The weather has been beckoning us to leave the house and get away for a destination ride. I have a list of three museums you’ll enjoy, plus a few extra goodies.
Museum of American Heritage, Palo Alto: The current exhibit – “In the Groove: A History of Record Players” – is a trek down memory lane for veteran enthusiasts and a source of info to the increasing number of vinyl hobbyists. Visitors will learn the background behind phonographs, jukeboxes and turntables. They’ll also explore the ways record players changed the landscape of music.
Some of the myriad topics explored include the various sizes of the records, the social impact of bringing music into the home, even how organized crime was involved with the jukebox industry.
The exhibit features a display of record players, early Edison phonographs, a Seeburg jukebox, a Metzner turntable and an assortment of music boxes.
Details: The exhibit runs through Aug. 19. The museum, founded in 1990, is located art 351 Homer St., Palo Alto. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission is free. 650-321-1004, or www.moah.org.
Museum on Main, Pleasanton: While in town for the Pleasanton Antiques Show May 27, visit this museum. It’s a treasure trove of the Tri-Valley and where you will learn about regional history. A trip to the gift shop after you peruse the exhibits rounds out your stop.
Details: The Museum is at 603 Main St., Pleasanton. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted. 925- 462-2766 or www.museumonmain.org.
Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos: The Los Altos History Museum is one of just a few museums in the country with special exhibitions curated by the National Archives to commemorate the centennial of the U.S. involvement in World War I. You can catch the exhibit “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I” through May 27.
The U.S. entry into World War I marked the beginning of its position as a great global power and forever affected our homeland. The show is truly amazing, and undeniably captures the patriotic fervor of America of that era with a draft registration, the emotional goodbyes of men leaving for training camps, the hoopla of a Liberty Loan drive and the violence of vigilantism.
The museum will follow up this exhibit with an in-house show about World War I entitled “Right Here: Our Local Stories.” It opens June 1 and runs through June 17.
It will feature locally collected artifacts and stories, which focus on the growing Los Altos community in the context of a wartime Peninsula with letters, original newspapers, information on Camp Fremont, as well as period posters.
Details: The Los Altos History Museum, 51 No. Antonio Road, Los Altos. Hours: noon-4 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. Admission is free. (650) 948-9427 ext. 14, or www.losaltoshistory.org.
Northern California Doulton Collector’s Club: If you’ve got a yen for Doulton wares, join the Northern California Doulton Collector’s Club. There’s a newsletter, quarterly meetings with lectures and programs, a chance to see private collections, an annual sale and opportunity to meet other gurus. I had the honor of addressing the membership recently, and learned a lot about the stunning British pottery and china.
Details: Contact Roxana Khachadourian at 916- 899-5034 or email email@example.com to ask for a free copy of the newsletter. Annual dues: $15.
Walnut Creek walking tour: The Walnut Creek Historical Society has a guided walking tour of downtown Walnut Creek every second Saturday through October. The next tour takes place June 9 at 9:30 a.m.
The 90-minute tour on city sidewalks will bring to life the early times of this East Bay city. It provides a new way to view the town. After the tour, participants are encouraged to explore shops and eateries downtown.
Details: Check-in begins 9 a.m. at fountain near Liberty Bell Plaza in front of Il Fornaio (corner of Broadway and Mt. Diablo Blvd.). Registration not required. Wear your comfortable walking shoes. 925-935-7871, or www.walnutcreekhistory.info.
A mystery no more: Next month, I will reveal the identity and winner of the mystery object contest. Countless thanks to the 140, or more, patient readers who took part in the fun.
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