Rancho Los Cerritos

Rancho Los Cerritos Welcome to the official page of Rancho Los Cerritos! Here, you will find the latest news and happenings. We are the only National, State, and Local Historic Landmark in Long Beach – the Roots of Long Beach!
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The historic landmark is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in private-public partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information please call 562-206-2040, or visit the website at http://www.rancholoscerritos.org

Online services available; Pickup available

These strange brain fruits can be seen dropping from the tree in our forecourt parking lot, but they aren't spooky Hallo...
10/19/2020

These strange brain fruits can be seen dropping from the tree in our forecourt parking lot, but they aren't spooky Halloween decorations. What is seen in this image is a flattened fruit from a Maclura Pomifera or an Osage Orange tree. The Osage orange tree had many uses throughout history by Indigenous people, one example is making bows. The branches of the tree were also used for fencing. The trees that these fruits come from are 20-30 feet tall. The fruits or "hedge apples" are not meant for eating, in fact, many animals stay away from this fruit because they are tasteless. This idea of "hedge" comes from 1850s farmers who used these orange trees as hedges to separate their property. Today, many people use this fruit as a form of pest control and as a way to scare away insects from their households.

This plant, the Sternbergia lutea, has no common name, also known as lily-of-the-field often confused with Crocus but in...
10/17/2020

This plant, the Sternbergia lutea, has no common name, also known as lily-of-the-field often confused with Crocus but in a different family altogether. These flowers grow from a stem that’s about 6 inches tall. They’re bulbed shaped when they’e not bloomed, but eventually bloom into a bright yellow flower. The flowers begin to bloom in the beginning of Fall. Grows best in the sun and with wet but well-drained soil. They look the best in rock gardens, next to borders, in the grass or simply in a pot. The plant is local to Southern Europe. At the Rancho, you can find it in the Backyard at the entrance from Forecourt.
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Esta planta, la Sternbergia lutea crecen hasta 6 pulgadas. Florecen como flores amarillas en los principios del otonio. Necesita mucho sol para crecer y tierra que esta mieda mojada. En el Rancho Los Cerritos, se puede encontrar en el patio interior en la entrada del patio.

10/16/2020
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October is here! In honor of spooky season and all things fall, RLC has released some new items to the shop. This tote bag, ornaments, kitchen towels and more fall items are up now.

copy and paste this link and click on the "seasonal" tab

https://rancho-los-cerritos-museum-shop.square.site/s/shop

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Octubre ha llegado! En honor del otono, Rancho Los Cerritos ha publicado unas cositas nuevas a nuestra tienda de museo. Este bolso de mano, adornos, toallas de la cocina y mas estan publicados ahora!

usa este enlace y presione donde dice "seasonal" o estacional

https://rancho-los-cerritos-museum-shop.square.site/s/shop

This Saturday the LA as Subject Archives Bazaar is going virtual. Check out the Rancho's virtual booth and the live even...
10/15/2020

This Saturday the LA as Subject Archives Bazaar is going virtual. Check out the Rancho's virtual booth and the live events!

We are open today until 5 pm. Stop by the Rancho for a quick moment of relaxation and immerse yourself in nature. Fall h...
10/14/2020

We are open today until 5 pm. Stop by the Rancho for a quick moment of relaxation and immerse yourself in nature. Fall hours: Wed-Fri: 1pm-5pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm.

Our newest virtual exhibit explores beauty and cosmetic trends of the past. Created by our 2020 Curatorial Intern from t...
10/13/2020

Our newest virtual exhibit explores beauty and cosmetic trends of the past. Created by our 2020 Curatorial Intern from the Getty Marrow program Taryn. This picture is an advertisement for Hunter’s “Invisible” Medicated Face Powder.

https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/beauty-cosmetics-exhibit/

In honor of Indigenous People's Day, we would like to highlight some Indigenous organizations and projects in Southern C...
10/12/2020

In honor of Indigenous People's Day, we would like to highlight some Indigenous organizations and projects in Southern California.

