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Restored kitchen at Rancho Los Alamitos

Rancho Los Alamitos is among those honored by Long Beach Heritage with a 2017 Preservation Award for Restoration.

Restoration awards recognize projects that focus on historical accuracy by accurately recovering the form, significant features and details of a particular time period.

Rancho Los Alamitos Restoration of the Kitchen Areas and the Cook’s Bedroom - Pamela Young Lee

Curator Pam Lee guided detailed historical examination before returning the kitchen and cook’s bedroom to their conditions in the late 1920s and 30s. Through a combination of repair, replication and relocation of accoutrements from the Rancho collection, she has provided a delightful glimpse into the orderly activities of the “behind-the- scenes” help as well as their employers.


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Pamela Young Leehas been named Associate Director for the Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation by a unanimous and enthusiastic vote of the Board of Trustees effective October 1, 2016.

Ms Lee will provide support for Pamela Seager, Executive Director, as the institution moves through Phase III of the seismic strengthening of the ranch house, organizational development and other projects.

(Yes! There are two dynamic women named Pamela at the reins on the ranch!)

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Pamela Young Lee    

Conversations in Place 2017 Media Materials
The Inaugural Cottonwood Scholarships Information and photo, May 26, 2016
Rancho Los Alamitos Featured in Vacation Idea Dream Magazine 16 Best Things To Do in Long Beach
May 18, 2015
Commentary on KCET.org by D. J. Waldie The State of the Message: Where Have California Dreams Gone?November 4, 2014

Commentary on KCET.org by D. J. Waldie It's on Your Plate. In Your Neighborhood. And of the ImaginationOctober 22, 2014 

Nature's Haunted House
by D.J. Waldie Boom:A Journal of California. Fall 2014, Vol 4, No 3

Tumbleweeds, Bees, and Trees: History Turning Into Nature
by D. J. Waldie, KCET.org. October 1, 2014

Congratulations to Rancho Los Alamitos for earning a 2014 Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award!

Museums, Historic Buildings, and Oases: The Place of Places in Los Angeles
by D.J. Waldie, KCET.org. August 15, 2014

Long Beach's Rancho Los Alamitos Wins L.A. Conservancy Project Preservation Award
by Joe Mello, LBREPORT.com Community Correspondent. July 12, 2014

Taking the Time to Discuss Southern California's Tomorrow and Yesterday by D.J. Waldie, KCET.org.
June 27, 2014

Check out this Op-Ed piece by D.J. Waldie, Co-Moderator of Conversations in Place 2014. Union Station: L.A.'s nearly perfect time machine   Los Angeles Times May 1, 2014

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