Illustrated Discussions of Carolands, Filoli and Ralston Hall
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San Mateo County History Museum | 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA
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The San Mateo County Historical Association will present illustrated discussions on three of the Peninsula’s famous great estates: the newly restored Carolands Chateau of Hillsborough, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Filoli of Woodside and Notre Dame de Namur University’s Ralston Hall of Belmont, on Saturday, June 26, at 1 p.m. The program is part of the Historical Association’s “Courthouse Docket” lecture series sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.
Paul Price will represent Carolands Chateau. He is a Bay Area native who has spent many years studying and leading tours at two of the Peninsula’s most significant estates. At Filoli he was trained in the docent class of 1979 along with Lurline Coonan whose family actually owned the estate just before it was donated to the National Trust. In 2002, the owners of Carolands asked him to give tours, and he has been happily volunteering there ever since.
Julie Bly DeVere is the Director of Museum Collections at the historic Filoli Estate, where she has managed the museum collection of art, furniture and decorative items, as well as the libraries and archives since 2011. Julie is also an adjunct lecturer in the Museum Studies Program at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining Filoli she worked with the collections of the Ainsley House; the PYIFA excavations in Abydos, Egypt; the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, and others. She also volunteers as a board member for the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild (BAACG), and the American Alliance of Museum’s Historic House and Site Network (AAM-HHSN).
Denise Winkelstein is a graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University. She was a Wedding and Special Event Coordinator at Ralston Hall Mansion from 2003 to 2012, the year it closed due to seismic issues. Denise helped establish and manage the Friends of Ralston Hall docent group offering guided tours of the mansion to the public. Her most recent project was assisting with the curation of a special display of Ralston Hall memorabilia at Wiegand Gallery on the campus.