Speakers Bureau and Outreach
Rancho Los Cerritos offers a variety of exciting speakers for your group’s next program or meeting. Our informed presenters bring to life a bygone era with vivid images and lively dialog. Speakers Bureau programs are available free of charge to groups of ten or more who meet within a reasonable driving distance from the Rancho. A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required. To book a speaker, please fill out the form below.
Rancho Los Cerritos: The Roots of Long Beach (45 minutes). This program traces the history of Rancho Los Cerritos from its origins as a Spanish land grant to its transformation into an historic museum. This presentation touches upon the history of the Rancho, our current educational programs, and our plans for the future.
The Gardens of Rancho Los Cerritos (30 minutes). Rancho Los Cerritos was home to one of the earliest private gardens in Southern California. Learn about the plants introduced in the 1850s by John Temple, who built the adobe. Trace the garden’s subsequent evolution, including the major redesign by landscape architect Ralph Cornell in 1931. Discover our plans for maintaining and restoring these beautiful gardens.
All in the Families: A Tale of Rancho Los Cerritos (30 minutes). Rancho Los Cerritos was home to three prominent families between the 1840s and 1940s. Learn what brought these families out west, and discover how their efforts helped shape the destiny of Long Beach and other surrounding communities.
Rancho Los Cerritos: A Brief Overview (20 minutes). Find out why Rancho Los Cerritos is one of Southern California’s most important historic sites. This short presentation is designed for community-based groups that want to learn more about one of Long Beach’s cultural treasures.
Voices from the Past (18 minutes). This DVD allows viewers to experience the sights and sounds of early California by exploring the history of the Rancho through various eyes: a Chinese cook, an Irish foreman, a Mexican vaquero, and Mr. & Mrs. Jotham Bixby.