Museum debuts renovated tank house: Unveiling ceremony planned for March 21

Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
The Los Altos History Museum’s newly renovated tank house is cause for a celebration, scheduled March 21.

Paying homage to the area’s agricultural history, the Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a ceremony to unveil its newly renovated tank house 2-5 p.m. March 21.

The event is part of the opening reception for the museum’s exhibition “In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte,” on display through June 21.

In 2018, the History Museum received a Historic Preservation Grant from Santa Clara County to restore the 110-year-old tank house, which had begun to leak, according to Elisabeth Ward, the museum’s executive director.

“We are so glad it will now last for another 100 years,” she said. “Tank houses are a symbol of the time-honored tradition of working the land that cuts across every cultural heritage. We are proud to be showing photographs of contemporary agricultural workers in our main gallery.”

“In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte” is a bilingual exhibition featuring the work of photojournalist David Bacon accompanied by the personal narratives of migrant farm workers.

Bacon spent more than three decades documenting the lives of the workers, bringing to the public the story of where their food comes from and who harvests it.

The exhibition, touring the U.S. through Exhibit Envoy, is produced in partnership with California Rural Legal Assistance, the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations and History San José.

The opening reception will include remarks by Ward at 3:15 p.m., followed by members of the Garden Club of Los Altos, Canopy and the museum’s Garden Committee tossing a ceremonial shovel of dirt around the planting of a new heritage apricot tree. Blue Flamingo Quartet will perform, and snacks from Handheld Catering and wine samples from Tank House Winery will be served.

Admission is free and open to all.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.


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