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Remembering the Civil War: Perspectives on Race, Place, and Movement
Saturday, March 21st
“'A thralldom grievous and intolerable': Slavery, the American Civil War, and the Legacy of Race.”
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.
Dr. David Miller will explore issues of race in the Civil War and its aftermath. He will show how the War and Reconstruction left a profound racial inequality in its wake and will consider the implications of that legacy today.
Slavery, as a labor and political issue, was the central cause of the American Civil War. And because slavery had become explicitly racialized by the late 17th century, the Civil War necessarily included issues of race. Emancipation and the 15th Amendment ended slavery but left many questions unanswered, especially in terms of labor and politics. The post-war Reconstruction era was then a period of conflict as Americans attempted to resolve those lingering questions.
As the nation reunited in a reconciliation of the sections, the races divided into a strict Jim Crow system characterized by disenfranchisement, poverty, segregation, and violence. Blacks were then for the most part left to their own devices to address what in 1880 Frederick Douglass called a “thralldom grievous and intolerable.” The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s was in many ways America’s Second Reconstruction and Black activists consciously evoked Emancipation and the Civil War in their quest for political equality. Today questions of race remain at the forefront of our national dialogue and it behooves us to consider them within the context of slavery, the Civil War, Emancipation, and the failures of Reconstruction.
David Miller received his Ph.D. in nineteenth-century United States history from the University of California, San Diego in 2007. His research interests are nineteenth-century culture, myth, and memory. He teaches at the University of San Diego offering courses that include the History of Race and Ethnicity, The American Civil War and Reconstruction, the Civil War in Popular Culture, and the Civil War in Film.
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: Cool Blues!
Saturday, April 4 - 1-4 p.m.
Join us on Saturday, April 4, for Creation Station, a free drop-in craft program for elementary-age children. April’s theme, Cool Blues, will feature cheerful blue birds, old fashioned photo prints, and cascarones, an old-fashioned Spring tradition. 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
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
March 21: Dr. David Miller, "'A thralldom grievous and intolerable': Slavery, the American Civil War, and the Legacy of Race"
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
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 RSVP@LongBeachSymphony.org 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
New For 2015!
August 3-7 - Middle School Adventure Week! (Ages 11-13)
All sessions run from 10 AM – 2 PM
$100 per session, per child. Reservations Required
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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.
Tuesday, December 8
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.
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.
Cocoa With Santa
Tuesday, December 15
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.