Los Altos History Museum launching outdoor exhibit on women’s suffrage

A local museum is set to honor a key advancement in our nation’s history, with a twist.

The Los Altos History Museum is celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage with a new exhibit. But, given COVID-19, the learning will happen outdoors.

Beginning August 20, ‘Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage’ will show on the wraparound porch of the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House.

The self-guided tour includes photos and narrative on large, social-distancing-friendly panels.

“We were disappointed not to be able to open the exhibition as planned in the main gallery, but flexibility is the name of the game this year,” said Exhibition Curator, Dr. Amy Ellison.

This new exhibit opens just days before Women’s Equality Day, August 26.

Like many of their exhibits, the Los Altos showcase will hone in on Bay Area angles, showing Bay Area suffragists.

“We want visitors to understand what a long and arduous road it was for women to be able to vote, and that the fight for equality is far from over,” Ellison added.

The museum is continuing to run a number of exhibits and programming during the COVID era, including many online.

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