MOAH Summer Concert Series

Orange Line

Vintage Toys: It's Child's Play! will be on display on September 28, 2018 to February 17, 2019.


Matchbox Cars and Educational Mechanical Models
Thursday, October 11 at 7pm

Join us for an evening toy panel discussion with Trevor Heathorn and Charlie Pack. We will take a step back into childhood nostalgia and discuss the worlds of Matchbox cars, Erector sets and Meccano sets.

Admission is free to MOAH members and $10.00 for non-members. Wine and light refreshments will be served for your further enjoyment.

About Trevor Heathorn:
Trevor was given Matchbox toys between the ages of 7-11 during the 1960's in England. He played with (and damaged) those models through childhood and didn't re-discover them as collectibles in the United States until the 1980's. It was then that his collection of pre-1970 toys began to grow over the next 20 years.

Trevor will be discussing the history of the Matchbox company from its founding after WW2 and onwards through the 1970's.

He will cover the various ranges of toys that were produced including the 1-75, major pack, king size, accessories and models of yesteryear. He will also share his knowledge about the variations in models, which account for their rarity and value.

About Charlie Pack:
As a youngster Charlie's father bought him several Erector sets, but he always wanted more. Now, as a retired software engineer, professional accountant, and amateur mechanical engineer he is able to obtain all the parts he has ever wanted. Charlie builds models from parts of old Erector, Meccano and other metal construction systems. He even makes customized pieces to fit his creations. He builds models of real life items rather than models in instruction books and many are his own design, which are built to scale.

Charlie will be demonstrating several models and explaining their technical workings. He will also be discussing construction history and nuances of mechanical design.

Barbershop Harmony: From the 1830s to 2018
Thursday, November 15 at 7pm

A truly American vocal tradition, Barbershop singing developed from black singing in the 19th century and today counts tens of thousands of men and women as enthusiastic participants. The Metro Gnomes quartet will take you on a journey through the world of close harmony to explain and demonstrate this art form, with wax-cylinder sound recordings, videos, and live performances. Learn how barbershop quartets helped to sell early phonographs, and of the nationwide radio broadcast of the 1939 New York barbershop singing contest. Hear how, through careful blending, four voices can sound like many times that number.

Singing in the barbershop style is a vibrant tradition, with men and women of all ages enjoying the beautiful harmonies. The Barbershop Harmony Society (founded in 1938 as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barberhop Quartet Singing in America) and similar organizations have promoted singing throughout the country and the entire world.

MOAH members are free. Non-members are $10 each (cash only at the door, please). Wine and light refreshments will be served.

MOAH Summer Concert Series

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MOAH hosts Share Faire, October 7, 1pm to 3pm

Halloween is just around the corner! Need a Halloween costume? Have an old costume you don't use any more? Attend the Halloween Costume Swap and Scare Faire on October 7 and enjoy face painting, a story circle, pumpkin decorating, costume makeovers, and our favorite - a Costume Swap.

Bring your old costumes at 1:00. You'll receive a sequential number. At 1:20, numbers will be called, starting with 1, to let people in to look for new costumes. Every few minutes they'll let in people with the next few numbers. When all of the numbers are exhausted, they'll open the room to share the remaining costumes with everyone in attendance.

While you're waiting, check out the Scare Faire - a traditional Transition Palo Alto Share Faire with some Halloween twists. Learn a skill, find something in need of a home, meet your neighbors, have some fun.


MOAH Hosts BAYLUG's Annual Holiday Pop-Up Exhibit featuring LEGO®

The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), the Bay Area LEGO® User Group (BayLUG), and the Bay Area LEGO® Train Club (BayLTC) will once again co-host the Annual Holiday Show featuring LEGO® at MOAH. Visitors will enjoy a variety of LEGO® creations made by members of the club, featuring train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, sculptures, portraits, and more!

The holiday show will be open to the public on Friday, December 7, 2018 through January 13, 2019 (11 am - 3:30 pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Club members will be present during weekend hours to answer questions about the displays. Admission is $3 per person (cash only, at the door, please), free for BayLUG and MOAH members. If you are a MOAH member, please let the cashier know so that you can get in for free. No strollers in the galleries during this time. Thank you for understanding.

Only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Opening Day: Friday, December 7
Last Day of the Exhibit: Sunday, January 13
Hours: 11am to 3:30pm

For more information on BAYLUG, please visit their website,


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