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and other fun happenings at Rancho Los Cerritos.


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 Wednesday - Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Phone: (562) 206-2040
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206-2049

 

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Creation Station: Sunny Yellow!

 

Saturday, May 2 - 1-4 p.m. 

Join us on Saturday, May 2, for Creation Station, a free drop-in craft program for elementary-age children. May’s theme, Sunny Yellow, will feature a Cinco De Mayo craft, a historic May craft, and a Mother's Day craft. This is a great opportunity for children to explore their creativity in a unique historical setting. Creation Station is offered rain or shine, 1-4 p.m., on the first Saturday of the month. No reservations required. Free house tours are available throughout the afternoon, and free garden tour starts at 2:30 p.m.

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Mothers' Tea & Victorian Fashion Show


Tuesday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m.


Rancho Los Cerritos is hosting a Mothers’ Tea and Victorian Fashion show on Tuesday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m., in the Rancho’s beautiful adobe home. The tea will feature a variety of scones, finger sandwiches, delectable pastries, and fresh fruit.

The event includes “Women of the West: A Promenade Through History.” This fashion show features hand-made clothing in styles dating from the 1860s through the early 1900s, modeled primarily by Rancho volunteers and staff. Diana Marquez, a volunteer living history docent who portrays Margaret Bixby, helped to organize the show.

“Our goal for these ‘Women of the West’ shows is to educate through entertainment,” Marquez explained. “We present not only the fashions worn back in the day, but also the spirit and strength of the women who wore them.”

Following the tea, guests are invited to tour the adobe home and browse the museum shop. Seating is extremely limited, and advance registration is required. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased by calling 562-206-2040.

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Lecture Series:

Remembering the Civil War: Perspectives on Race, Place, and Movement

Saturday, May 16th

Dr. Todd W. Wahlstrom presents, "North and South to the Border: Yankees, Confederates, and Mexico after the Civil War."


Third Saturdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. from February – June

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is presenting Remembering the Civil War: Perspectives on Race, Place, and Movement, a four-part Saturday morning lecture series featuring renowned scholars who bring unique insights to this tumultuous era.

On May 16th, the series continues with Dr. Todd W. Wahlstrom’s lecture, “North and South to the Border: Yankees, Confederates, and Mexico after the Civil War.” After the Civil War, northerners and southerners crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border in pursuit of economic opportunities.

According to Wahlstrom, “Union general William S. Rosecrans sought to build transnational railroads and use the economic energies of the United States to forge a cooperationist pathway with Mexico and Latin America. Similarly, Confederate general Jo Shelby worked to develop agricultural colonies and create a bi-regional trade partnership between Mexico and the South.” This talk examines the dual movement of Yankees and Confederates into Mexico and how the end of the Civil War served as a launching point for rebinding the Union on new economic foundations.

Dr. Wahlstrom is a visiting professor of history at Pepperdine University and author of The Southern Exodus to Mexico: Migration across the Borderlands after the American Civil War. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his research focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American West and South, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Lectures begin at 10 a.m. and last 90 minutes, including time for audience questions. Admission is $7, $5 for students with I.D., and is payable at the door. Seating is limited, so advance registration is encouraged. The series is part of an ongoing effort by the Rancho to present low cost and free programming that expands the understanding of California history for area residents. To register, and for more information, please call 562-206-2040.

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FREE Summer Concert:
The Band of the California Battalion

 

Sunday, May 24, 5:30 - 7 p.m. 

The Band of the California Battalion plays authentic instruments, primarily brass horns designed by Adolph Sax, and performs military and popular music from the American Civil War era. The band is led by Dr. Gary Thomas Scott, Dean of the School of Creative Arts and Applied Sciences at Long Beach City College.

Guests are invited to arrive at 4:30 for pre-concert picnicking. Blankets and low back chairs are welcome. Smoking and pets are not allowed.


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Overview of 2015 Events



Creation Station


First Saturdays from 1-4 PM
A free drop-in program of seasonally themed craft activities
Themes are: April 4 (Cool Blues), May 2 (Sunny Yellow), June 6 (Rainbow Surprise), Oct 3 (Outrageous Orange), Nov 7 (Brilliant Brown), and Dec 5 (Gorgeous Green).

