Rancho Los Cerritos’s 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.
The series continues on Saturday, March 8 with a screening of Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880), episode 1 of the PBS documentary series on Latino-Americans. Professor Vicki L. Ruiz will then lead a question-and-answer session to further explore the legacy of Latinos in early California history. The program will begin at 10am 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.
The PBS documentary explores the contributions that mestizo peoples, citizens of New Spain (and later Mexico), made as they ventured north, centuries before the famed covered wagons rolled across the prairies and deserts. Women and men of many colors and backgrounds established presidios, missions, pueblos and ranchos. Before the U.S.-Mexican War, over 70,000 Spanish-speaking settlers called the Southwest home. The film relates the history of these mestizo pioneers, their changing interactions with indigenous peoples and European American newcomers, as well as the economic, political and cultural transformation of their societies following the Texas Revolution and the U.S.-Mexican War.
Ruiz is distinguished professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine. Over the course of three decades, she has published more than 50 essays and one dozen books, including Cannery Women, Cannery Lives, From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America, and the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia.
Ruiz was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the first Latina historian so honored. She is president-elect of the American Historical Association, the flagship organization for historians across all fields representing over 14,000 members.
Future programs in the rancho’s A Land of Many: The Immigrant Experience & Its Legacy 2014 lecture series include: “The Legacy of California’s Gold Seekers” by Nancy Hendrickson on Saturday, April 12 at 10am; and “Building Railroads and Transplanting Chinese Food: Chinese-Americans in 19th Century” by Professor Yong Chen, Department of History, University of California at Irvine, on Saturday, May 10 at 10am.
Source: Rancho Los Cerritos