William S. Hart Ranch and Museum

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Williams S. Hart Ranch and Museum The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

A member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the William S. Hart Museum is less than an hour's drive from most areas of Los Angeles.

The William S. Hart Park and Museum is the former retirement home of the famed silent film actor and director who produced a series of hit Western movies in the early 1900's. His beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival Style Mansion – now the Museum – exhibits an impressive collection of Western artwork by noted artists Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, and Joe de Yong, as well as mementos from early Hollywood, personal furnishings and effects, and artifacts representing multiple Native American cultures.

The Museum also includes an historic 1910 Ranch House that exhibits Hart's tack and saddle collection, personal furnishings, and additional Hollywood mementos.

Both the Mansion and the Ranch House are located in scenic William S. Hart Park, where guests may enjoy visiting a live collection of farm animals, a herd of American bison, a vast picnic area, a series of hiking trails, and a charming Western-themed Gift Store.

As Mr. Hart's gift to the public, visiting the Park and Museum is always free.

For more information, please call (661) 254-4584 or email information@hartmuseum.org.

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Upcoming Events

Silents Under the Stars
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Hart Hall
$50 / person

What do you get when you mix barbecue, live music, a silent auction featuring charming Western collectibles, AND silent movie star William S. Hart as a vengeance-seeking gambler? Why, it’s the annual Silents Under the Stars fundraising extravaganza! Come on out to Hart’s 100+ acre Horseshoe Ranch nestled in the sun-drenched hills of Santa Clarita, and enjoy a delightful summer evening out “under the stars” where festivities will include: twilight tours of Hart’s hilltop mansion, a catered barbecue dinner, a pre-dinner concert courtesy of those hit western music stars, New West, the silent auction featuring a range of beautiful antiques and Western memorabilia, and an outdoor screening of Hart’s 1921 blockbuster, White Oak. This hit film, starring Hart as card dealer Oak Miller seeking revenge on the criminal that attacked his sister, will be accompanied by live music as it plays on the big screen! So don’t miss this unique evening of fun, food, and Hollywood! Tickets on sale now at www.friendsofhartpark.org.

Open House: Immigration
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
11:00am – 4:00pm
Hart Mansion
Cost is FREE

Join us for the next installment in our Open House series, where you can not only enjoy Hart’s beautiful hilltop mansion at your own pace, but you can also explore interactive, crafty, hands-on activity stations that explore the world of immigration. Hart’s parents were both immigrants to the US from Europe, so the Open House asks: what does the history of immigration look like? What effects has immigration had? And how are we shaped by immigration today? Be sure to come on up the hill to the Hart Mansion to find out more about this important topic and explore Hart’s impressive collections of western artwork, Native American artifacts, and Hollywood memorabilia at your own pace!

Happenin’s at Hart: Cardboard Castles
Friday, August 15, 2014
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Hart Park Picnic Area
Cost is FREE
Perfect for students in K – 5th grade

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, the great people of Newhall watched a mighty castle being built upon a hill… and on Friday, August 15, 2014, we build our own storybook mini-castles in our monthly Happenin’s at Hart program! We provide all the supplies; all you have to do is bring the imagination and the willingness to have fun designing your own dream home the same way Bill Hart did back in 1926. The cost is free, and this is a perfect craft activity for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. See you there!

Crafterday Saturdays
Bring the young ones along and have some free craftin’ fun on Saturdays at the Hart!
11:00am – 4:00pm
Hart Mansion Back Yard
Cost is FREE!
Perfect for K – 5th Grade

Grab the young’uns and mosey on up the hill in William S. Hart Park to the glorious hilltop Mansion, where you can not only take a free guided tour, but your young ones can have some free craftin’ fun! Set up right outside the Mansion’s back door, on the covered back patio, is the new weekly Crafterday Saturday craft table! The young ones can try their hands at simple crafts like making their own totem poles, designing their own rope art, making their own dreamcatchers, and so much more! The cost is FREE and all are welcome! Activities are geared towards younger participants, but anyone who enjoys crafts will have a grand ol’ time, so don’t miss it.

Crafterday Saturday is weather-permitting. Crafts will be set up every Saturday at 11:00am excepting inclement weather days. For questions about Crafterday Saturday, please call the Museum at (661) 254-4584 or email at information@hartmuseum.org.

Passport 2 History
The William S. Hart Museum is proud to be participating in the “Passport 2 History” program designed by the Leonis Adobe Association to introduce visitors to the incredible diversity of historical, cultural and natural resources available in California. Visitors will be issued a passport at the Leonis Adobe Museum, and will receive a seal on the relevant page when visiting each participating venue. Historic locations in the program are found throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Get the most out of your gas this year by exploring the wealth of local sites celebrating Southern California's rich past! We look forward to seeing you at the Hart. Check out the Passport 2 History website for complete information and maps, www.passport2history.com

Volunteers Wanted

Come be a part of this amazing historic home. When you become a Hart Volunteer, you join a dedicated and passionate team of individuals who work together to engage guests with the Hart collections and keep William S. Hart's legacy alive. Hart Volunteers assist in the following ways:

Museum Tours
Volunteers guide the public through the home itself on walking tours, helping visitors explore William S. Hart, his legacy, his home, and the Museum's collections. These tours engage guests with Mr. Hart's life and times as well as Western art, history, nature, Native American culture, animals, and Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture.

Educational Outreach Program
The Hart Museum partners with Santa Clarita Valley elementary schools to connect 3rd and 4th grade students with local history. Bringing interactive and hands-on education programs into the classrooms, outreaches complement the school's curricula and provide the students a chance to learn more about local history with artifact replicas and interactive activities. Volunteers assist the staff with the outreach programs and work directly with the students and the hands-on objects / activities.

Gift Store
The Friends of Hart Park Gift Store, the Trading Post, offers a variety of Western and Native American items for sale including jewelry, clothing, and accessories, as well as Hart's films, Western books, and other novelties. Volunteers in the Gift Store facilitate sales of the shop's merchandise and engage with visitors about William S. Hart, the Park and Museum, and public programs.

Special Events
Volunteers also assist with special programs, projects, and events as needed and/or desired.

You do not need any special experience or background to become a Hart Volunteer – just an interest in the Hart material and an enthusiasm for working with our amazing visitors. So consider joining the volunteer team at the William S. Hart Museum! You can help us connect our guests with nature, history, and Hollywood.

Call Rachel Barnes, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, at (661) 254-4584 for more information!

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