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Because we LOVE bringing “history to life”, we have created a series of educational videos sharing Life on the Olivas Adobe Rancho. We hope you enjoy the videos as much as we enjoyed creating them.
Episode 1 - Introduction to the Olivas Family
Interpreter Tom explains when Don Raymundo & Dona Teodora Olivas received a land grant from the Mexican government and started building the present-day two-story Olivas Adobe known in 1847 as the Rancho San Miguel.
Episode 2 - Corn Grinding
Interpreter Leonor demonstrates one of the important chores at the rancho, grinding large kernels of corn into masa for tortilla making!
Episode 3 - Making Tortillas
Interpreter Susie explains how tortillas were the essential food item for the Olivas family and the workers on the rancho.
Episode 4 - Downstairs House Tour
Interpreter Susie leads us through the rooms on the first floor of the adobe house. See furnishings, artifacts, and unique instruments used during the 1800’s.
Episode 5 - Upstairs House Tour
Join interpreter Leonor as she walks through the bedrooms on the second story of the Adobe.
Episode 6 - Rancho Tools
Interpreter Tom describes the many tools used on a working cattle rancho.
Episode 7 - Making Adobe Bricks
Check out the adobe mud-pit and learn about the process of making your own adobe bricks with interpreter Tom.
Episode 8 - Conclusion
Join the interpreters in the Olivas Adobe courtyard and learn how the Rancho Period finally came to an end due to numerous dramatic weather incidents.