Rancho Los Cerritos’ 2014 lecture series, “California – A Land of Many: The Immigrant Experience & Its Legacy”

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Rancho Los Cerritos’ 2014 lecture series, “California – A Land of Many: The Immigrant Experience & Its Legacy,” focuses on the legacy of key immigrant groups in 19th century California – Spaniards, Mexicans, Chinese, and those who came from many lands in search of California gold.

On Wednesday February 5, Professor Steven W. Hackel will explore the life and legacy of Father Junipero Serra in his talk entitled “The Rock and the Crucifix: Junípero Serra Then and Now.” The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Rancho’s sunporch, and reservations should be made by calling (562) 570-1755. Admission is $7 ($5 for students) and payable at the door.

Steven W. Hackel will be speaking about his highly acclaimed new biography Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father. Based on extensive research in archives in Mallorca, Spain, Mexico, and California, this groundbreaking study is the most comprehensive biography of Father Serra in 50 years. Hackle also co-curated “Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions,” an international exhibition on Father Serra that first opened at the Huntington Library in fall 2013. Copies of Professor Hackel’s book on Father Serra will be available for purchase/signing on February 5.

Professor Hackel is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside, and he specializes in the California missions, California Indians, Colonial America, the American West, and the Spanish Borderlands. Over the last two decades, he has emerged as a leading scholar of Spanish California through his research integrating colonial California into larger currents of scholarship and his central role in creating new resources for the study of the region.

Future programs in the Rancho’s “A Land of Many: The Immigrant Experience & Its Legacy” 2014 Lecture Series include:

Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Screening of “Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)” – Episode I of the PBS Documentary Series on Latino Americans, followed by Q&A with Professor Vicki L. Ruiz, Department of History, University of California at Irvine

Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. “The Legacy of California’s Gold Seekers” by Nancy Hendrickson

Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. “Building Railroads and Transplanting Chinese Food: Chinese Americans in 19th Century” by Professor Yong Chen, Department of History, University of California at Irvine

About the Rancho: Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. The Rancho is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in private-public partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information please call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rancholosc.

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