Valley Performing Arts Center

The Hearst Ranch: Family, Land and Legacy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014



Tuesday, February 11, 2014


7:00 pm


The Hearst Ranch: Family, Land and Legacy


The Neighborhood Church
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA


Many Californians have experienced the architectural splendor of Hearst Castle through guided tours of suites, cottages and rooms at William Randolph Hearst’s Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill). But what about the 82,000 acres that surround the legendary estate? What surprises are hidden on this spectacular landscape that is still privately owned and has never been open to the public?

Through historical images from the vast Hearst archive and full-color photography commissioned for her recent book, author Victoria Kastner will reveal the secrets, wonders and stories of the land in an upcoming lecture “Hearst Ranch: Family, Land and Legacy” taking place at 7 p.m. on February 11, 2014 at Pasadena’s Neighborhood Church. The lecture is part of the Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Gamble House.

Kastner will show the rugged side of Hearst Castle, the century-old ranch buildings and residences designed by Julia Morgan. She’ll also share engaging and insightful tales of the Hearst family, Morgan and her staff and the colorful ranch employees – not to mention the countless Hollywood movie stars who came to rough it out on the ranch.

“Hearst Ranch: Family, Land and Legacy” takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91103. Lecture tickets are $30 per person, $25 for FOGH members. Because of the limited seating, reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, visit

About Victoria Kastner
Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle's historian, has written and lectured about San Simeon's land and buildings for nearly thirty years. She has master's degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and George Washington University. She lives in Los Osos, California.

About the Friends of the Gamble House (FOGH)
A support group of the University of Southern California, the FOGH is composed of individuals, corporations and organizations dedicated to the financial support of the Gamble House. Membership fees and Friends-sponsored events help fund the education and restoration programs of the Gamble House.

About the Gamble House
Built in 1908, the Gamble House is the most complete and best-preserved example of the work of renowned Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene. The Gamble House is an internationally recognized National Historic Landmark, in the style of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The Gamble House is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California School of Architecture.

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