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Rancho Los Alamitos Kicks Off “Year of the Ranchos” with City Proclamation


From left, Rancho Los Alamitos Trustees, Jim Crenshaw, John Hancock, Mary Alice Braly and Gloria Deukmejian. Accepting proclamation are George Chapjian, Director of City of LB Parks, Recreation and Marine and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos.

The City of Long Beach proclaimed 2012 the “Year of the Ranchos” on January 24, 2012 honoring celebration years for Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos.

Accepting the award for Rancho Los Alamitos was Gloria Deukmejian, Rancho Trustee.  She was joined for the proclamation by other Trustees and volunteers.  The Trustees who attended the presentation with Gloria were Mary Alice Braly, Jim Crenshaw and John Hancock.  Rancho staff members who were present were Pamela Seager, Executive Director, Michael Powers, Teresa Barbee, Mary Ellen Mitchell, Pamela Young-Lee and Freda Hinsche Otto.  The Volunteer Service Council which represent 170 Rancho volunteers, was represented by Chair Louise Hicks and Nancy Wystrach, Monica and Ron Kovach, Carole Reed, and Gina Zanone.

The “Year of the Ranchos” will feature a full year of programs including the grand opening of the new Rancho Center and the restored historic Barns Area on June 10, 2012 and the new Education Center at Rancho Los Cerritos in May.

For more information on Rancho Los Alamitos activities, go to www.rancholosalamitos.org/events

Group Photo

From left,Freda Hinsche Otto, Nancy Wystrach, Michael Powers, Teresa Barbee, Louise Hicks, Jim Crenshaw, Mary Ellen Mitchell, Pamela Seager, Gary DeLong, Suja Lowenthal, Gloria Deukmejian, John Hancock, Mary Alice Braly, Carole Reed, Gina Zanone, Monica Kovach, Ron Kovach, Pamela Young-Lee. 


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About Rancho Los Alamitos
Rancho Los Alamitos (RLA) is a place for all time: listed on the National Register of Historic Places twice—as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna and also for its adobe core ranch house c.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens and historic barnyard dating from the early-mid 20th century. In June 2012, RLA will open a new Rancho Center including a permanent exhibition, related program facilities, and its restored historic Barns Area—an experience that will connect 21st century audiences with the powerful story of California, its landscape and its inhabitants throughout time. 

The site itself reflects the ongoing blend of regional culture and environment including the Native American, Spanish, and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of early 20th century development upon the landscape. Today we look from the past into the future of this unforgettable landscape, a one-of-a-kind place that speaks to all time.

Rancho Los Alamitos is open to the public free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  with school tours and cultural workshops scheduled for weekday mornings. Enter though Bixby Hill residential security gate at Anaheim and Palo Verde. The site is owned by the City of Long Beach. It is operated through the leadership and vision of Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation as a public/private cooperative venture under the auspices of the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Marine.


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