The backbone of our mission is to keep our historic site's education
programs operational and at capacity. Your gift helps to
Adobe Days Revisited - The lifeblood of our
education programs is the thousands of children who participate in
the fourth-grade Adobe Days Revisited tours at Rancho Los
Cerritos, supplementing their studies of California history with a
hands-on experience at a landmark site - a place they can see, touch
smell and comprehend.
RLC Teen Docent Program
- The high school students who participate in our RLC Teen Docent
Program bring fabulous energy to the Rancho and our youth programs,
and the teens learn valuable public speaking and team building
- Children entering 1st - 5th grade learn about life in old
California through historic crafts, activities, games and
- Our family programs such as Mud Mania are widely popular in the
community, providing interactive, educational and - above all - FUN
experiences to thousands of guests.
Please Give a Hand to help
meet these needs!
A gift of $1,000 buys supplies for three months of school
$500 sponsors a teen to serve as a summer history camp
assistant for a week.
$250 provides training and materials for a Living History
$100 enables us to provide subsidies for fourth-grade
"Title I" low-income schools.
Any act of generosity will help Rancho Los Cerritos
fulfill our commitment to provide everyone in our community with
a positive and memorable experience.
Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach, CA 90807
or contact the Rancho at (562) 570-1755 for other options.
Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation supports the mission of Rancho
Los Cerritos Historic Site and was established as a 501c3 organization
in 1996 (Tax ID: 33-0618231). The foundation generates revenue
from private, corporate and public sources for planning, interpretive
programming, marketing, restoration, preservation and new construction
at the Rancho. These efforts preserve our cultural heritage,
enhance educational opportunities, expand access and enrich
the visitor experience.
Statement: The vision for Rancho Los Cerritos is to
inspire curiosity and respect for the past, to enrich
understanding of the present, to develop excitement for the
future, and to connect people with community, history and
Preserving Our Cultural Heritage Shortly
after incorporation, the foundation funded a comprehensive Master
Plan with its initial partners The John & James Knight Foundation,
The Spring Street Foundation and The Bixby Land Company. The idea
for such a plan was proposed in a Self-Study report funded by the
National Endowment for the Humanities. The plan provides a detailed
guide for innovative ways of interpreting the 19th Century site
for our 21st Century visitors. Most importantly, the plan recommends
the restoration and reconstruction projects that will play an integral
role in preserving the site for future generations.
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Rancho Los Cerritos Master Plan won national acclaim as a "Save
America's Treasures" project in 1999; a distinguished "2001 Design
Award" from the California Preservation Foundation in recognition
of outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation;
and, in 2003 a "Merit Award" presented by Long Beach Heritage.
completion of the plan, the City of Long Beach received $1,600,000
in public funds on behalf of the Rancho through the 1996 Los Angeles
Park Bond Act, FEMA and Proposition 12. With these grants, safety
issues were addressed. Construction was completed in the areas of
seismic retrofitting, disabled visitor access, and roof and woodwork
restoration. The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association added
to the excitement by funding the restoration of the 1930s orchard
designed for the Bixby family by Ralph Cornell, a well-known landscape
architect of the time.
continues on Master Plan recommendations. The Rudolph & Daphne Munzer
Foundation has generously funded architectural designs for entryway
improvements and these plans should be available by 2004; and the
LeBurta Atherton Foundation has made an initial gift for the proposed
Visitor Center. Additionally, design work for the arroyo restoration,
perimeter landscaping and California native garden has been funded
by a generous grant from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
school and family relationships are effective partnerships in educating
children. Teachers, students, caregivers and parents look to historians
for bringing our cultural heritage alive, in an exciting and educational
City of Long Beach provides for staff salaries and basic operational
costs, yet it is only with support from our philanthropic partners
that we are able to fund the many special initiatives that make
local history fun and stimulating.
J. Paul Getty Trust has provided a summer intern through the foundation
since 1999. The intern assists in researching collections and planning
family events. The Earl & Lorraine Miller Foundation funded the
production of a popular video now used in our Speakers Bureau program.
This video served as an important classroom outreach tool while
the Rancho was closed for construction projects in 2001-2002. Public
Corporation for the Arts has also generously underwritten family
and children's programs.
If you have been inspired by the role Rancho Los
Cerritos plays in your life – or the lives of countless children
and visitors to this valuable community asset – we ask that you
Rancho in your estate planned giving decisions.
Whether your objective in making a
planned gift is to maximize your retirement income while
receiving a tax savings - or to provide a gift in a
bequest or other planned giving vehicle – Rancho Los Cerritos
needs your support.In response to your generosity, we will recognize
your gift in perpetuity, or within your lifetime, as a
member of the Adobe Heritage