Event

History Guild Day Trip | Filoli and the Computer History Museum

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:45 am–5 pm

Join the History Guild for a guided tour of the beautiful Filoli gardens, lush with colorful expanses of early spring blooms. The formal gardens, known worldwide for their beauty in all seasons, surround the Willis Polk-designed country estate built in 1915 for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn.

For a contrast, in the afternoon we venture to the Computer History Museum. If you are envisioning endless rows of outdated desktop and laptop computers, you're in for a surprise! This unique museum traces the story of computing through the centuries and how humans have striven to invent ever-more efficient computing devices to maximize economy and efficiency in scientific research, agriculture, medicine, and business. You'll find historic and familiar objects not usually considered "computers," such as the abacus, adding machines, cash registers, slide rules, large Marchant and Burroughs office calculators and hand calculators. We'll have a demonstration and explanation of the 1847 Babbage Difference Engine designed to calculate and tabulate a class of mathematical functions-just one of the many fascinating and historical computers on view at this museum.

For more information, contact historyguild@museumca.org.

For more information about OMCA Guilds, including how to join and a list of upcoming trips, visit museumca.org/travel-guilds.