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Livestream Lecture | Filoli: From Family Home to Cultural Center

Like many historic house and gardens, Filoli is expanding its self-perception to remain relevant for the future while honoring its past.

Created as a family home for entertaining, the 54,000-square-foot house and 16 acres of formal gardens have evolved over the 40 years open to the public to be a rich cultural center for the Bay Area community.  Learn more about the stories of resilience that will ensure Filoli is an active center for future generations.


This virtual lecture is presented live via Zoom. The online "waiting room" opens at 6 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 6:30  p.m. Participants can submit questions via the chat feature.
Registered users will be emailed a link to join this Zoom program. To get started, please download Zoom on your chosen device and explore the Frequently Asked Questions. This program will be recorded.


Kara Newport, CEO of FiloliKara Newport (she/her) is the CEO of Filoli and has an extensive history in working with a variety of cultural organizations.  Newport has been with Filoli for over three years and in that short time attendance has increased by an unprecedented 75% and revenue by over 30%.  After completing her master’s degree (MPA), she was a senior development professional at Winterthur, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Franklin Institute and was also the Executive Director for Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden for 10 years.  Newport has served on both local and national boards, including Treasurer of the American Public Gardens Association National Board.


Tune in from home to escape the cold Washington winter and immerse yourself in the stories of great American places and luscious garden estates.

Thursday, February 4 | Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story Documentary & Discussion with filmmakers Royal Kennedy Rodgers and Kathy McCampbell Vance
Thursday, February 11 | The Glory, Ruin, and Rebirth of Untermyer Gardens with Stephen Byrns
Thursday, February 18 |  Filoli: From Family Home to Cultural Center with Kara Newport
Thursday, February 25 | Expanding the American Story with Brent Leggs

  • Filoli's grand brick home surrounded by blooming wisteria
    Courtesy of Kara Newport