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Celebrate Black History Month this February by checking out these virtual events and organizations: African American Firefighter Museum African American Heritage Society of Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Virtual African-American Festival Association for the Study of African American Life and History, February 20th Virtual Festival Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, virtual Black History Month[…]

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Plant of the Moment: Calliandra haematocephala or Pink Powder Puff. Native to South America and Mexico, this tropical plant does well in our arid climate. It can even survive short periods of drought or frost. The Pink Powder Puff can grow 12-15’ tall and wide. The shrub looks stunning in late autumn to mid-spring as[…]

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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: 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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