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ducks

These two mallards have been visiting Rancho Los Cerritos for years. They love bathing in the pond’s inner courtyard. For many seasons, the RLC ducks have nested on site, but they have never been able to raise a brood, due to poor nest placement and predation. We’re hoping this is the year for a successful[…]

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Dena White

Dena White, Curatorial Textile Intern Education info: BA in Journalism; currently studying pre-program conservation methods and digitization of historical collections. What led you to pursue an internship at the Rancho? As I was nearing graduation, I realized that the current state of journalism no longer reflected my interests. Instead, I sought opportunities to gain experience[…]

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Tulip 'Kingsblood'

  Tulips are March’s plant of the moment. They can be seen in their annual glory in the courtyard and will be coming soon to the backyard. Tulips get special treatment here at Rancho Los Cerritos: in order to get a proper chill on these bulbs in our temperate climate, they spend several weeks in our[…]

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tongva5

Rancho Los Cerritos welcomed this year’s lecture series, “Foodways of the West” with special guest Craig Torres leading a discussion on Tongva Traditions on Feb. 25. Tongva descendant Craig Torres delved into the cultural history of the Tongva, particularly on Spanish colonization and its effects on indigenous peoples and plant life. Torres explored how the impacts of[…]

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Reverend Hathaway

  As people looked toward the West during the mid 19th-century, the presence of African-American cowboys in the cattle herding industry was overshadowed by depictions of a romanticized frontier at the reign of White cowboys. In Southern California, cattle ranchers like Rancho Los Cerritos ownder John Temple were being swept away with the booming demand[…]

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IMG_3488 Arctostaphylos 'Howard McMinn'

Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn,’ or Manzanita Howard McMinn is February’s plant of the moment. The evergreen shrub was hybridized from a species native to Central California and has since found its way to Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach. This winter plant is located at the top of Arroyo on the site and along the fence[…]

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Rosy2

A number of curatorial interns come through Rancho Los Cerritos’ green gates every semester, from colleges in Long Beach and across Southern California. At the Rancho, they help with preservation, documentation, and even the creation of exhibits. This month: meet Rosana Anguiano. Education info: BFA Drawing and Painting What led you to pursue an internship at the[…]

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Romances at the Ranch

Through the power of storytelling, Rancho Los Cerritos’ “Romances at the Rancho” will conjure up an evening that can be enjoyed by couples and individuals alike looking to treat themselves to an evening of light-hearted fun. “Romances at the Rancho” invites guests to a special after-hours, candlelight tour navigating through some of the greatest love[…]

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Domestic servants from China in 19th-century California

Rancho Los Cerritos is celebrating Chinese New Year by remembering the history of Chinese communities in Long Beach and southern California. The majority of Chinese men coming to California in the 19th century were from provinces experiencing economic turmoil, political unrest, and natural disasters. They were drawn first by the dream of striking it rich in[…]

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Erin Perkins

Erin Perkins has a busy job working in student relations at California State University, Long Beach. But that doesn’t keep her from being one of Rancho Los Cerritos’ most committed volunteers! A southern California native, Erin first began volunteering with the Rancho in 2009. That work kept her busy until she left California in 2013[…]

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