The Rancho Camulos Museum has received a grant from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation to archive documents left behind by August Rübel, a Harvard-educated farmer.
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Rübel bought Rancho Camulos in 1924.
The grant will help museum volunteers and Rübel’s descendants in arranging and maintaining papers that reveal “new light on the unique business and lifestyle of running a complex and industrious Southern California ranch in the early twentieth century,” according to a Camulos Museum publication.
Rancho Camulos is located 10 miles west of Interstate 5 along Highway 126.
Wood-Claeyssens is located in Santa Barbara. They support art and humanities projects.
The Rübel documents contain personal and business correspondence that dates back to the 1920s.
The documents have been stored in a bunkhouse in Camulos.
The grant will be used to process the documents, write a history of the Rübel family ownership and publish a booklet for local schools, museums and libraries.
Ellen Knowles, who has a master’s degree from USC in historical preservation, will write the booklet.
The grant will also support the creation of a digital archive “for scholars interested in Southern California agricultural history,” said museum manager Susan Falck.
Rübel died in North Africa when the ambulance he was driving hit a German land mine in 1943.
His wife, Mary died in 1968.
Their daughter, Shirley Rübel Lorenz, is president of the museum board.
Rancho Camulos museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Museum tours offered on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
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Source: Santa Clarita News