(Rancho Dominguez, CA)—The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum will commemorate the 250 year anniversary of the Gaspar de Portolá Expedition. The Dominguez Homestead is connected to the Expedition through Juan José Dominguez. He was a soldado de cuera (leather-jacket soldier) who accompanied Portolá during his exploration of present day California. Portolá was commissioned by King Carlos III of Spain to affirm Spanish claim of Alta California from San Diego to San Francisco in 1769 through 1770. Once retired, Dominguez received the first Spanish land grant in California. The Dominguez land grant, named Rancho San Pedro, spanned 75,000 acres encompassing most of the Southbay. The Dominguez Adobe was built by Juan José’s grandnephew, Manuel Dominguez, in 1826.
Commemorating the historical event, on Saturday May 11, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, the public is invited to experience life in 1700s Spanish Alta California. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities; such as, corn husk doll making, adobe brick making, and tortilla making. Reenactors will demonstrate historic skills including blacksmithing and cattle roping. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
The public is invited to attend the free event and is encouraged to take a tour of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is Located at 18127 South Alameda Street, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.