 1, 2013 by  
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When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Project Los Altos opens in November, the Los Altos History Museum plans to curate an exhibition that offers local contemporary artists the opportunity to simultaneously display their work.

The History Museum and the Los Altos Art Commission issued a call for artists from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View to participate in “Los Altos Moving Art Forward,” slated Nov. 2 through March 23. Artists must apply. Committee members will cull submissions to select artwork for display. A jury will award ribbons and choose a best-of-show winner.

Jane Reed, History Museum board president and chairwoman of the Exhibit Committee, noted that the idea emerged in response to local artists wondering how they could get involved in the SFMOMA project. Although the History Museum routinely hosts exhibitions spotlighting local history, the opportunity to include artists appealed to the museum and the Arts Commission – whose members will help coordinate the show.

“We have no art museum in the city,” Reed said. “This is our contribution to the community’s focus on arts.”

The application deadline is Sept. 23.  For applications and more information, call Grace Perry at 948-9427, ext. 14.

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Local Water Exhibition Wins Award

Posted on March 21, 2013 by  
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Nearly 9,000 guests viewed the “Shaped by Water: Past, Present & Future” exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum from October 2011 through April 2012.

The exhibition has had a ripple effect, winning recognition for its educational value at the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards.

“The exhibition connects people to our most vital natural resource – water,” said Peter Drekmeier, spokesman for the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards and Bay Area program director for the Tuolumne River Trust. “There’s often a big disconnect between consumers and where our water comes from.”

According to Drekmeier, “Shaped by Water” was an innovative display that could be replicated by other organizations.

The group’s 19-member coalition reviewed all nominations and noted that they were particularly impressed that the Los Altos History Museum’s exhibition was an effort spearheaded by an all-volunteer committee.

“In a time of budget cuts for nonprofits, it’s really vital for volunteers to step in,” Drekmeier said.

With the mission of educating audiences on how water influenced the history of the Santa Clara Valley and how water consumption will impact its future, “Shaped by Water” was the vision of a group of local volunteers.

Volunteer Trish Mulvey said she nominated the exhibition for the award because she was inspired by “the incredible dedication and teamwork of the entire committee in successfully moving from concept to ‘big idea.’”

“When you look at all the things that the exhibition lays out, I think it’s magic,” she said.

Los Altos artist Linda Gass, curator of the exhibition, was honored last year by the Silicon Valley Watershed Summit for her contributions to the project.

Following its stop at the Los Gatos History Museum last year, “Shaped by Water” is scheduled for display at History San Jose, 1650 Senter Road, through Sept. 8.

For more information, visit historysanjose.org/wp/exhibits-activities/hotel-gallery.

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