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Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy
Thursday, May 15
Museum Members $5; Public $15 Buy tickets
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One of the legendary American residences, Hearst Ranch has also been described as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Drawing on a vast archive of private family records and extensive personal correspondence, Victoria Kastner shares new stories and rare historic images, transporting you back to early 20th century California.
This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2014 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, a program which serves to situate the Nickerson Mansion within the context of social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for any attendees who would like to explore the Museum and its collections. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. As space is limited, advance reservations are highly recommended.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle’s historian, has written and lectured about San Simeon’s land and buildings for more than thirty years. She is the author of Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House (Abrams, 2000); Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land (Abrams, 2009); and coauthor of The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years (2012). She has a master’s degree in public history with an emphasis in architectural history from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in museum management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Kastner lives in Los Osos, California.
Book Club: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Saturday, October 11
Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. Join us for a lively discussion of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. Read more
Gypsy Jazz: Swing Gitan
Friday, October 17
Back by popular demand! Chicago's premiere gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan, led by Alfonso Ponticello returns to the Museum for an evening of foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments in the 1930's-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt. Read more
Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30
Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more
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