Our Notable Past
San Simeon - What's the Point
were greeted with a warm welcome from Grace Mitchell, past President,
Cuesta College; and Howard S. Miller, President, Heritage Shared.
Paul Apodaca - Native American scholar, artist, Academy
Award-winning musician; editor of News from Native California; curator
of Native American Collection, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana; and Professor
of Sociology, Chapman University. Presentation: San Simeon and
California: The Native American Experience and Perspective
Gray Brechin - Cultural geographer, environmental historian,
co-author of Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California
Dream, author of Imperial San Francisco. Presentation: The Matter
of Style: La Cuesta Encantada and the Hearst-Mexico Connection
Taylor Coffman - Author of The Cambria Forest, Hearsts
Dream, and The Builders behind the Castles, and publisher of Coastal
Heritage Press. Presentation: Panel discussion participant.
Roberto Garza - (Don Pio Pico) California Council for the
Humanities Chautauqua History Alive! performer; Instructor at Pasadena
City College and Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel; member of
Screen Actors Guild and Nosotros, a Hollywood-based actors
organization for Latinos. Presentation: A California Council for the
Humanities History Alive! Chautauqua performance.
John Horn - State Historian, Hearst San Simeon State
Historical Monument. Presentation: Panel discussion participant.
Dennis Judd - History Instructor, Cuesta College; Vice President,
Heritage Shared; and longtime Guide, Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.
Presentation: Panel discussion participant.
Donald Murphy - Former Director, California Department of
Parks and Recreation; currently Director, Hearst Castle Preservation
Richard Orsi - Editor of California History, Professor of
History, California State University, Hayward.
Robert Pavlik - Associate Environmental Planner/Historian,
CalTrans; Board Member, Heritage Shared; and former State Historian,
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument. Presentation: Panel
Dave Stamey - Cowboy artist; Nipomo singer and songwriter.
Presentation: Live music at a reception in the San Simeon Visitor
Center, National Geographic Theater.
Ethan Bertrando, archaeological consultant; Shirley
Bianchi, County Supervisor; Bill Bianchi, Soil Physicist;
Joseph Giannini, coastal fisherman and Morro Bay community
activist; Dan Krieger, Professor of History, Cal Poly, author
of War Comes to the Middle Kingdom and San Luis Obispo County:
Looking Backward into the Middle Kingdom; Richard Hitchman,
History Instructor, Cuesta College, co-author of Romualdo Pacheco in
Two Worlds; Jack Hunter, Central Coast marine historian and
underwater archaeologist; Terry Jones, archaeologist and
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Cal Poly; Lynne Landwehr,
writer and editor, historian of Chinese San Luis Obispo; Loren
Nicholson, author of Rails across the Ranchos and Old Picture
Postcards: A Historic Journey along Californias Central Coast; Wallace
V. Ohles, author of The Lands of Mission San Miguel; Guests of
Honor Margaret Soto and Bob Soto, Soto family
representatives; Greg Smith, Resource Ecologist, Hearst San
Simeon State Historical Monument; Kirk Sturm, Acting
Director, Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument; Jan
Timbrook, ethnobotanist, Senior Associate Curator of
anthropology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
The following individuals provided on-board commentary, and
on-site interpretation at Old San Simeon Village, San Simeon Creek,
and Piedras Blancas Lighthouse: George Carter, Jeff Grover, Steve
Hamill, Michelle Hichigian, John Horn, Ted Moreno, Kay Parkman, Jeff
Schultz , Jim Shivers, Denise Surber, Russ Surber
complete program in PDF format.
Chinese San Luis Obispo
Heritage Home Tour
San Simeon Point