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Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters



Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters

4200 Olivas Park Drive

Ventura, CA 93003


 PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release


VENTURA, CA, MAY 23, 2009: The Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters will present their second annual Living History Day at the Olivas Adobe Historical Park, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, on Sunday, June 14, from noon until 3:00 p.m. Living History Day celebrates the historical contribution of the Mexican pioneers who settled the western part of Ventura County during the Rancho Period. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 658-4726. Children under four will be admitted free. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12, and $10 for a family of four. More information and driving directions can be found at All proceeds go toward the maintenance of the Olivas Adobe.

Inside the courtyard, visitors will see a typical day on Rancho San Miguel in the year 1864. Local actors Doug Friedlander and Rosalee Calvillo, and guitarist and singer Delia Gonzalez will provide entertainment. Tours, in English or Spanish, will feature rancho activities enacted by volunteer docents. Daily rancho events such as spinning, weaving, roping, blacksmithing, and a baking demonstration will give visitors an appreciation of these hardy pioneers. "Last year people wanted to buy the loaves of bread we baked in the horno (outdoor oven)," said Mike Davis, master baker. "So this year we are going to make them available for a donation to the Adobe maintenance fund."

A video tour of the Adobe's interior will be offered in the Exhibit Hall, and historical paintings and murals by Ventura artist Marguerite Hardeman will be on display near the rose garden. Leif Engeswick, master of mechanical musical instruments, will provide musical accompaniment. Food, snacks, and cold drinks will be available for purchase as well.

The Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters supports Food Share, Ventura County's Food Bank. The Olivas Adobe is a drop-off point for contributions of non-perishable food items.


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