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Civil War Lecture Series


Third Saturdays from 10-11:30 AM through June
April 18: Dr. Glenna Matthews, "The Civil War and the Birth of Modern California"
May 16: Dr. Todd W. Wahlstrom, "North and South to the Border: Yankees, Confederates, and Mexico after the Civil War"
June 20: Gene Dermody, "Reverend George W. Hathaway: Remembrances of my abolitionist and Civil War service experiences"
$7 per person, $5 with current Student ID.
Reservations Required - Seating is Limited


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Mother's Tea & Victorian Fashion Show


Tuesday, May 12 - 11:30 AM
The tea will feature a variety of scones, finger sandwiches, delectable pastries, and fresh fruit. The event includes “Women of the West: A Promenade Through History.” This fashion show features hand-made clothing in styles dating from the 1860’s through the early 1900s, modeled primarily by Rancho volunteers and staff.

Following the tea, guests are invited to tour the adobe home and browse the museum shop. Seating is extremely limited, and advance registration is required. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased by calling 562-206-2040.
Seating is Limited. Reservations Required


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Sounds & Spaces: “Made in America” Concert


Presented by Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, June 14
7 PM
Free concert includes performances of Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, Jennifer Higdon’s "Autumn Music" for Wind Quintet, Jeff Scott’s “Homage to Duke,” and Arturo Marquez’ Danza al Mediodía
Seating is Limited. Reservations Required.
To reserve a spot, call (562) 436-3203, ext. 244 or email RSVP@LongBeachSymphony.org with your name, phone number, and the number of seats you are requesting.

Summer Concert Series


4th Sundays from May through August
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Free concerts in the Rancho’s beautiful backyard.
May 24: Band of the California Battalion - A Civil War Band
June 28: Smokin' Cobras - 50s Rock & Roll
July 26: Chet Getz Cool - A Celebration of West Coast Cool Jazz
August 23: The Walking Phoenixes - A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Gate opens at 4:30 for pre-concert picknicing

Summer Adventure Day Camp


Kids ages 6-10 enjoy fun crafts, games and activities with just a bit of history thrown in.

July 13-16 - Vaquero Adventures
July 20-24 - Old Time Adventures
July 27-31 - Adobe Adventures


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New For 2015!

August 3-7 - Middle School Adventure Week! (Ages 11-13)

Developed specifically for preteens ages 11-13, the program will help young people develop team-building and interpersonal communication skills. They will also spend the week discovering a variety of historic activities, and explore Victorian era technology and entertainment.

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All sessions run from 10 AM – 2 PM
$100 per session, per child. Reservations Required

Mud Mania! A Celebration of Adobe


Sunday, August 16
12:30 – 4:30 PM
At the Rancho’s most popular event, kids of all ages are invited to explore the significance of mud in a festive atmosphere filled great music, and many muddy activities.
$7 for Adults. $5 for Children. Kids ages 3 and under are free.

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Victorian Magic Show


Saturday, October 24
Two Shows: 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
In the Victorian era, popular stage magicians began to create illusions that seemed to blur the boundaries between the natural and supernatural worlds. Join us as Victor Ian Elan presents a spellbinding demonstration of prestidigitation, legerdemain, and mind reading. You may even assist him in a brave attempt to make contact with spirits.

Seating is extremely limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Price $60 per person.

Holiday Tea


Tuesday, December 8
10:30 a.m.
At our annual Holiday Tea, you will experience Victorian-era Christmas celebrations and traditions, brought to life by our volunteer costumed docents. The tea includes scones, finger sandwiches and other treats, amidst the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe home that is the centerpiece of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Guests will enjoy seasonal music and may tour the home, showcasing many of the museum’s holiday-themed collections in lavishly decorated rooms.

The Holiday Tea takes place on Tuesday, December 8, at 10:30 a.m.. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. People interested in participating should call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Price TBA

Old Time Christmas Festival


Sunday, December 13
1 - 7 PM
The festival begins with music, storytellers, crafts and activities, and even a visit from Santa, amidst the lavishly decorated adobe home. Once the sun goes down, the Rancho will be lit by candles and oil lamps, and costumed living history docents will share their memories of Victorian-era holidays at the Rancho.
Light refreshments will be served.
No reservations needed.
Admission is payable at the entrance.
Price TBA


Cocoa With Santa


Tuesday, December 15
4-5:30 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is being visited by a very special guest on Tuesday, December 15. At 4 p.m., children are invited to have Cocoa With Santa. Kids will enjoy delicious cocoa and wee marshmallows, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, tour the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe house and learn how Victorian era kids celebrated the holidays. Then, they’ll get to meet Santa. Parents are welcome to take photos.

Admission is $8 per person. Seating on Santa’s lap is limited, so advance reservations are required. People interested in participating should call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Reservations Required
 

 

 
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