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This is a newsletter that I designed for the Adobe Museum out in L.A. Im very proud of how it turned out. If you're ever in town, you should check it out.

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  1. 1. Summer 2012 It is hard to believe that it is now the beginning of July. Where has the time gone? The Museum has seen a very successful year in 2012 and continues to produce activities, events, programming, and tours with the goal of preserving and increasing community awareness of early California history as it relates to the Dominguez family, homestead adobe, and the Rancho San Pedro, the first Spanish land grant in California. Our annual Spring Tea was on April 28th and was a fantastic success. It exceeded everyone’s expectations. More of an intimate affair, there were 190 people of all ages attending. The performance given by Janice Guerrero about youngest daugh- ter Maria de los Reyes was magnificent, the food and tea were delectable, and everyone who attended was able to take a photo commemorating the day that canPin Cushion Tree Flower from the Garden Tour be found on the Museum’s Facebook page. Our speaker series continued with a talk about the Gardens of the South Bay in May, and our Adobe Brick Activity was fantastic. 100 people attended and this year people were not only making an abode brick from start to finish, they were able to watch a blacksmithing demonstration, make a candle, and also pan for gold! The assayers table was busy throughout the afternoon collecting gold nug- gets that could be traded for items such as writing pens to bring home. It was a fun-filled afternoon for all. This summer is going to be a sizzling hot summer. In the month of August we fea- ture our 4th annual Ice Cream Social on August 12th at 12pm, and our 2nd annual Concert in the Park takes place on August 26th at 5pm featuring Camino Rio. Camino Rio is a superb ensemble of professional musicians led by Los Angeles concert guitarist Karl F. Grossman. His music is California Rockin’ Rhumba with influences of Flamenco and Latin Jazz and exciting vocal harmonies. Mark your calendars for both events. Fall has many fun events so please keep checking out the Museum’s Facebook Adobe Day Brick Making page and our website at We are planning a pumpkin decorating contest and hay maze in October. The Museum is a vibrant place and we are so pleased to be able to continue our programming. As always, none of this would be possible without the gener- ous financial support of the patrons of the Friends of Rancho San Pedro and our wonderful volunteers and docents. It is because of your collective financial and volunteer commitment to the Rancho that we are able to provide all the unique and interesting programming that the Museum offers. If you would like to become a supporter of the Friends of Rancho San Pedro and the Museum there are many ways to contribute. Please contact us to find out more. There’s so much happening, come and experience the Museum! Alison Bruesehoff Alison Bruesehoff Adobe Day Blacksmithing Museum Executive Directornewsletter_spring2012.indd 1 4/12/2012 4:18:31 PM
  2. 2. Baldwin’s American Fodder CutterStanding against a wall in the kitchen of the Adobe is a four-legged, half wooden and half iron machine.Standing at about four feet tall and a curious-looking thing, the function of this machine is not immedi-ately discernible. Raised letters on its iron head read: Pat’d July 30, 1867, No. 10 Improved Baldwin’sAmerican Fodder Cutter.Our research discovered that the purpose of the fodder cutter was to assure that nothing was wasted in theproduction of corn processing. After the corn had already been harvested, shucked, shelled, and ground,the corn stalks would be put through the cutter and ground down for cattle feed. The efficiency of thismachine was remarkable, a time saver as opposed to cutting by hand.According to American Agriculturist, dated 1877, The Baldwin American Fodder Cutter was made byC. Pierpont & Co. in New Haven, Connecticut. This particular model was a major improvement uponprevious models because the knives in the machine were designed in a spiral shape and “cut in oppositionto an iron plate, in the manner of a pair of shears.” The machine was also self-feeding; its largest modelcould cut up to two tons of fodder in an hour. The size of our machine was capable of cutting about 110pounds of fodder per hour. This meant major food production in a short period of time with fewer handsto do the work, and allowed more cows to be fed, which in turn became more food for humans to eat.Even more impressive, this machine was invented during a period of substantial growth in regards tofarming technology. The farming industry was decidedly expanding and there were more and moreAmerican mouths to feed. However, there were still major setbacks in 1867. Utilizing horses was the onlymeans of quickening the pace of harvesting, as the steam tractor had only just been invented and was notin widespread use. At the time, it took about 75-90 hours of labor to produce 100 bushels of corn.It is certainly fitting that The Dominguez family would have used a machine like this for their agriculturalpurposes. The propensity for corn in California made a machine like the Baldwin a necessity.Resources: Agriculturist – Google Books Baldwin Food Fodder
  3. 3. Schools, Schools, and more SchoolsOne of the Museum’s goals has been to provide free tours for school agechildren throughout the year. With the help of the Norris Foundation and theFriends of Rancho San Pedro, the Museum has been able to meet that goal.While schools throughout the local communities are facing budget cuts, theMuseum has been helping by offering tours free of charge to many of ourlocal schools. Some schools qualify for free bus reimbursement of up to $250per school.During the past three years, including 2012, over 8,000 school children havevisited the Rancho where they are taken an interactive tour of the Museumand participated in hands-on activities geared to their grade’s California statesocial studies/history curriculum. Just in 2012, 3,200 school children from35 schools have visited, from LAUSD, Compton, and other school districtsfrom Huntington Beach up to North Hollywood. It is wonderful to have all ofthese students visit and learn about their California and local history. Adobe Brick Making on ToursIf you know a teacher interested in booking a school tour, please have themcontact the Museum at (310) 