Harris-Lass Museum Family Fun Day

Submitted by Harris Lass Museum Board Member Mary Hanel

The Harris-Lass Historic Museum, 1889 Market Street (west of Winchester), Santa Clara, will kick off its Spring events season with a nautical and maritime history-themed Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 19th.


Festivities will run from 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. and will include a variety of crafts and games for children including making sailor hats, tying sailor knots, sponge painting with maritime-themed stencils, face painting, filling out a  passport for a chance to fish a prize from a treasure chest, taking photos at a booth with sea surprises, and more.

Visitors can also enjoy free house tours given on the half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. House tours include the opportunity to see a special exhibit on Captain Lass’s years as a ship captain and the nautical artifacts in the house. This year marks what would be the 175th birthday of Captain Lass and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The historian of the South Bay Yacht Club and South Bay Historic Restoration Foundation will have a table in the house to provide information on Santa Clara County’s maritime history, the Alviso Marina and a local Sea Scout program.  Sea Scouts may make an appearance.

The sponsoring Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara will be serving complimentary light refreshments and lemonade. The Fun Day is a free event. Refreshments are also free although donations are happily accepted. For more information, call the Museum’s message line at 1-408-249-7905 or view its website: http://harrislass.org.