Historical Guides Association of California

2013 Archives

Announcements & Useful Info
Where We're Going: Events & Meetings Calendar
Where We've Been
Health News
New in Your Library
Contact Us
About Us
Organizational By-Laws
Privacy Policy

Here's a list of the things we did in 2013!

November 2013

Potluck & HGA Board Election Results! 
Tuesday ~ November 19th
Bring your favorite dish to share!
Food set-up starts about 6:00 pm!
We'll start eating about 6:30 pm! 
Rabobank Community Room, Cambria

With the shifting to the standard calendar year (Jan-Dec) for the HGA Board terms, it just seemed to make sense to move our annual "Thanks to the old board & welcome to the new board" potluck to November. This way we can also make it our "Here comes the Holidays" potluck, too! Does that mean we get to eat twice as much? Anyway, this is the plan. We'll also have a short business meeting after we eat to announce the election results and introduce your new HGA board for the next two year term. Also featured "on the wall" during the evening will be a continual slide show of images from our programs this past year.

Mark the date and bring your favorite dish to share! By the way, the date of Nov 19th is a full week before our Thanksgiving weekend commitment. So, come enjoy!

Click below to download the flyer and spread the word! See you there! 

October 2013

All About Elephant Seals
~ and ~
Nominations for the New HGA Board! 
Tuesday ~ October 15th
Program starts at 6:30 pm sharp!
Rabobank Community Room, Cambria
Join us for social time starting about 6:00 pm

We'll have the details of our Elephant Seal program up very soon, so please check back.

This is the time to take nominations for the new HGA Board to serve for the next 2 year term, Jan-Dec 2014-2016. Elections are scheduled to be held in November. Would you like to be on the Board or know someone who would make a good team member? Think about it and get ready to let us know.

September 2013 

WR & the WWII Years!
Tuesday ~ September 17th
Program starts at 6:30 pm sharp!
Rabobank Community Room, Cambria
Join us for social time starting about 6:00 pm

WR-WWII-Newspaper.JPG WHR-MD-Wyntoon.jpg

William Randolph Hearst's affinity for Wyntoon, the family's Northern California estate along the banks of the scenic McCloud River, began around the year 1900 when his mother, Phoebe, hired architect Bernard Maybeck to design a large Germanic-themed "castle". After Phoebe's death in 1919, the property was inherited by her niece, Anne Apperson-Flint, and eventually purchased by WRH in 1925. Following a catastrophic fire in 1930, he began to spend ever-increasing amounts of time and money on its rebuilding and expansion. The improvements would prove to be fortuitous; by the end of the decade Wyntoon was supplanting San Simeon as his primary residence. This transition was complete by early 1941, and would last through much of WWII. This period's history will be examined through the use of newspapers, photographs, maps and correspondence.

Compared to other time periods, we have little information on this later portion of Hearst's life. What did he do? How did he feel? Where did he go? And why did he spend virtually no time at his beloved hilltop, San Simeon?  

Tom Brown has been involved in extensive research to find some answers. From first-person sources, he will update and revise many of our commonly accepted "facts". This program will give us new information about those war years. Even evidence that WRH actually returned to San Simeon from Wyntoon months earlier than we have been saying.

Plan to hear new stories and see new photos! Tom will take your questions. It's going to be a great evening and we hope you will put the date on your calendar! Plan to join us! 

June 2013

Camp Ocean Pines ~ Cambria!
Sunday ~ June 2nd!
Program starts at 4:00 pm!
BBQ ready about 6:00 pm!

This is the HGA's annual kickoff to the summer commitment and all the tourists who will be coming to the Central Coast. Steve Hamill will be our Head BBQ Chef again. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to share potluck style. Also, plan to bring your own drinks, please. The rest... BBQ, Portabella Mushrooms, beans, bread, the works... will be included. Cost, as last year, will be $8.00 per person. Children under 6 years ~ free! This will about cover the cost of the food. Your HGA will pay the rest of the cost of using the facilities at Camp Ocean Pines. Yes... we will have shelter and won't get blown away like last year on the beach! We will eat indoors in their dinning room area and will have the use of their restroom facilities, too.

