Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rancho Los Alamitos Center & Barns Area Restoration Grand Opening - June 10, 2012

1,500 years of local history - from Native American to Spanish and Mexican ownership to mid-1900s cattle ranch - will once again be reintroduced atop a Long Beach’s Bixby Hill with Sunday's grand re-dedication of Rancho Los Alamitos.

Considered a sacred space by the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe who called it Puvungna (also spelled Povuu’ngna), the ranch consists of 7.5 acres located adjacent to Cal State University at Long Beach.

Historic Rancho Los Alamitos’ open house party will be held Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., featuring performances by Paso de Oro Dance Company, El Mariachi Zacatecas, Intertribal Bird Singers, The Shanty Man Bill Dempsey, California Cowboy Band and the International Peace Choir.

Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places - once as the sacred Tongva village of Puvungna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 30s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. With the opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits and room environments feature the landscape, the people and the place over time and within the context of the development of the region and the state.

This exceptional site reveals the early Tongva presence, the Spanish and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of 20th century development. A quintessential place for people to experience the living story of southern California, Rancho Los Alamitos is a microcosm of the region, past to present.

Details at: http://www.rancholosalamitos.com/

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