The Chia Café Collective is a group of Native American educators in Southern California. Their mission is to honor the land and educate about preserving native plants, habitats, and food practices.

The Ti’at Society celebrates the coastal heritage of the Tongva people. They built Moomat Ahiko (“Breath of the Ocean”), the first modern ti’iaat.

The Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project (PCIAP) is a collaborative research project that uses an indigenous archaeology approach.

These groups are just some of the active organizations that keep Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and culture alive. We have had the honor of working with people from these organizations to present our exhibit; Tevaaxa’nga (Te-vaah-ha-nga) to Today: Stories of the Tongva People and we hope to continue to be a space for them to tell their stories.

Picture: Ti’aat Dream Panel loaned to RLC courtesy of Tongva educator Cindi Alvitre.

View the exhibit: https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/tevaaxanga-te-vaah-ha-nga-to-today-stories-of-the-tongva-people/

And for more information on these and other organizations: https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/tongva/

In this stereograph picture of Rancho Los Cerritos we see Juan Cañedo, a Mexican ranch worker, in the foreground and Ah ...
10/07/2020

In this stereograph picture of Rancho Los Cerritos we see Juan Cañedo, a Mexican ranch worker, in the foreground and Ah Ying, a Chinese cook, in the background. These people were not just ranch workers, but they contributed to the rich cultural heritage of Southern California by bringing their religion, language, food, and culture to the region. If you'd like to read more about how people like Ah Ying shaped Southern California check out our online exhibit here: https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/building-a-new-california-the-lives-and-labor-of-chinese-immigrants-from-1850-to-1930/.

You can also learn more about the lives of Juan Cañedo and Ah Ying by checking out our Long Ago Long Beach program: https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/long-ago-long-beach/

#NationalDiversityWeek #TellDiverseStories #DiversityFirst

Here is map of the Nieto Diseño. This was the original land grant that was given to Manuel Nieto in 1784. You can see th...
10/06/2020

Here is map of the Nieto Diseño. This was the original land grant that was given to Manuel Nieto in 1784. You can see the outline of Rancho Los Cerritos on the left side of the map. Manuel Nieto was a mulatto Spanish soldier, meaning he was of Spanish and African descent. We point his heritage out because it is important to recognize that people during the Spanish and Early Mexican Era were just as diverse as they are today. Here at the Rancho we strive to be the historic voice for the diverse people who shaped Southern California.

Tomorrow we continue bringing you stories for Hispanic and Latinx Heritage month during virtual storytime! To sign up an...
10/06/2020

Tomorrow we continue bringing you stories for Hispanic and Latinx Heritage month during virtual storytime! To sign up and watch with your family go to: https://rancholoscerritos.org/storytime/

Pictured are two books from previous storytimes:
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña, published by Kokila (read on 9/22)
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López, pub. Hougton Mifflin Harcourt (read on 9/15)

Videos of new stories being read will be sent out every Tuesday morning.

Rancho Los Cerritos's cover photo
10/05/2020

Rancho Los Cerritos's cover photo

A perennial plant, the aster x frikartii ‘monch’ or simply aster has purple/ blue color petals which are about 2 inches ...
10/05/2020

A perennial plant, the aster x frikartii ‘monch’ or simply aster has purple/ blue color petals which are about 2 inches wide. The plant itself is about two feet tall so It might be difficult to spot. It is a drought tolerant plant. Birds and Butterflies love being around this plant and so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of these pollinators around it when walking around the rancho. You can find this plant near the backyard shade garden, behind the Moreton bay fig tree (the big tree). Thanks to our horticulturist Marie for capturing this beautiful pic!

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Esta planta, llamada aster, tiene un color azul o morado en sus petalos. La planta crece hasta dos pies de altura. Esta planta atrae a mariposas y pajaros. La puede buscar donde se encuentra una sombra del patio trasero, al lado de el arbol grande. El Rancho los espera!

