Stanford community invited to learn about the origins of the computer at two free exhibits

Take a copy of this flyer to the Computer History Museum for free admission and membership discounts

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View is hosting a weekend of free admission for members of the Stanford community.

Staff, faculty and students can enjoy the main exhibit, “Revolution: The First 2,000 years of Computing,” as well as other attractions for free Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19.

The Computer History Museum also is offering Stanford faculty, staff and students a one-time exclusive offer this weekend of two-year memberships for the price of one and discounts at the museum store and café. Just bring a Stanford ID and a copy of the attached flier.

The computer also takes center stage at a photography exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center on campus.

Through June 16, visitors can see “Lee Friedlander: The Cray Photographs,” which includes 79 works by Friedlander, who was lauded for his straightforward documentation of ordinary things.
In 1986, Cray Research Inc., then the world’s top supercomputer producer, invited Friedlander to visit its worksite in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and take photographs for a book marking Cray’s 15th anniversary. This exhibition features the vintage gelatin silver prints in the resulting set, Cray at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Admission to the Cantor Arts Center, which is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, is free.

—BROOKE DONALD