Speakers Bureau Programs
Speakers Bureau programs are available free of charge to
groups of ten or more who meet within a reasonable driving
distance of the Rancho. A minimum of two weeks advance notice is
needed. To book a speaker, please contact the Rancho office at
Rancho Los Cerritos offers a variety of exciting speakers for
your group's next program or meeting. Our informed presenters
bring to life a bygone era with vivid images and lively dialog.
Each program covers a different aspect of the Rancho:
Rancho Los Cerritos: The Roots of Long Beach
(slides, 45 minutes). Trace the history of Rancho Los Cerritos
from its origins as a Spanish land grant to its transformation
into a historic site. This presentation touches upon the history
of the Rancho, our current educational programs, and our plans
for the future.
Rancho Los Cerritos: A Brief Overview (slides, 20
minutes). Find out why Rancho Los Cerritos is one of southern
California's most important historic sites. This short presentation
is designed for community-based groups that want to learn more about
one of Long Beach's cultural treasures.
Return to Adobe Days: Memoir of a California Girl
(slides & audio, 25 minutes). Explore early California through the
eyes of Sarah Bixby Smith, who often visited the Rancho in the late
19th century as a young girl. In this presentation, Sarah's colorful
words are paired with striking images of Rancho Los Cerritos during
All in the Families: A Tale of Rancho Los Cerritos
(slides, 30 minutes). Rancho Los Cerritos was home to three
prominent families between the 1840s and 1940s. Learn what brought
these families out west, and discover how their efforts helped shape
the destiny of Long Beach and other surrounding communities.
California Native Plants of Rancho Los Cerritos (slides,
40 minutes). This informative presentation discusses the native
plants, while also calling attention to some of our earliest
botanical immigrants. Discover how early settlers used these plants
in their daily lives.
The Gardens of Rancho Los Cerritos (slides, 30 minutes).
Rancho Los Cerritos was home to one of the earliest private gardens
in southern California. Learn about the plants introduced in the
1850s by John Temple, who built the adobe. Trace the garden's
subsequent evolution, including the major redesign by landscape
architect Ralph Cornell, in 1931. Discover our plans for maintaining
and restoring these beautiful gardens.
Voices from the Past (video, 18 minutes). Experience the
sights and sounds of early California as your group explores the
history of the Rancho through various eyes: a Chinese cook, an Irish
foreman, a Mexican vaquero, and Mr. & Mrs. Jotham Bixby.
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