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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. Each product belongs 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 holds[…]

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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: the Princess Flower   The princess flower (pictured above) or the Tibourchina urvillean,  has 3-4” leaves that can be green, yellow, or even red during weather extremes. Its flowers are clustered near the branch tips, and they bloom in succession. Each bloom is 3” across and has violet stamens that stand[…]

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Meet the Summer Interns! Hello everyone! We are so excited to be interning at Rancho Los Cerritos this summer. Even though things are a bit different due to the pandemic, we will make the most out of this experience and try to learn as much as we can during our time here. Below is a[…]

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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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Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. The holiday dates back to June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved people were free. This was two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln’s[…]

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Tea through Time at Rancho Los Cerritos is the latest Rancho Los Cerritos exhibit, curated by Arts Council for Long Beach intern Anthony Smyers. For the first time in Rancho history, this exhibit will have its opening online. Find the exhibit here: https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/tea-through-time-exhibit/. Since 1844, many different people have passed through the doors of Rancho Los[…]

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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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