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The LA as Subject Archives Bazaar is going virtual and will be hosted online on 10/17. You can view all of the virtual exhibitor booths by clicking here: https://laassubject.org/archives-bazaar/archives-bazaar-demand-virtual-exhibitor-booths-showcases-and-tutorials. In addition to having the Rancho featured on the Archives Bazaar site, we are also included in their virtual exhibit: https://scalar.usc.edu/works/when-i-think-of-home/index.

Name and Title: Taryn McMillen, Getty Marrow Curatorial Intern 2020 Education info: I studied art history at California State University, Long Beach, and graduated spring 2020 What led you to pursue an internship at the Rancho? I have always been interested in pursuing a career in museums, and after meeting with Sarah, the curator, I[…]

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In honor of National Diversity Week 2020, we are proud to share our recently adopted Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) statement. In 2018, with the support of the California Arts Council, our Board, staff, and volunteers began DEIA training to transform the work of our organization. We are committed to continuing this important work to[…]

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The Heliotropum (Heliotrope) is looking beautiful this month. In Adobe Days, Sarah Bixby Smith lists the plants she remembers from Temple’s garden. She ends with, “… and heliotrope made a heaven of fragrance.” Honoring that list, Ralph Cornell – the 1930s landscape architect at RLC – installed six heliotropes, and our horticulturist, Marie Barnidge McIntyre,[…]

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The Rancho Los Cerritos museum shop is full of one-of-a-kind products. These products are hand made by local artisans and volunteers. These hand-made products belong to either the Artisan Collection or the Legacy Collection. Artisan Collection items are made by the garden crafts committee under the guidance of horticulturist Marie Barnidge McIntyre. Our artisan collection[…]

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Grass Resodding Our grass is being resodded so that it will look great for when we can have in-person events in the future. This means that starting September 11th portions of the grass will be roped off so that the new grass can take root and grow lush and healthy! You can enjoy all the[…]

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Recruited by Long Beach Police Captain Tom Williams as a “social experiment” in January 1908, Fanny Bixby Spencer (1879-1930) is believed to have been America’s first policewoman. In her own words, “My work as a special officer was unique because I entered before the days of regular policewoman and I blazed a trail. I went[…]

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  Plant of the Moment: Hydrangea macrophylla – Hydrangea. The shrub next to the veranda in the backyard gardens is having a stellar season, with large clusters of flowers that seem to make an “oldfashioned” statement. In the early 1900s, immigrants to California planted hydrangeas in the shade of their Southern California homes. This was[…]

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On display from October through Early December 2019 is the latest special exhibit in the library case in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the adobe's construction (built in 1844) and specifically the 1930s Bixby remodel. With the exhibit is Brice Burtness, RLC’s Fall 2019 Creative Long Beach intern (funded by the Arts Council for Long Beach), who researched and installed this exhibit.

This October, Rancho Los Cerritos installed the third in a series of special exhibits in the library display case that commemorates the demisemiseptcentennial. (175th anniversary) of the adobe’s construction (built in 1844). This latest display focuses on the remodel of the adobe during the 1930s. Brice Burtness (pictured with the exhibit), RLC’s Fall 2019 Creative Long Beach intern[…]

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Bixby Land Company enjoyed its annual staff retreat here at RLC on September 13, 2019. (Photo - Bixby Land staff members group photo on RLC sunporch)

On Friday, September 13th, Bixby Land Company held its annual staff retreat here at Rancho Los Cerritos. About two dozen staff attended the luncheon under the leadership and gratitude of CEO and President Aaron Hill (pictured middle above). Bixby Land staffers enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the adobe from costumed first-person docents which was followed[…]

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