Because we have to buy food in advance, this will be a Reservation-by-Cash situation and the per person charge is non-refundable. So, if at the last minute, you decide not to attend or something causes a conflict, we still will have already paid out for your portion of the food, which can't be returned. So we appreciate your understanding. Please make your reservations as early as possible and tell us if you're bringing any kids under 6 (free food for them) and if so, how many.

So the BBQ (sorry no chicken this year) will be ready about 5:30 pm. However, plan to arrive in time for the program presentation at 4:00 pm

Camp director Chris Cameron will walk us around the 12-acre facility. The straw-bale construction cabins are decorated by themes honoring famous scientists and artists, such as Van Gogh, Jacques Cousteau, Marie Curie and Leonardo da Vinci. Chris is an apprentice falconer, and he and his red-tailed hawk will demonstrate their skills. The 17th century Duke of Burgundy holds a falcon on his arm in the replica above the doorway of Casa Grande. You’ve always wanted to throw a tomahawk, right? Chris can teach you how to get that satisfying ‘thunk’ as blade hits wood. This is going to be fun, so make sure you get there by 4:00 pm.     

This has become an annual, fun event and a great way to enjoy mixing with your co-workers who help to provide visitors with an excellent experience during the summer vacation months. Come enjoy, hang out and have fun!

Below is a flyer for the event. Please download it, print a copy, and pass it around!

May 2013

The Way It Really Was:
Photos from "the day" 
Tuesday ~ May 21st
Program starts at 6:30 pm sharp!
Rabobank Community Room, Cambria
Join us for social time starting about 6:00 pm

This is going to be an evening that will take you back in time... past the Millennials (born 1980-2000)... past the Baby Boomers (born 1943-1960)... past the Silent Generation (born 1925-1942)... touching some of the early of the Greatest Generation (born 1901-1924)... finally centering on the Lost Generation (born 1883-1900)... and the Missionary Generation (born 1860-1882). Members of these last two mentioned would find themselves encircled within the influence of a person who arguably was the most gifted, most powerful, and most miscalculated individuals of the time period... the person we represent daily: William Randolph Hearst.

Guide Larry Crawford has been collecting photos of WRH, the Ranch, and Marion Davies since 2002. To Crawford, a picture really IS worth a thousand words. On May 21, you are invited to see a presentation that brings together three separate areas into one... the people... the building... and the time segments of society. At this presentation of vintage photos of the various time periods, you will for the first time be able to see what was happening with the building on the hilltop, with the people involved, and what was happening in society or The World outside of this Enchanted Hill.

Crawford hopes this will be a community effort as each photo is viewed. As everyone contributes what they know from what they are seeing, it should turn out to be an evening where we all can learn a bit more about this amazing place and time in the history of our country and planet! We hope to see you there!

April 2013

The Saints of San Simeon
Tuesday ~ April 16th
Program starts at 6:30 pm sharp!
Rabobank Community Room, Cambria
Join us for social time starting about 6:00 pm

We welcome former Guide Michele Smith for our April program. Since she left Hearst Castle, she's completed a book about the timeless stories of the saints from the devotional collection that WRH placed around Hearst Castle for his guests to enjoy. From her research, Michele will give us an insight to the lives of the saints, their attributes and their martyrdom. Come learn what Michele has uncovered as she reveals more about the amazing collection that is all around us.

Michele is also a docent at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, a member of the California Mission Studies Association, a member and docent at The Cambria Historical Museum, and a member of The History Center of San Luis Obispo County.

Make plans to join us for this interesting look at a special area of collecting done by WRH. Michele will also be available for a book signing to immediately follow her presentation.

We'll see you there!

Below is a flyer for the event. Please download it, print a copy, and pass it around! 

