The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibit, “Every Wrinkle Tells a Story: Intertwined Lives,” featuring photos and stories by Maud Daujean, is set to begin Thursday and run through May 8.
After living in Los Altos for seven years, Daujean, a French photographer, videographer and storyteller, wanted to learn more about the city and the people who made it special. Camera in hand, she spent a year photographing and interviewing 35 seniors in the community, capturing her subjects’ memories of the growth of Silicon Valley and how Los Altos managed to retain its village feel. His photographs and his stories are at the center of the exhibition.
“Elders have always fascinated me with their stories, their wisdom and their sense of humor,” said Daujean.
The memories and photos she collected became a book, “Faces of Los Altos (Every Wrinkle Tells a Story)”. She approached the museum with the idea of turning her book into an exhibit.
Seniors pictured include longtime residents Janet and Sam Harding, Chris Nagao, Dinesh Desai and Nomi Trapnell. Their videotaped testimonials capture memories such as Saturday matinees at the Los Altos Theater, the apricot harvest, and the rise of Hewlett-Packard. Visitors can view the videos by scanning the QR codes on their phone.
Programs supporting the exhibition include:
• “Learning to: Portrait Photography,” 10:30 am Saturday. Daujean will share his secrets on how to shoot the perfect portrait and sign copies of his book.
• “There’s No Place Like Home,” 5:30 p.m., March 10. The presentation will explore what cities are doing to help seniors age in place and whether secondary suites can help create sustainable, age-friendly communities.
• “All that is old is new”, 10:30 am on April 9th. Join the museum’s teen guides as they interview the people featured in the exhibit.
• “60 Is the New 40”, 5:30 p.m., April 28. The discussion will highlight how people are living and working longer and how this has changed the workplace.
All events are free and open to the public. They will be hosted in person and via Zoom. Online registration is mandatory. To register, visit losaltoshistory.org/Wrinkle.
The upper gallery of the museum is closed as work begins on a new permanent exhibition on the second floor. The main gallery opens Thursday with the premiere of Daujean’s exhibit, but the upper gallery and model train diorama will remain closed until both reopen when the permanent exhibit ends in early 2023.
The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Free entry.