Craft Beer LB Fest (Craft Beer LB) is going virtual. We’ve loved hosting this event every fall at the Rancho, but this y...
10/03/2020

Craft Beer LB Fest (Craft Beer LB) is going virtual. We’ve loved hosting this event every fall at the Rancho, but this year we’ll be safely toasting you via webcam! A ticket to this event will provide you with 14 different canned or bottled beers/ciders and other goodies (including some of our own) and entry into the virtual event. The event will be held on two separate days (October 10th and October 11th) due to the amount of local breweries participating. Each day will go from 1pm-4pm. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

Click this link for more ticket information:
http://craftbeerlbfest.com/

Long Ago Long Beach is a 5-week after-school program to help children connect to local history. Since we had to suspend ...
10/01/2020

Long Ago Long Beach is a 5-week after-school program to help children connect to local history. Since we had to suspend in-person classes, we've put all the curriculum online! This includes video lessons, activity booklets, and worksheets. https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/long-ago-long-beach/
This program is most appropriate for 2nd through 5th-grade students.

If there are any other educational resources you've needed let us know in the comments!

Thank you! During #LongBeachGives we were able to raise $22,508.82! Your donations allow us to keep doors open and conti...
09/28/2020

Thank you! During #LongBeachGives we were able to raise $22,508.82! Your donations allow us to keep doors open and continue to open new ones.

Brian is a volunteer and former Getty intern at the Rancho. We are so proud that we could be part of the beginning of hi...
09/22/2020
Join Brian in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos today!

Brian is a volunteer and former Getty intern at the Rancho. We are so proud that we could be part of the beginning of his journey as a historian. It's thanks to wonderful members of our community like Brian that we can keep the Rancho as alive today as it was in 1844! Check out his fundraising page to see why he loves the Rancho!

Join me in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos! The Rancho holds a big piece of my heart and is my home away from home. As a former staff member and intern, and current docent and volunteer, I can honestly say the many hats I have worn for this site have been full of incredible experiences and lifelong r...

Not only does our museum shop manager Sallie volunteer countless hours of her time to keep our shop up and running (even...
09/22/2020
Join Sallie in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos today!

Not only does our museum shop manager Sallie volunteer countless hours of her time to keep our shop up and running (even during a pandemic), but she has even created a fundraiser for the Rancho during Long Beach Gives. We have been blown away by all the support we are receiving from our community! Thank you to everyone who has helped. Check out Sallie's fundraising page and help her meet her goal!

Join me in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos , whose work builds a strong and vibrant community. Your donation will help this organization to fulfill its mission, and support a cause that is very close to my heart. I've been volunteering there for three years. It's a wonderful place to experience histo...

Mary is one of our board members. She's supporting the Rancho because she wants to help us preserve the historic adobe a...
09/20/2020
Join Mary in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos today!

Mary is one of our board members. She's supporting the Rancho because she wants to help us preserve the historic adobe and provide a peaceful, educational space for families during the pandemic. Thank you Mary for your continued support it means so much to us to know you believe in our mission. Check out Mary's fundraising page and help her reach her goal!

Join me in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos , whose work builds a strong and vibrant community. Your donation will help this organization to fulfill its mission, and support a cause that is very close to my heart.

Robert is one of our volunteer, first-person interpreters. He portrays Marcellus Bixby during tours and events, bringing...
09/19/2020
Join Robert in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos today!

Robert is one of our volunteer, first-person interpreters. He portrays Marcellus Bixby during tours and events, bringing history to life for our guests. Help him bring history to others by checking out his fundraising page for the Rancho. Thank you to Robert and our many other volunteers who have helped support the Rancho during Long Beach Gives!

I have been volunteering here over 5 years. Join me in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos , whose work builds a strong and vibrant community. Your donation will help this organization to fulfill its mission, and support a cause that is very close to my heart.

Diana is one of our dedicated volunteers who have stepped up to support us during Long Beach Gives. She shares her passi...
09/19/2020
Diana Trombley

Diana is one of our dedicated volunteers who have stepped up to support us during Long Beach Gives. She shares her passion for history with every Rancho visitor she meets. Check out her fundraising page and give to help Diana reach her goal!

