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Events Calendar

April

Santa Barbara's Founding Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from Noon to 3:00 PM


Come see the birthplace of Santa Barbara and enjoy a costumed reenactment of the original founding ceremony, held in 1782 at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara. This free event will include Early California music and dance, pottery, Chumash storytelling, archaeology, adobe brick making, and more.  Bring the family and watch the Presidio come to life!

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara
Free Event
For more information (805) 965-0093  

May

College on the Hill: A Century of Dreams
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first higher education degrees awarded in Santa Barbara—by Santa Barbara Normal School, which eventually became UCSB. For most of those years, students studied high above the city on the Riviera campus, which still graces the hillside in large part because of Santa Barbara’s distinctive commitment to historic preservation. Join us in the Chapel of El Presidio State Historic Park for a trip back to those days, led by former city historian Mary Louise Days and UCSB History Prof. Randy Bergstrom. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the talk. Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Presidio Chapel at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara
$8 Public; $6 UCSB History Associates Members & SBTHP Members
For more information (805) 965-0093  


Good Fortune
Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Join the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation for an evening at the Casa de la Guerra celebrating Asian cultures and learn about Santa Barbara’s Asian American heritage. During the late-nineteenth and twentieth-centuries the area in and around the Santa Barbara Presidio was a unique and culturally rich neighborhood. Chinese and Japanese communities coexisted side by side and SBTHP continues to honor this history in El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. In 2009, SBTHP launched “Sharing Our Common Ground” with a three-part community lecture series discussing the Asian American history. In the same year SBTHP established both an annual Asian American film series and a cultural festival. This Good Fortune event celebrates our Asian American culture and Santa Barbara’s wealth of diversity.

Asian Attire Cuisine Libations Special Guests Exhibits

Sponsorships available now. Single tickets in April.

Casa de la Guerra Historic House Museum
15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara
Tickets: $125
For more information (805) 965-0093

Current Exhibits

I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California
Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Presenting I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California, a traveling exhibit from the California Historical Society (CHS), curated by writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton.  According to the 2010 Census, geographically the state of California is more than 94 percent rural. Over the past two years, Hamilton has been telling the stories of rural communities in her multimedia work Real Rural. For this exhibition she uses the collections of the California Historical Society to connect these present-day stories with the past. The exhibit is a combination of large-scale color prints by Hamilton and her selections from CHS’s vast photography collections—material dating from the 1880s through the mid-twentieth century, much of which has never been exhibited before.

Exhibit Dates: February 6 through April 27, 2014
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4:00 PM
Casa de la Guerra Historic House Museum
15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara
FREE with museum admission ($5/adults, $4/seniors (62+),
Free/children 16 & under & SBTHP members

For more information (805) 965-0093   


Memorias y FacturasNihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara's Japanese American Community in Transition, 1900-1940

Nihonmachi Revisited covers forty years of life in Santa Barbara’s Nihonmachi, or Japan Town, which was located on the Presidio site during the first half of the 20th century.  The exhibit includes rarely seen historic photographs donated by local families, accounts of life in Nihonmachi from members of the community, and beautifully reconstructed Japanese ceramics excavated on site by SBTHP’s Archaeological Field School.    

Daily, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara
For more information (805) 965-0093


Memorias y FacturasMemorias y Facturas

Based on the book Documenting Everyday Life in Early Spanish California, "Memorias y Facturas" offers a glimpse into life at the Santa Barbara Presidio between 1781 and 1810. Featuring transcriptions and translations of fifty-two memorias (requisitions) and facturas (invoices) for goods delivered to the Presidio, along with artifacts found on site, "Memorias y Facturas" helps imagine life on the fringes of the Spanish Empire.

Exhibit Dates:
Daily, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park (Northeast Corner)
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara
For more information (805) 965-0093


*This calendar listing may not include all events and programs at SBTHP. Times and dates are subject to change. Please call (805) 965-0093 for more information. If you are interested in becoming more involved in programs offered at SBTHP, you may be interested in our membership program.

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