Three artifacts (or sets of artifacts) from the Rancho Camulos Museum collection were professionally packed up Feb. 17, 2017, and shipped to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, for inclusion in the "Many Voices, One Nation" exhibit at the National Museum of American History.
The new permanent exhibit, which opens June 28, 2017, "presents the five-hundred-year journey of how many distinct peoples and cultures met, mingled and created the culture of the United States." The artifacts from Rancho Camulos are expected to be on display three years or more.
The artifacts include the late 18th-century red sacred heart from the 1860s Camulos chapel; the original wooden cross from the Del Valle family's chapel garden at Camulos; and a mortar and pestle attributed to the Tataviam people who lived in the Piru area and maintained a village on the (later) Rancho Camulos property until 1803 when they were removed to the San Fernando Mission.
The sacred heart was previously loaned for an exhibit
at Loyola Marymount University, where Josefa del Valle Forster had donated other family heirlooms just before her death in 1943.
The LMU exhibit described the heart as follows:
Sacred Heart, glass and metal, circa late 19th century
Late nineteenth century photographs show that this elaborately jeweled Sacred Heart once resided on the altar in the Camulos chapel, easy to see for those participating in the liturgy
As an object of devotion it referred to the sacred heart of Christ, representing His divine love for humanity. Devotion of the Sacred Heart dates back to biblical times as a way to commemorate
Christ's acts of asceticism, love, and salvation for mankind. The possession of this Sacred Heart was another demonstration of Ysabel del Valle's pious character.
TV1701: 9600 dpi jpegs from digital images by Jessica Boyer. Photographed Feb. 17, 2017.