Join me in supporting Rancho Los Cerritos , whose work builds a strong and vibrant community. Your donation will help this organization to fulfill its mission, and support a cause that is very close to my heart.

¡Leamos! Virtual Storytime Bilingüe mañana a las 9 am. Esta hora de cuentos es para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Latin...
09/18/2020
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¡Leamos! Virtual Storytime Bilingüe mañana a las 9 am. Esta hora de cuentos es para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Latinx/Hispana. Alana estará leyendo cuentos y cantando canciones contigo en español e inglés. We are hosting a virtual bilingual storytime tomorrow at 9 am. Registre: https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/storytime-en-espanol/

¡Leamos! Esta hora de cuentos es para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Latinx/Hispana. Alana estará leyendo cuentos y cantando canciones contigo en español e inglés. Registre Abajo.

Green spaces provide an incredible benefit to your mental health and are great for our environment. We can provide histo...
09/14/2020

Green spaces provide an incredible benefit to your mental health and are great for our environment. We can provide historic, gardens spaces to our community thanks to donations. Join us in providing for our community starting this Thursday by donating to our Long Beach Gives fundraiser. https://donate.longbeachgives.org/rancho-los-cerritos-foundation

Long Beach Gives is an online fundraiser that inspires individuals to come together and support the exemplary
work of the local, participating nonprofits and create positive change for Long Beach.

Rancho Los Cerritos hours:Wednesday: 1pm-5pmThursday: 1pm-5pmFriday 1pm-5pmSaturday:  9am-5pmSunday: 1pm-5pmAs a reminde...
09/05/2020

Rancho Los Cerritos hours:

Wednesday: 1pm-5pm

Thursday: 1pm-5pm

Friday 1pm-5pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 1pm-5pm

As a reminder, all of our outdoor spaces are available to walk around in, we also just re-opened our courtyard in which you will be allowed to safely walk around and look at exhibits from a distance. Don’t forget to RSVP on our website! https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/reserve/

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Rancho Los Cerritos horarios:

Miércoles: 1pm-5pm

Jueves: 1pm-5pm

Viernes: 1pm-5pm

Sábado: 9am-5pm

Domingo: 1pm-5pm

Un recordatorio que nuestros espacios afuera como nuestros gardines estan abiertos, tambien abrimos nuestro patio donde puedes caminar y ver exhibiciones de una distancia. https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/reserve/

Happy Tuesday! This beautiful Parkinsonia aculeate or Mexican Palo Verde tree can be spotted at the Rancho in the picnic...
09/01/2020

Happy Tuesday!

This beautiful Parkinsonia aculeate or Mexican Palo Verde tree can be spotted at the Rancho in the picnic area. Its originally from, you guessed it, Mexico (northern Mexico)! This tree is drought tolerant and is great for shading an area. The bright yellow and orange flowers, its hanging green branches, and its thorns aren’t hard to miss. Come check it out at the Rancho.

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Feliz Martes!

Este arbol llamado Palo Verde Mexicano se puede ver en el Rancho en nuestra area de picnic. Originalmente es de Mexico! Sus flores amarillas y naranjadas, sus ramas verdes, y sus espinas son dificil de perder. Ven al Rancho a relajarse y a lo mejor se encuentra con este arbol.

During the late 1800s, a group of black women decided to form a women’s league committee in New Port, Rhode Island. Thes...
09/01/2020

During the late 1800s, a group of black women decided to form a women’s league committee in New Port, Rhode Island. These five women were dedicated to women’s suffrage and educating others. The leader of this group was Mary Dickerson. As we honor the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage, we’d like to commemorate those black women that spoke out and were active during the difficult times that they were facing. As much as black women were silenced and ignored, they persevered through educating, writing, and creating.
#Forwardintolight

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Durante el 1800s, un grupo de mujeres afroamericanas formaron un comite de la liga femenina en New Port, Rhode Island. Estas cinco mujeres se dedicaron al sufragio de las mujeres y a la educacion. Queremos comemoran a las mujeres afroamericanas que usaron sus voces durante unos tiempos dificiles.
#Forwardintolight

New items alert!We recently stocked up our museum shop with 5 limited wooden bowls. Each bowl is unique and made from di...
08/28/2020

New items alert!

