The California Association of Museums has announced that Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Road, is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education. Leonis Adobe’s “California Ranch Life” guided tours and field trips for the region’s K-12 school children gives visitors a glimpse into ranch life in the late 1800’s. Docents in period clothes, educate the students about "A Day on a Ranch in 1880".
Students tour the Leonis Adobe house, barn, corrals and livestock, wagons, farm equipment and gardens. School field trips include hands-on activities and "living history" demonstrations, such as corn grinding, tortilla making, butter churning, laundry, branding by the blacksmith, roping with a lasso and feeding the livestock.
“The museum is an important stop for local elementary school students learning about California history. Spending time on a working ranch and actively participating in the daily tasks of the 1880’s brings their social studies curriculum to life, making history accessible to the children in an atmosphere they can appreciate and enjoy”, says Diane Ramadan, Museum Director. About 19,000 visitors tour the Leonis Adobe, annually.
About the Award For Excellence in Museum Education
The Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence in Museum Education competition is a joint project between the California Association of Museums (CAM) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Education. CAM received 25 entries representing a diverse range of institutions and the contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. Six museums throughout the state were chosen to receive recognition. The awards will be presented 2014 CAM Conference in Napa Valley on March 6, 2014.
For more information, call Leonis Adobe Museum: (818) 222-6511 or visit the website: www.leonisadobemuseum.org.