March 2013

Phoebe Hearst and Julia Morgan - "LIVE"
Tuesday ~ March 19th
Program starts at 6:30 pm sharp!
Rabobank Community Room, Cambria
Join us for social time starting about 6:00 pm

It's going to be a very special evening at Rabobank Community Room. We will be treated to a Persona presentation of Phoebe Hearst and Julia Morgan as interpreted by Donna Crocker and Marge Sewell.

This will be a fascinating evening as Marge and Donna bring these two central players in the life of WRH for us to see. Phoebe is the one who "discovered" Julia when she was a young student on the campus at Berkeley. The two women interacted through the years until Phoebe's passing in 1919. How did they treat each other? What was their level of respect? What are some of the not-so-common facts about the interaction of these two legendary figures. Come watch their persona's come to life the evening of March 19th.

We'll see you there!

Below is a flyer for the event. Please download it, print a copy, and pass it around! 

February 2013

Heraldry at Hearst Castle: New Discoveries!
Tuesday ~ February 19th
Program starts at 6:30 pm sharp!
Rabobank Community Room, Cambria
Join us for social time starting about 6:00 pm

Minor Chavez has continued his detailed research.  Since his presentation on the Hero Room ceiling, he has made many astounding discoveries and connections.  For the first time in the history of the Monument, the identities of many of the individuals whose coats-of-arms are displayed in the museum will be revealed, and all of them turned out to be major historical figures.  Come hear all the newest information!  Did WRH know these things?

Mark the date and come learn all about these new discoveries! 

January 2013

Julia Morgan's Asilomar:
An HGA Road Trip! 
Tuesday ~ January 22nd
This will be a bus trip to the
Monterey Peninsula!


Asilomar is one of five sites in the California State Park System that received the "imprint" of the talent and attention of Architect Julia Morgan. She was a busy lady and Asilomar represents her largest collection of Arts & Crafts-style buildings in one location.

This HGA bus trip is open to HGA members, only. Have you renewed your membership for 2013? We can only take 30 participants, so reserve your space by submitting your check. The program will include an in-depth tour of the grounds, over an hour, given by Roxanne starting at 11:00 am.

OK... we admit it. It's hard to please everyone. So, the two forms of lunch that have been talked about here have now been combined: You can bring a sack lunch, if you like... OR... the bus is still going to Monterey's Cannery Row and all those great restaurants will be available for those who wish to lunch that way. So the choice is yours. Either way, the bus will be leaving Monterey for home by 3:00 pm, so you'll need to be "on board".

A reminder that the HGA will be providing wine, water and cups on the bus, along with a few snacks, as we head back home. However, if you feel so moved, HGA members may bring snacks to add to the bounty! Then, we'll head down the road with some great information, pleasant memories, and super photos! 


  1. Pickup: MORRO BAY, Spencer's parking lot next to Taco Temple ~ 7:00 am 
  2. Pickup: CAMBRIA, First Baptist Church, 2120 Green St. (when coming from Morro, at first stop light in Cambria, Ardath Dr., turn left on Ardath, Church on right) ~ 7:25 am 
  3. Pickup: PASO ROBLES, Amtrak Station, long term parking area (800 Pine St., Paso Robles) ~ 8:15 am
  4. Arrive: Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Ave., Pacific Grove ~ 10:45 am
  5. Tour: Asilomar ~ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  6. Leave: Asilomar ~ 1:00 pm
  7. Lunch: Cannery Row, Monterey ~ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm (or there about)
  8. Leave Monterey area ~ by 3:00 pm
  9. Drop off: PASO ROBLES ~ around 5:00 - 5:30 pm
  10. Drop off: CAMBRIA ~ around 6:15 - 6:30 pm
  11. Drop off: MORRO BAY ~ around 7:00 - 7:30pm

Have you joined the HGA?

Historical Guides Association
PO Box 152
Cambria, CA 93428
2008-2017 Copyright Historical Guides Association of California