June 8, 2021
Kelsey M. Combellick
(408) 299-5050 office
(408) 299-1277 cell
MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HERITAGE
RECEIVES COUNTY GRANT
JOSE – Today, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously
approved a Historical Heritage Grant for the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH)
in Palo Alto’s Williams House and Ruth Bell Lane Gardens.
noted that, “While the grant is a relatively small amount ($12,270), it will
literally allow the Museum to keep the roof on and the rain out – no small
voting for the County grant, Simitian recalled that years ago he served on the Palo
Alto City Council when the Council voted to approve the original lease that
gave MOAH its current home in the Williams House. That lease has since been
renewed until 2043.
MOAH’s mission is to show the evolution, influence, and relevance
of historic innovations to the technologies and society of the past and
present. The curiosity of Frank Livermore led to the collection, preservation
and display of historic objects and inventions that illustrate the effects and
influence of innovation. The County’s Historical Heritage Grant will allow MOAH
to replace its flat roof system and add 15 years of life to the structure.
Williams House, built in 1906 by architect Ernest Coxhead, is a designated
historic property and its Tudor Revival House is one of only two remaining
Coxhead designs in Palo Alto. The house was gifted to the City of Palo Alto in
1989 with the provision that the house and gardens be maintained as a center
for cultural purposes in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Williams. In 1990, the museum
opened to the public, showcasing past inventions and replicas, while also
offering a glimpse into the home and gardens.
re-opened in March 2021. General
admission is free and open to the public during regular hours. http://www.moah.org/visit.html