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House Docent Training Offered At Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Get involved in your community, learn about local history, meet new friends, and enhance your public speaking skills as a member of Rancho Los Cerritos' upcoming docent-training class. History enthusiasts will learn about the Rancho and early California history, then give tours one afternoon per month to visitors from near and far. Training for house docents (tour guides) begins Wednesday, February 26, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and continues for ten weeks; there is no charge. For more information or to register for this very special volunteer opportunity, please call (562) 570-1755.

This in-depth training class covers California and Rancho history from Native American times through the cattle and sheep ranching days of the 19th century, and into the 20th century when the adobe ranch house was remodeled for the private residence of Llewellyn Sr. and Avis Bixby and ranching had long since ceased. Learn about adobe architecture, decorative arts, the development of the gardens, and the people who lived and worked at the Rancho over time and their contributions to the growth of Southern California. You will also enhance your public speaking abilities and practice interpretation techniques to liven up your tours. At the end of training, participants will be ready to give informative and engaging tours to the public.

Later, docents may also choose to enroll in specialized workshops to become a "living history" guide. They can choose from an array of rich and interesting historic characters-family members, vaqueros, cooks, sheepherders, gardeners and more. Training provides not only detailed historical accounts for each individual, but also tools for theatrical interpretation and information on costuming.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos 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, 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 public-private 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.