Your one stop shop for all events, workshops, lectures
and other fun happenings at Rancho Los Cerritos.

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 Wednesday - Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Phone: (562) 206-2040
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Lecture Series:

Remembering the Civil War: Perspectives on Race, Place, and Movement

Saturday, April 18th

Dr. Glenna Matthews Presents ”The Civil War and the Birth of Modern California"

Third Saturdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. from February – June

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is presenting Remembering the Civil War: Perspectives on Race, Place, and Movement, a four-part Saturday morning lecture series featuring renowned scholars who bring unique insights to this tumultuous era.

On April 18th, the series continues with Dr. Glenna Matthews’ lecture, “The Civil War and the Birth of Modern California.” Dr. Matthews’ lecture will make the case that, contrary to popular belief, the Civil War played a large role in the state’s early development. She will show how the war bound the state-literally and metaphorically-to the rest of the nation by giving much of the populace a unifying civic role to play during the conflict.

Dr. Matthews is the author of many books, including the much lauded The Golden State in the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California. Dr. Matthews is an independent scholar who has taught at many prestigious institutions, including U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, and UCLA.

Lectures begin at 10 a.m. and last 90 minutes, including time for audience questions. Admission is $7, $5 for students with I.D., and is payable at the door. Seating is limited, so advance registration is encouraged. The series is part of an ongoing effort by the Rancho to present low cost and free programming that expands the understanding of California history for area residents. To register, and for more information, please call 562-206-2040.

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Creation Station: Sunny Yellow!


Saturday, May 2 - 1-4 p.m. 

Join us on Saturday, May 2, for Creation Station, a free drop-in craft program for elementary-age children. May’s theme, Sunny Yellow, will feature a Cinco De Mayo craft, a historic May craft, and a Mother's Day craft. This is a great opportunity for children to explore their creativity in a unique historical setting. Creation Station is offered rain or shine, 1-4 p.m., on the first Saturday of the month. No reservations required. Free house tours are available throughout the afternoon, and free garden tour starts at 2:30 p.m.

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Overview of 2015 Events

Creation Station

First Saturdays from 1-4 PM
A free drop-in program of seasonally themed craft activities
Themes are: April 4 (Cool Blues), May 2 (Sunny Yellow), June 6 (Rainbow Surprise), Oct 3 (Outrageous Orange), Nov 7 (Brilliant Brown), and Dec 5 (Gorgeous Green).

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Civil War Lecture Series

Third Saturdays from 10-11:30 AM through June
April 18: Dr. Glenna Matthews, "The Civil War and the Birth of Modern California"
May 16: Dr. Todd W. Wahlstrom, "North and South to the Border: Yankees, Confederates, and Mexico after the Civil War"
June 20: Gene Dermody, "Reverend George W. Hathaway: Remembrances of my abolitionist and Civil War service experiences"
$7 per person, $5 with current Student ID.
Reservations Required - Seating is Limited

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Mother's Tea & Victorian Fashion Show

Tuesday, May 12 - 11:30 AM
The tea will feature a variety of scones, finger sandwiches, delectable pastries, and fresh fruit. The event includes “Women of the West: A Promenade Through History.” This fashion show features hand-made clothing in styles dating from the 1860’s through the early 1900s, modeled primarily by Rancho volunteers and staff.

Following the tea, guests are invited to tour the adobe home and browse the museum shop. Seating is extremely limited, and advance registration is required. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased by calling 562-206-2040.
Seating is Limited. Reservations Required

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Sounds & Spaces: “Made in America” Concert

Presented by Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, June 14
7 PM
Free concert includes performances of Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, Jennifer Higdon’s "Autumn Music" for Wind Quintet, Jeff Scott’s “Homage to Duke,” and Arturo Marquez’ Danza al Mediodía
Seating is Limited. Reservations Required.
To reserve a spot, call (562) 436-3203, ext. 244 or email with your name, phone number, and the number of seats you are requesting.

Summer Concert Series

4th Sundays from May through August
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Free concerts in the Rancho’s beautiful backyard.
May 24: Band of the California Battalion - A Civil War Band
June 28: Smokin' Cobras - 50s Rock & Roll
July 26: Chet Getz Cool - A Celebration of West Coast Cool Jazz
August 23: The Walking Phoenixes - A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Gate opens at 4:30 for pre-concert picknicing

Summer Adventure Day Camp

Kids ages 6-10 enjoy fun crafts, games and activities with just a bit of history thrown in.

July 13-16 - Vaquero Adventures
July 20-24 - Old Time Adventures
July 27-31 - Adobe Adventures

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New For 2015!

August 3-7 - Middle School Adventure Week! (Ages 11-13)

Developed specifically for preteens ages 11-13, the program will help young people develop team-building and interpersonal communication skills. They will also spend the week discovering a variety of historic activities, and explore Victorian era technology and entertainment.

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All sessions run from 10 AM – 2 PM
$100 per session, per child. Reservations Required

Mud Mania! A Celebration of Adobe

Sunday, August 16
12:30 – 4:30 PM
At the Rancho’s most popular event, kids of all ages are invited to explore the significance of mud in a festive atmosphere filled great music, and many muddy activities.
$7 for Adults. $5 for Children. Kids ages 3 and under are free.

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Victorian Magic Show

Saturday, October 24
Two Shows: 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
In the Victorian era, popular stage magicians began to create illusions that seemed to blur the boundaries between the natural and supernatural worlds. Join us as Victor Ian Elan presents a spellbinding demonstration of prestidigitation, legerdemain, and mind reading. You may even assist him in a brave attempt to make contact with spirits.

Seating is extremely limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Price $60 per person.

Holiday Tea

Tuesday, December 8
10:30 a.m.
At our annual Holiday Tea, you will experience Victorian-era Christmas celebrations and traditions, brought to life by our volunteer costumed docents. The tea includes scones, finger sandwiches and other treats, amidst the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe home that is the centerpiece of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Guests will enjoy seasonal music and may tour the home, showcasing many of the museum’s holiday-themed collections in lavishly decorated rooms.

The Holiday Tea takes place on Tuesday, December 8, at 10:30 a.m.. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. People interested in participating should call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Price TBA

Old Time Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 13
1 - 7 PM
The festival begins with music, storytellers, crafts and activities, and even a visit from Santa, amidst the lavishly decorated adobe home. Once the sun goes down, the Rancho will be lit by candles and oil lamps, and costumed living history docents will share their memories of Victorian-era holidays at the Rancho.
Light refreshments will be served.
No reservations needed.
Admission is payable at the entrance.
Price TBA

Cocoa With Santa

Tuesday, December 15
4-5:30 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is being visited by a very special guest on Tuesday, December 15. At 4 p.m., children are invited to have Cocoa With Santa. Kids will enjoy delicious cocoa and wee marshmallows, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, tour the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe house and learn how Victorian era kids celebrated the holidays. Then, they’ll get to meet Santa. Parents are welcome to take photos.

Admission is $8 per person. Seating on Santa’s lap is limited, so advance reservations are required. People interested in participating should call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Reservations Required


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