603-0088. Booking for fall 2012/spring 2013is open. Students will have an opportunity to take a tour, dress up in 1800scostume, make bricks, learn to make tallow candles, and more. There is abeautiful covered picnic area where children can enjoy their lunch and freeplay time. We hope to see many more children at the Rancho!Volunteer TeamsSupport the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum by joining our volunteerfamily. We have volunteer opportunities for all ages in a variety of fields:• Docent Program• Curatorial & Conservation Division• Education, Programming, and Special Events Division• Communication, Marketing, Advertising, and Graphic Design Division• Office Assistance Costume Activity on ToursEach of the five different areas offers wonderful opportunities to learnabout the Rancho, share history with the public, and interact with afantastic volunteer group. Volunteer hours are available Tuesday throughSaturday. There is a volunteer opportunity for every schedule and interest.All volunteer positions include training and supervision by museum staff.In addition, volunteers receive:• 10% Discount in the Museum Gift Shop• 10% Discount to events• Volunteer Summer BBQ and Winter End of Year Party• Quarterly Volunteer Newsletter• Access to the Volunteer Section on the Museum’s Facebook page• Rewards based on number of hours volunteered• And moreThis summer is a great time to get involved so give us a call at (310)603-0088 or check out our website at to get startedtoday! Volunteers working in the Carson Room
  4. 4. 3M Helps the RanchoOne of the Museum’s priorities is protecting its collection of artifacts. The Museum has taken manysteps to monitor the temperature and humidity in each of its rooms, as well as protect the artifactsfrom damaging light.One damaging type of light is ultraviolet (UV) light which contributes to the fading and damageof artwork if left unchecked. The Museum did extensive research into what would help protect theartifacts from this type of light and concluded that the best method was to install UV filter film on thewindows which, while letting in visible light, would block UV light. The research also found that 3Mhas one of the best products on the market.3M came to the Rancho, measured the windows, and gave their cost to cover the windows in mostof the rooms. The Friends of Rancho San Pedro then approached 3M and talked with them about anin-kind donation to install the film. Through a series of phone calls 3M generously offered an in-kinddonation of the material which substantially lowered the cost of the project, enabling the Museum toinstall the film.While the film is invisible to the naked eye, the amount of UV light entering the rooms decreasessubstantially, up to 98%, which in return protects the collection from fading.With the addition ofthis film the Museum has been able to rotate more of the textiles, offering the public a chance to seemore of the collection. Plans for a 1800s dress exhibit are in the works to be on display in the Ladies’Parlor. It is because of 3M’s relationship with the Museum, and their generous donation, that this ispossible.The Museum and the Friends of Rancho San Pedro thank 3M for their in-kind donation and welcomedonations of many types. If you are interested in making a donation to the Museum, please call at(310) 603-0088 for more information.Why Be a Museum Member?There is an easy answer to that question. Your membership helps preserve this historical, beautiful, andunique landmark. Moreover, you also support tours for thousands of school children, and presentationof programs and exhibitions for all ages. And if that isn’t enough, you receive the following benefits:• Unlimited admission to the Museum• Free Members-only events• Free Pass to speaker series• Discounts at the Museum Gift Shop• Special invitations to spectacular programs• Discounted tickets to Museum activities and functions• A special gift!At the Museum you can explore more than 200 years of history. Wander through the galleries and learnabout the art and artifacts that represent early California life and the history of the Dominguez family.When you are ready to relax, take a breath and stroll through the Rancho estate. The 17-acre oasis waspart of the “Rancho San Pedro” which historian Judson Grenier calls “the font of everything” in thearea.Help preserve this 228 year old California State landmark (#152) today! It’s easy to join: call, fax, mail,or visit the Museum today. Thank you for your membership.
  5. 5. Museum Gift Shop in the Museum AND OnlineWe have many beautiful and unique items in our gift shop, located next to the EarlyBird and Aviation rooms in the Museum. There are items for children and adults, and wefeature many custom items. The jewelry is custom-made for the gift shop and cannot befound anywhere else! The beautiful wood pieces featured in the gift shop are made byone of our own very talented volunteers Frank Bennett and the Dominguez coloring bookwas designed, drawn, and written by two other very talented volunteers Kathleen Rabagoand Joanie Harmon. The holiday note cards were created by volunteer Daniel V. Chavezand later this summer we will be featuring his photography note card set.In addition to our custom items, we have coloring books, gifts, puzzles, balsa planes,mugs, and 4, yes 4 different types of shirts all featuring our Adobe pride. Music and CDsby Camino Rio, performing this August, can also be purchased in the shop.There are so many great items to purchase and if you cannot make it to the shop, we areonline!Check out the museum gift shop at The Museum Gift Shop
  6. 6. Friends of Rancho San Pedro Open to the public Board of Directors with docent-led tours: Mr. William Barger Mr. Tom Huston Saturday of each month Brother Rene Lepage every Wednesday and Sunday Mr. Manny Marrero Mr. John F. Watkins All tours are held at 18127 South Alameda Street Ms. Jean Willard 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220 Mr. Tom Van Woerkum (310) 603-0088 • fax (310) 603-0009 Admission is free. California Historic Landmark No. 152 National Register of Historical Landmark NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID LOS ANGELES, CA PERMIT # 2016 Summer Docent Training July 21st 9am to 12pm Ice Cream Social August 12th, 12pm to 3pm Concert in the Park August 26th, 5pm to 7pm Fall Docent Evening training September 5th 5pm to 7pm Grandparents Day September 8th 10am to 4pmClassic Sewing Machine WorkshopSeptember 8th 10:30am to 4:30pm (310) 603-0088