Hearst Castle guests include more than a few saints

betling@thetribunenews.comApril 12, 2013 

People like to talk about celebrity visitors who hung around Hearst Castle in its heyday, but what about those who came to the hilltop and never left?

Cambria resident Michele Smith has written a book about saints depicted in artwork on Castle walls. She’ll talk about “The Saints of San Simeon” and sign copies Tuesday, April 16, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.

The evening, hosted by the Historical Guides Association of California, starts with refreshments at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:30. There’s no admission charge.

The 82-page book is about the timeless journey and moving stories of the saints from the devotional collection at Hearst Castle, describing their lives, attributes and martyrdom.

Smith is a former guide at what’s formally known as Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.  A collector of historical and devotional art, she’s currently a docent at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Cambria Historical Museum and member of the California Mission Studies Association History Center of San Luis Obispo County.

The Historical Guides Association celebrates the legacy of Hearst Castle. For more about the group, go to www.hearsthga.com.

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