Tending the Presidio Northeast Corner heritage garden. Photo by Michael H. Imwalle.

New Volunteers Plant our Fall Garden at El Presidio de Santa Barbara SHP

Hello, we are Sam, Lottie, and Elise, the new Presidio Heritage Garden Interns from the Anacapa School. We started our work here on September 22nd with a tour around the presidio grounds from Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Archaeologist Mike Imwalle to see what our semester at the gardens would hold, and were introduced […]

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar. Photo by Mike Imwalle.

Hotel Mariachi lecture and performance by Mariachi Garibaldi!

by Anne Petersen On Thursday September 18th the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) hosted a spectacular concert and lecture program at the Presidio Chapel.  We invited co-authors Catherine Kurland and Evangeline Ordaz-Molina of Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles to speak about a remarkable preservation project in the Boyle Heights […]

David Bolton. Photo by Baron Erik Stafford.

Pozole Feast to launch the 4x4x4 Campaign to complete the Presidio Northwest Corner

On August 31, 2014 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation held a block party in the parking lot adjacent to the Northwest Corner of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. We designed this free community event to spread the word about our capital campaign to complete four essential projects at the Presidio. […]

Photo by Brittany Avila.

Cooking with a Pinch of History: Seviche de Pescado

by Brittany Avila Continuing on a streak of summer-friendly recipes, I decided to make Seviche de Pescado, which meets my usual standards of being an easy to make, healthy and historical dish! This recipe comes from Don Ricardo’s Early California and Mexico Cookbook and reflects Santa Barbara’s maritime location and the use of fish in […]

Sun prints made from nearby plants. Photo by Christa Clark Jones.

Santa Inés Mission Mills Provides Limitless Inspiration at Kids Art Day

by Christa Clark Jones “The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” ~Paul Strand On Saturday, July 26, kids and families were invited to a Kids Art Day at the Santa Inés Mission Mills, hosted by the […]

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SBTHP’s Entry in the 2014 Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade

  Check out the photos from the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation’s parade entry on our Flickr page here.  Thanks to photographers Roger Knox, Jerry Jackman, Suzi Calderon Bellman and Susan Zamudio-Gurrola for sharing these with us, and thanks to all the parade participants, you all looked great!

Intern Kate Borchard with her favorite Klinker Dewey pair, El Palacio de Abel Stearns, and the same site today. Photo by Anne Petersen.

New Exhibit at Casa de la Guerra: Orpha Klinker and Bill Dewey

by Anne Petersen This Friday, July 18 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation opened a new exhibit at Casa de la Guerra titled Orpha Klinker and Bill Dewey: Landmarks of California.  This special project brings together Orpha Klinker’s 1930s paintings of California’s historic resources with contemporary images of the same sites by Santa Barbara photographer […]

Guests enjoy the exhibit. Photo by Anne Petersen

SBTHP Partners with the Elverhoj on a New Exhibit Featuring the Santa Ines Mission Mills

by Anne Petersen On June 14, 2014 the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang opened a new exhibit in partnership with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation called Art from the Groves: The Santa Inés Mission Mills.  The exhibit includes artwork for Santa Ynez Valley artists who painted the Santa Inés Mission […]

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Northwest Corner Final Phase Update

Northwest Corner Final Phase Update

by Michael H. Imwalle After receiving funding from the Outhwaite Foundation, Ann Jackson Family Trust, Hutton Parker Foundation, and the California Mission Foundation, a big push was made to finish the Northwest Corner Defense Wall.  By November 2013 the long section of Western Defense Wall from Canon Perdido Street to the Northwest Corner was completed […]

Archaeology

Artist Specializing in Depictions of Early California Visits the Presidio.

Artist Specializing in Depictions of Early California Visits the Presidio.

by Anne Petersen In November 2012 author and illustrator David Rickman paid a visit to El Presidio SHP.  David paints amazingly evocative images of early California, with an emphasis on the dress and equipment of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century residents.  His paintings are based on meticulous research into both the historic record and historical collections.  He […]

Cooking with a Pinch of History

Cooking with a Pinch of History: Atole

Cooking with a Pinch of History: Atole

by Brittany Avila On February 6, former SBTHP Higman Intern Mika Thornburg and I made a traditional Mexican drink, atole, while interpreting the cocina at the Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight event. I researched the various ways to make this recipe, and concocted my own by merging recipes from the Internet and my using my personal […]

Exhibits

New Exhibit: I See Beauty in This Life

New Exhibit:  I See Beauty in This Life

by Anne Petersen On February 6, 2014 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation opened a new photography exhibit at Casa de la Guerra that reflects a wonderful new partnership with the California Historical Society (CHS).  The exhibit, I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California, originally opened […]

Gardens

Making Wine from Heritage Grapes at El Presidio SHP

Making Wine from Heritage Grapes at El Presidio SHP

by Michael Imwalle, with assistance from Gabe Smith In May of 2013 SBTHP weekend interpreter Gabe Smith began working some extra hours in the Presidio Heritage Garden.  Gabe mentioned that his full-time job was working at Oreana Winery. He asked if he could try and make some wine with the Presidio grapes and we hatched a […]

Highlights from La Tiendita

Support Local Artists at El Presidio SHP: Featuring Chris Potter

Support Local Artists at El Presidio SHP: Featuring Chris Potter

by Katie Sorensen Local artwork has always been a vibrant component to the community of Santa Barbara.  Perhaps it is the natural beauty, architecture and lighting that inspires so many artists to paint.  In an effort to support local arts, we have created a new art wall in the Visitor Center at El Presidio de […]

Preservation Projects

California Missions Foundation Supports SBTHP’s Preservation Efforts at the Santa Inés Mission Mills

California Missions Foundation Supports SBTHP’s Preservation Efforts at the Santa Inés Mission Mills

by Michael Imwalle The Santa Barbara Trust for historic Preservation recently completed an important conservation assessment at the Santa Inés Mission Mills property thanks to a grant from the California Missions Foundation (CMF). According to Santa Inés Mission’s annual account books, construction of two masonry reservoirs and a water-powered grist mill was completed by October […]

Research Center

UCSB Students Work with Oral History Collection

UCSB Students Work with Oral History Collection

by Kenny Le and Myisha Stanford Good news everyone! There is a brand new interview available on the SBTHP Collections Online website featuring Gary Chafe, brought to you by Kenny Le and Myisha Stanford (that’s us!). How did we stumble upon this jewel of an opportunity you may ask? We were enrolled in Professor Ambi […]

Santa Inés Mission Mills

Artists Paint the Santa Ines Mission Mills

Artists Paint the Santa Ines Mission Mills

by Wayne Sherman Exactly one year ago SBTHP held its first “Art from the Groves” artist’s day in partnership with the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art at the Santa Inés Mission Mills site.  The artists returned for our “Pick ‘n Paint” Volunteer Harvest Day this past November and on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 the […]

Then and Now

A Favorite Volunteer Returns to SBTHP

A Favorite Volunteer Returns to SBTHP

by Josh Figueroa When I came home from my freshman year at Lewis & Clark College last summer, I was fortunate enough to be given official employment as a weekend interpreter for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. The job of an interpreter at the SBTHP is to effectively and knowledgeably articulate the history […]

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