Living history program at Rancho presents Tea with the Hathaway Sisters

Celebrate women’s history at Rancho Los Cerritos at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, by joining four Hathaway sisters for tea and conversation. Mary, Margaret, Susan and Martha Hathaway were four of the five daughters born to Reverend George W. Hathaway in Maine. Learn about the lives of these women including how three of the sisters married three of the Bixby men and settled on ranches in California.
A traditional tea will be served as the Hathaway sisters are portrayed by Linda Midgett, Margie Newell, Kim Bemowski and Dana Ferrarelli, members of the Rancho’s Living History Program.
Travel back in time as they recount the experiences of the Hathaway women in character, describe the roles these women played during the era in which the birth of Long Beach took place, and share the challenges they faced as pioneering women living in 19th century Southern California. Step back in time to the isolation of the ranches and learn about the trials of raising and losing children during this time and the importance of family.
Once part of an early Spanish land grant, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site features one of the few remaining two-story adobes in Southern California. This national, state and local historic landmark provides visitors with countless educational opportunities throughout the year.
Admission for Tea with the Hathaway Sisters is $20 for non-members or $17 for members. Reservations are required by Friday, May 4. Fliers are available at the Rancho and local libraries.
The Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach, one block west of Long Beach Boulevard at San Antonio Drive. For more information, call the Rancho at (562) 570-1755 or visit

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