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Saturday, Apr. 11th 2015

HEARST CASTLE

Hearst Castle Series 1: The Gardens of Hearst Castle

Join a CA State Park Educator, and a CA State Park Gardener on a walk through the Gardens of Hearst Castle, discovering the many plant species that grow in this historic garden. Explore the challenges of maintaining a “historic garden”, and the processes that are involved in ensuring that the gardens are kept as historically accurate as possible. (Program Length: 30-45mins) (Outside program – iPad) ***The earlier this program is scheduled, the easier it will be to conduct without worrying about the general public getting in the camera view.

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Hearst Castle Series 3: A typical day @ the Ranch

From who was invited, to how the guests arrived, and what they did with their day, walk in the footsteps of the famous (and not so famous) guests of Hearst Castle, learning about the activities guests would participate in, including a visit to both swimming pools, a detailed discussion of the Zoo (at one point the largest private zoo in the United States), and the rooms you would spend your evening in, including the Assembly Room for cocktail hour, the Refectory for dinner, and the Movie Theater. (Program Length: 45-60mins)(Studio Program – using green screen technology & 360 degree imagery).

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Hearst Castle Series 4: The Egyptian Goddess & the Marble Masterpieces in the gardens of Hearst Castle

Stroll through the gardens of Hearst Castle, and learn about the marble statuary, and sarcophagi located throughout the gardens. Gaze at the Egyptian Goddess Sekmet, and get an up-close look at the details carved in to these 4 sculptures of her from over 3000 years ago! Get in in-depth look at these works of art, and discover their orgin, history, and how they came to be placed in the gardens of America’s biggest Media Mogul by unlocking the story of William Hearst, as a prominent Art Collector of the early 20th Century. (Program Length: 30-45mins)(Outside Program – iPad) ***The earlier this program is scheduled, the easier it will be to conduct without worrying about the general public getting in the camera view.

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Hearst Castle Series 5: A room with a view

The bedrooms of Casa Grande: Explore 6 of the guest rooms in Casa Grande, or the Big House (68,500sf!), and also peak in to a room that was off limits to guests in the 1930s, William Hearst’s private Gothic Suite. Learn about how rooms were assigned to guests, some of the rules that applied to sleeping accomodations, and explore the Library down the hall from many of the guest rooms. Get an intimate look in to the man behind the name, by stepping in to his private suite, and getting to know more about him than many of his guests probably ever knew. (Program Length: 30-45mins) (Studio Program – using green screen technology & 360 degree imagery).

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Hearst Castle Series 6: Before there was a Castle, there was a Ranch

Discover the history of Hearst Ranch while walking down the pier in San Simeon Bay. Learn how the ranch was originally purchased by George Hearst, William’s father, over 150 years ago and discover the origins of his fortune. Uncover the early uses of this property, including the use of San Simeon Bay as a shipping & whaling port. Explore the reasons why William Hearst chose to build his dream home, La Cuesta Encantada, on top of a 1600’ mountain, and the difficulties that came with that undertaking. Discuss how the ranch is being used today, as the largest grass-fed, hormone free cattle ranch in the United States, and how a multi-government agency collaboration is protecting the ocean waters bordering the ranch to preserve the rich biodiversity found here. (Program Length: 30-45mins) (Outside Program – iPad)

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Series #2: The Roaring 20's of Hearst Castle

Journey back in time, and discover the beginnings of Hearst Castle, by looking at the 3 Guest Cottages, the first structures constructed at Hearst Castle.  Explore each cottage, looking at how the art, architecture, and interior design all reflect William Hearst’s & Architect Julia Morgan’s vision of creating a Spanish Renaissance Village on top of a hill, in the middle of cattle ranch on the beautiful Central Coast of California, which he appropriately named “La Cuesta Encantada” or the Enchanted Hill.  Discover some of the guests who stayed in these cottages, and hear stories of the guest’s experiences, including Edwin Hubble, George Bernard Shaw, & David Niven. (Program Length: 45-60mins)(Outside program – iPad) ***Suggested time for this program is 8am-9am (PST) due to difficulty of conducting program while tours are in session.  

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Special Christmas focused tour of the main social rooms of Hearst Castle

Discover why the holiday season was an exceptionally festive time for Mr. Hearst and his guests. Share in the splendor as you wind your way through the grounds, Casa del Sol-guest house, and the grand social rooms of Casa Grande. This special seasonal tour showcases abundant holiday decorations with numerous Christmas trees, including two towering trees. View Mr. Hearst’s celebrated art collection in the warm glow of thousands of holiday lights. Your knowledgeable guide will share stories of holiday festivities during the estate’s heyday

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The Hearst Castle: An Exploration of Ancient Civilizations

Explore the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and Romans through the art and artifacts of Hearst Castle

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