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Considered the first Black woman physician in the state of California, Dr. Ruth Janetta Temple was a medical doctor, a prominent figure within the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a public health official, and an advocate for underserved communities in Los Angeles. She was born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1892 to a teacher mother and a Baptist[…]

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Southern California has a wide range of winter holiday celebrations that are reflective of the diverse peoples, cultures, and communities that make up the US. Some of the holidays celebrated at Rancho Los Cerritos before it became a historic site were Christmas and New Years. Las Posadas and Hanukkah are some other winter holidays that[…]

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VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP AT RANCHO LOS CERRITOS DURING A PANDEMIC Even though times are tough right now, during the summer of 2020 I was ecstatic to receive a virtual internship with Rancho Los Cerritos! Here’s a little bit on that experience… Name and Title: Misael Enamorado, Marketing and Public Relations Intern Education info: California State University[…]

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Rancho Los Cerritos is happy to provide internship opportunities to college students every semester. Meet our latest cohort of interns! Nikkita Lynch is the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern this summer in the curatorial department. Mostly, she has been working hard on an important project related to our recently digitized oral history recordings. These recordings will[…]

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Red Bird of Paradise or Poinciana (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)

Plant of the Moment: Red Bird of Paradise or Poinciana (Caesalpinia pulcherrima). The forecourt is a blaze of color as this West Indies native comes into bloom! The Red Bird of Paradise so impressed the 17th-century Spanish explorers when they saw it in bloom that they imported it to Europe, where it has been gracing[…]

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A big thank you to eight devoted Rancho Los Cerritos volunteers who showed up on the hottest day of the year thus far to toil in the garden! It takes many hands to keep the site maintained for our community to enjoy, but this was an especially amazing group of people! If you are interested[…]

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RLC decorated for July 4th

Imagine you are at Rancho Los Cerritos in 1876 celebrating the 100th birthday of the United States with the Bixby family. As the evening approaches you are sitting with Sarah Bixby Smith waiting for the sky to be enveloped in a glorious display of “sky-rockets.” The Fourth of July is one of the most important[…]

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National Pollinator Week! National Pollinator Week, a worldwide celebration, is from June 21-27 and is initiated and managed by Pollinator Partnership. The sole purpose of this week is to celebrate and encourage others to learn ways that we can protect pollinators. Many pollinators are increasingly being affected by the possibility of extinction and National Pollinator[…]

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