Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807
HOURS: 260 hours, to be completed between April and December 2015
COMPENSATION: $10 hour
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Director: Ellen Calomiris
has worked at the Rancho since 1982. She received a bachelor's
degree in history from California State University, Long Beach;
studied abroad under a Fulbright Scholarship; and earned a master's
United States history at the University of Delaware, where she was a Hagley Fellow. As Historic Sites Officer, she is responsible for
the overall operations of the Rancho, which include staff, budget,
educational programs and events, contract management, grant writing,
and site maintenance. She also oversees construction and
restoration projects and helped develop the site’s Master Plan. Furthermore, as Executive Director for the Rancho Los Cerritos
Foundation, she provides staff support to the Board of Directors and
assists with resource development. Ellen highly values the
relationships that the Rancho has formed with its volunteers and
also enjoys seeing the facility’s long range plans come into
information about the site, contact Ellen at:
the Rancho staff in 2003, Meighan Maguire received a bachelor's
communication studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a
doctorate's degree in communication from the University of
California, San Diego.
Meighan manages the education programs, a job that includes teaching
Rancho history and overseeing the award-winning school tour
program. She also develops and implements engaging programs for
youth and teens. Meighan’s goal for the Rancho education programs
is that they will help guests “extract meaning from historical
fact”, and thus enrich our community’s knowledge of its heritage.
information about the education programs, contact Meighan at:
Ferris has served as the Development Director for the Rancho Los
Cerritos Foundation since 2008. Charlene’s career in the field of
non-profit management in the Southern California area spans over 25
years, supporting boards and volunteers with the resources that
nurture a culture of philanthropy. Charlene helps create and
implement resource development and communication strategies vital to
the mission of the organization. Charlene describes her job as a way
of “raising relationships before dollars” in order to secure a
meaningful connection between the community and the historic site.
make a donation, inquire about site use, and other development
contact Charlene at:
Curator: Tory Swim Inloes
Tory Swim Inloes joined the Rancho staff in November 2013 and is responsible for the care, development, and exhibition of the museum's collections. Tory has been active in the history profession since 2004 and, in addition to a museum background, brings a wide range of experience including teaching history at the collegiate level, writing and publishing local history, and contributing to historic resources surveys. Tory’s understanding of museum practice flourished during the writing of her dissertation, “Enriching Representation: Finding the Voice and Perspective of Children in California History Museums.” Tory holds a BA in history (CSU Sacramento, 2004), a MA in public history (CSU Sacramento, 2006), and a PhD in public history (CSU Sacramento/UC Santa Barbara, 2014).
For information about the collections,
archives, and California History Research Library, contact Tory at:
Visitor and Volunteer
Jan Shafer has
worked at the Rancho since 2001. Her position at the site involves
the recruitment of volunteers and the implementation of volunteer
programs, as well as the organization of many of the Rancho’s
special events. The most rewarding aspect of Jan’s work at the
Rancho is that it gives her the opportunity to provide the public
with a hands-on approach to historical education. Jan received
a bachelor's degree in
sociology from California State University, Long Beach.
information about volunteering, contact Jan at:
a certified horticulturist, has maintained the living collections at
the Rancho since 1992. Her main responsibility is maintaining and
preserving the historic grounds. In addition, she supervises the
maintenance contractors, garden volunteers, garden craft committee,
and garden docent program. One of Marie’s main projects has been
increasing the Rancho’s sustainability (through integrated pest and
resource management programs) while simultaneously preserving and
re-introducing historical plant material. Furthermore, her work
been published in regional publications and trade journals. She is
also featured in Pioneers of American Landscape Design, a collection
of biographies of visionary professionals assembled as part of the
Heritage Preservation service program of the National Park Service.
information about the gardens, contact Marie at:
Relations & Marketing:
Sander Roscoe Wolff
Roscoe Wolff joined the Rancho team in April of 2014. He brings more
than 20 years of cultural journalism, marketing, and public
relations experience to the table, having worked with large
corporations and served on the boards of local arts organizations.
He co-founded LongBeachCulture.org, the first free arts and culture
portal for the city, and wrote more than 500 arts-focused articles
for LBPost.com during his 6 year tenure. He is an artist and
musician, currently working as one half of the improvisational
electronica duo, Toaster Music.
Danielle Lewis joined the Rancho staff in October 2014. She recieved her bachleor's degree in English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and has experience in writing, editing, and design. Danielle's work experience includes working as a volunteer coordinator/media specialist at an organization in San Francisco and, more recently, as an art instructor for Arts and Services for Disabled in Hawthorne. She enjoys being a part of what the Rancho does for the community and for the preservation of our local history.
Public Programs Associate:
Julia Eberhardt joined the Rancho team in November 2014. She graduated from Niagara University in 2013 with a Bachelorís degree in Social Studies Education, 1-9 with a focus on childrenís literacy development. Julia brings a mixture of formal teacher training, volunteer support experience, and informal interpretive experience to the education department at the Rancho. Julia is currently studying free-choice learning at museums to understand how best practices will benefit current and future program participants at the Rancho.
Staff Interpreter: Laura
Laura first joined Rancho Los Cerritos in 2010, as a volunteer for Adobe Days Revisited, a program that reaches 6,000 local fourth grade students each year. In March of 2013, she was hired to provide living history tours of the historic ranch house and gardens, and continue working with visiting students. She also manages the reproduction costume collection, finds or creates period appropriate costumes for new living history and school docents, and provides volunteer opportunities for those interested in fashion history or creating costumes for the wardrobe. Laura loves to bring history to life for visitors by interpreting the museum through characters from the past, and enabling docents to bring personalities from the Rancho's past to life.
Caretaker: Lui Rasto Kodames
Us by Mail:
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807
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