William S. Hart Ranch and Museum

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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

Day at the Ranch: The Chumash
Saturday, December 13, 2014
10:00am – 1:00pm
Hart Museum Ranch House**HART MANSION**
Cost is FREE
Perfect for students in 3rd – 5th grade


So please come on up the hill to the Hart Mansion and experience Day at the Ranch indoors!

Come on out to William S. Hart Park and experience daily life in an historic Chumash village! Learn how these incredible peoples thrived here in the mountains and valleys of Southern California, including how they gathered and prepared food, how they built their homes, what they did for fun, and so much more! Activities include building your own Chumash home, designing your own animal skin clothing, creating your own cave art, and designing your own canoe. So don’t miss it because this is a perfect opportunity for students in 3rd – 5th grade who are studying historic Native Americans to explore how the Chumash used their environment to support their daily needs.

Happenin’s at Hart: Candle Makin’
Fun After School Programs for your young one to enjoy!
Friday, December 19, 2014
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost is FREE
Perfect for K – 5th Grade

Please note this month’s program will NOT take place in the Hart Park Picnic Area but inside the banquet hall, which is located just inside the main entrance of Hart Park. Look for us right inside the entrance of Hart Hall next to the Christmas tree!

The Spanish explorers made them. The Mexican ranchers made them. The early Old West settlers made them. And on Friday, December 19, we try our hands at candle making too! Join us for this fun and festive activity where we take old crayons and convert them into colorful candles, just in time for the holidays! Cost is FREE and this is a perfect activity for those young elementary school students who still need to find a holiday present for their friends and families. We provide all the supplies and you have all the fun!

Open House: New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
10:00am – 4:00pm
Hart Mansion
Cost is FREE
Perfect for all ages!

Join us on New Year’s Eve for a fun-filled look at how different cultures celebrate the close of one year and the start of the next! We throw open the doors of Bill Hart’s glorious hilltop mansion – all bedazzled for the holiday season – and let you wander through at your own pace, with lots of fun activity stations to stop and enjoy along the way! Make your own mistletoe headband to ward off bad luck in the coming year as the Irish did. Or make sure the cowboy is the first foot to cross your threshold in the new year so you have good luck, as the British believed. Create a winter count bison hide like the Sioux or a pochibukuro (a decorated trinket envelope) like the Japanese. These activities and more are all part of our New Year’s Eve Open House, so don’t miss it!

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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