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Current exhibition:Cointraptions: Classic Coin-Operated Machines. Showcasing vintage cash registers, slot machines, vending machines and more. Open from 11am to 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

 
LECTURES

Feb. 6, 2020 at 7pm - The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing presented by Daniel Calderon, SFO Museum

The typewriter is one of the great inventions of the modern world. A marvel of industrial engineering and ingenuity, it revolutionized communication and was an essential tool for countless writers. To comprehend the typewriter’s impact, consider a world where typing did not exist and handwriting was the main form of non-verbal communication. The ease and speed of communication on paper increased dramatically when typewriters became available in the late 1800s. Typewriting was efficient, created clear and legible documents, and easily produced multiple copies using carbon paper. In recent years, a renewed interest in typewriting has brought many of these classic machines back into focus. Unlike computers, typewriters translate ideas directly onto paper through an audible rhythm of keys and swinging type-bars. There is no delete function to shroud errors, and a well-edited typescript illustrates a creative process through handwritten notations and corrections typed over in ink. Today, collectors and writers all over the world value the timeless aesthetics and utility of the typewriter. This lecture will explore the history of typewriter technology and innovation through more than a century of design, from early writing machines to modern portables and Asian typewriters with thousands of characters. The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing will be presented by Daniel Calderon, Curator of Exhibitions at SFO Museum. The lecture will draw from an exhibition produced by SFO Museum in 2017 that included selected typewriters from the collection of The Museum of American Heritage.

SFO Museum

Established in 1980 by the Airport Commission, SFO Museum’s mission is to delight, engage, and inspire a global audience with programming on a broad range of subjects; to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of commercial aviation; and to enrich the public experience at San Francisco International Airport. The Museum was granted initial accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1999, reaccredited in 2019, and has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport. Today, SFO Museum features thirty galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions, research our collection, or for more information, please visit www.SFOMuseum.org.

About the Speaker
Daniel Calderon is a Curator of Exhibitions at SFO Museum. He holds a master’s degree in history from California State University, Northridge, and was previously Chief Curator at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Curator for The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing at SFO Museum in 2017, Daniel is currently producing exhibitions for 2020 on the history of Instrumental Rock ‘n Roll and Antique American Motorcycles.

April 9, 2020 at 7pm: A Historic Garden from Past to Present presented by Betsy Fryberger

A Historic Garden from Past to Present:
Join us for an evening as Betsy Fryberger and Richard Hayden take us through the history of the early years of MOAH and Gamble Gardens as private properties to current use as City of Palo Alto public gardens. Betsy G. Fryberger will discuss the Williams property, now home to MOAH.

About the Speaker
Betsy G. Fryberger
Betsy grew up in Chicago near Lincoln Park and as a child spent time exploring its gardens, Glass House Conservatory, and zoo. At college she majored in History of Art. In 1958, she married David Fryberger. After doing graduate work at Harvard, they settled in Chicago, where David received his PhD in physics from the University of Chicago and Betsy worked in the Print and Drawing Department of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1967, they moved to Palo Alto, where David joined the staff of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. In 1970, she joined the very small staff of the Stanford University Museum of Art and remained there for forty years (including twenty after the earthquake when its name was changed to the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts). One of her favorite exhibitions was The Changing Garden: Four Centuries of European and American Art. Active in the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, she has served on the education committee and remains involved as a docent. For the past five years she has volunteered at the MOAH Williams garden, with members of the Garden Club of Palo Alto, creating World War II Victory Gardens. In addition, she has helped with replanting and care of other areas, especially the iris beds.

May 14, 2020 at 7pm - Cringeworthy and Bizarre Artifacts

MOAH president Jim Wall shows some of the weird, unusual, and cringeworthy artifacts from the museum collection. Come see and hear about artifacts that are disturbing, terrifying, and just plain odd.

About the Speaker
Jim Wall was a computer hardware engineer that specialized in working at start-up companies in the Silicon Valley from the mid 1970's through the mid 2000's. He was one of the significant design engineers in the field of early business computers including UNIX based systems, multi-user business machines and fault tolerant computer systems. He was often sought out by venture capitalists for his broad set of engineering skills as well as his management abilities. Over a 30-year career, Jim helped lead seven successful start-up companies to acquisition or public offering. Jim ended his high technology career as a Vice President for a division of Quantum Computers. Jim is currently active in volunteering at several Palo Alto non-profit organizations and serves as the Board President of MOAH.

 
MOAH Summer Concert Series

Jun. 4, 2020 at 7pm featuring the Peralta Consort

The Peralta Consort is a mixed ensemble performing music written before 1800 on a mixture of period and modern instruments. The group is a non-profit affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society. For more information, please visit their website

Jul. 30, 2020 at 7pm featuring Yuri Liberzon

Yuri Liberzon is an internationally acclaimed concert classical guitarist and recording artist. Born in Novosibirsk, Russia and raised in Israel, Yuri has been recognized for his impressive technical ability and musicality. He received his Bachelor of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory as well as his Master of Music degree from Yale University. For more information, please visit his website

Aug. 13, 2020 at 7pm featuring Left Bank / Rive Gauche

Left Bank / Rive Gauche trio’s speciality is French cafe-style music of the 1930s and 1940s. They play at public and private events in the San Francisco mid Peninsula area. For more information, please visit their website

 
EVENTS

Repair Cafe, Jan. 26, 2020, 11am to 3pm
Bring your broken items to Repair Cafe! Don't throw it out, get it fixed! There are repair volunteers on site that will help fix your broken items and breathe new life into them.

For more information, please visit their Website

 
SPECIAL EVENTS

MOAH Hosts Annual BayLUG Holiday Show Pop-Up Exhibit featuring LEGO®
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! This year's theme is BayLUG at the Beach, featuring a whimsical beach scene.

The holiday show will be open to the public on Friday, December 6, 2019 through January 5, 2020. 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). No strollers in the galleries during this time. Thank you for understanding.

Only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Opening Day: Friday, December 6, 2019
Last Day of the Exhibit: Sunday, January 5, 2020.
Hours of the Show: 11am to 3:30pm.
For more information on BAYLUG, please visit their Website, http://www.baylug.org/

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this show, BayLUG/BayLTC, or MOAH.

 
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