We recently stocked up our museum shop with 5 limited wooden bowls. Each bowl is unique and made from different trees located here at the Rancho. The trees that these bowls are handmade from are Black Locust, Pittosporum, and Toyon.

Check out this link to shop for more handmade items like these:

https://rancho-los-cerritos-museum-shop.square.site/
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Nuestra tienda de museo agrego cinco cuencos de madera. Cada cuenco esta hecho de un arbol differente encontrado en el Rancho. De hecho la madera es historica.

Visita este enlace para comprar estos cuencos y mas articulos hecho a mano:

https://rancho-los-cerritos-museum-shop.square.site/

This hypericum calycinum or Aaron’s Beard can be found in our 1930s forecourt parking lot.------------------------------...
08/27/2020

This hypericum calycinum or Aaron’s Beard can be found in our 1930s forecourt parking lot.
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Esta flor llamada la barba de Aaron se puede encontrar en nuestro patio de 1930s en nuestro estacionamiento

We have created a Facebook frame to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage. 100 years ago today the 19th ...
08/26/2020

We have created a Facebook frame to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage. 100 years ago today the 19th amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote.

Address

4600 Virginia Rd
Long Beach, CA
90807

For travel by LBT bus please use the 51, 52, and 60 bus stop on the corner of Long Beach Blvd. and San Antonio Blvd.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(562) 206-2040

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The Roots of Long Beach

Rancho Los Cerritos is a Long Beach, State, and National historic landmark in Long Beach, California. It is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in a public/private partnership with the City of Long Beach. The Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation is the historic voice for the diverse people who shaped Southern California. The site echoes with the rich history of indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, and American California. Public hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 pm and include free parking, admission, and tours. While visiting the site you can see the latest exhibits at the visitor center, tour the adobe home, and stroll the gardens. The adobe home was built in 1844, as part of John Temple’s cattle ranching operation. When you tour the house, you can immerse yourself in the stories of the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The site also includes a research library and archives. Today the site is no longer a working ranch, but a community space. Along with our public hours, we host events for all ages including storytime, bird walks, and garden tours. Some of our most popular events are Long Beach Craft Beer Fest, Home for the Holidays, and Mud Mania. You can also rent the site for private events such as weddings, corporate retreats, and luncheons.

Check out our website at www.RanchoLosCerritos.org to plan your visit and register for events.

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SHARING AND SHOWING LOVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD -- FLASH EVENT: Free Vow Renewals and Commitment Ceremonies by Alan Katz of Cute Little Wedding Chapel Tuesday, June 30th starting at 6:00PM At Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 Virginia Rd, Long Beach, CA 90807 All couples are welcome and encouraged to participate. Show and express your love for each other. After the ceremony take a “honeymoon stroll” through the Rancho gardens. Please reserve spot by June 29th at 10AM by emailing [email protected]
Candlelight Tours Rehearsal
What a beautiful place! Thank you Passport2History for another great find! And thank you Liana, I hope I spelled that right, for a wonderful tour!
Hello, thanks for the add, please add to your calendar the Battle of Old womans Gun. www.ranchodominguez.org to raise awareness to California history venue available for photo shoots , weddings and events. Oct 6th and 7th 10 to 5 come early dancing , crafts and food. and fun. Discovering California history, working together we can make history come alive.
Experience life on a cattle ranch this summer during RLC's Vaquero Adventures Day Camp! Kids get the chance to participate in a number of educational activities including tooling leather, making tortillas and roping a "cow." Sign up today!
Would you be interested in a cast iron antique mangle, used for ironing sheets and tablecloths? It was a commonly used item at the turn of the previous century and would make a great addition to a display of daily life close to 100 years ago.
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