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This Months Meeting

September 25, 2014
(Members Only)

History of the Gardens

Speaker: Victoria Kastner
"The Hearst Ranch - On the Hilltop & On the Ocean"

Join Hearst Castle’s longtime historian Victoria Kastner, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of the fabulous Hearst Ranch. She will discuss the beautiful formal hilltop gardens surrounding the Castle. She will also reveal as well the ranch’s many working buildings and private residences designed by architect Julia Morgan. Victoria delivers engaging and insightful tales of the Hearst family, of talented Julia Morgan and her staff, of the gardeners and cowboys, and of the countless Hollywood movie stars who joined Hearst and his companion Marion Davies as they went "roughing it" on his San Simeon ranch.

Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle's historian, has written and lectured about the estate for more than thirty years. She has a master’s degree with a specialty in architectural history from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in museum management from George Washington University. Ms. Kastner is the author of the new volume Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy, as well as Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House and Hearst's San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land. All three volumes are published by Abrams Books, and together they form a trilogy that reveals the fascinating history of this fabulous estate for the first time. She has lectured extensively, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the de Young Museum, and the Getty Museum. She has also been interviewed on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, National Public Radio, and Australian National Radio.

We will have the “HEARST RANCH:  FAMILY, LAND, AND LEGACY” book for sale.  Victoria will be signing her book, immediately following her seminar.

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