October 12, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, 18127 South Alameda Street, Compton,CA 90220, USA
This two-day event features 1800′s California based living history, includes a reenactment of the 1846 Battle of Dominguez Hill—also known as the Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun- and many fun activities based on games relevant to the time period! It allows you to participate as you learn and get hands-on experience.
Both days will have the Battle reenactment at 11:30am and 2pm with a CANON FIRING! The Living History Encampment will be open all day.
If it were not for an elderly woman named Igania Reyes and the cleverness of Captain Jose Antonio Carrillo, the Mexican American War Dominguez Hill Battle would have been lost. Carrillo and his 50 troops were able to trick 200 U.S. military troops into believing that they were outnumbered with strategic use of horses, lances, and one cannon. Reyes hid that one cannon behind her house just before U.S. Troops seized Los Angeles in 1846. Having the cannon was such a large part of the victory that the battle was nicknamed “The Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun” in Reyes’s honor.
Saturday living history encampment is from 11am to 7 pm with a special event occurring only on Saturday:
- Victorian tea and dance is 3:30pm to 6:30pm Saturday only
Sunday living history encampment is from 11-3pm and features a special event occurring only on Sunday:
- Attend a special period church service, Sunday morning at 10am
Meet the people from history books from the 1800s like the Dominguez sisters, Thaddeus and Leontine Lowe with the U.S. Balloon Corps, musicians, soldiers, seamstresses, crafts people, cooks, chaplain, doctors, mountain men and more!
Learn about straw hats, watch bonnet-making demos, and learn about weaving and natural dyes
Don’t miss the wonderful performance from Whirled Peas Band on both days (1pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday)
Adobe brick making, gold panning, sewing and lace making activities are available for everyone! There will also be demonstrations on cooking and tortilla making.
Play the children’s games and pastimes of the period and learn as you participate!
Time period clothing and items are for sale, and although dressing up is not mandatory, it is fun!
Although free, any donation is greatly appreciated and goes to supporting the museum’s programming.
There will be food and drink for purchase at the event as well!
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Participants: Soldados e Californios, The Washington Artillery, W.E.S.T., 1840s U.S. Marines, U.S. Balloon Corps, Sew Cranky, Straw Benders, Brodieaea’s, and many wonderful individuals participating in the living history civilian camp.