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!

Photo by Susan Zamudio-Gurrola.

Celebrate Fiesta with Goods from La Tiendita!

By Susan Zamudio-Gurrola The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation would like to announce the addition of a new staff member: Susan Zamudio-Gurrola. Having previously worked for two museums in Ventura County, Susan will be utilizing her prior experience to assist our Director of Education as well as be in charge of the gift shops […]

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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Good Fortune: SBTHP’s Gala on May 31, 2014

On Saturday Mary 31, 2014 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation held its annual gala, this year titled Good Fortune, which celebrated the rich Asian American heritage of Santa Barbara.   Over 100 guests enjoyed a variety of performances, food and demonstrations during the event, held at Casa de la Guerra.  To see all the […]

SBTHP staffers tasted at our monthly potluck and all approve! Photo by Brittany Avila.

Cooking with a Pinch of History: Ensalada de Guacamole

by Brittany Avila Hello again! After a brief reprieve from the cocina I’m back and ready to dive into cooking up history! I thought I would ease back into my cooking skills with a simple and healthy recipe from Don Ricardo’s Early California and Mexico Cookbook, perfect for the pre-summer heat Santa Barbara has been […]

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Founding Day 2014 Photos are Here!

Did you attend our Founding Day celebration at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park on April 26, 2014?  If so, you might appear in the wonderful photos we just uploaded to Flickr!   Click here to see them all, and feel free to download and share them. Thanks to everyone who joined us, […]

Photo by Wayne Sherman.

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 […]

Olive-themed trays and bowls made by ceramic artist Jeannie Davis for sale exclusively through SBTHP. Photo by Katie Sorensen.

New to La Tiendita: Jeannie Davis Olive-Themed Ceramics

by Katie Sorensen This month, La Tiendita, the Santa Barbara Presidio gift shop, is pleased to be carrying 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Jeannie Davis’s pottery.  Jeannie Davis is a sixth generation descendant of the de la Guerra family on her mother’s side and has been working with the Santa Barbara Trust for historic Preservation […]

All News

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 […]

Education Programs

SBTHP Hosts Lecture on Preservation by Dr. Ned Kaufman in Collaboration with UCSB

SBTHP Hosts Lecture on Preservation by Dr. Ned Kaufman in Collaboration with UCSB

by Anne Petersen On March 13, SBTHP was pleased to host a lecture at the Presidio Chapel by Dr. Ned Kaufman, Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University.  The lecture, titled “Extraordinary Prizes in Ordinary Places: How Preserving Everyday Things Can Save People and the Planet,” was coordinated by UCSB History Graduate Student Alison […]

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

New Saint Barbara Tile Debuts at SBTHP Holiday Sale Saturday December 14

New Saint Barbara Tile Debuts at SBTHP Holiday Sale Saturday December 14

by Katie Sorensen The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation has a long running relationship working with local ceramic artist Armando de la Rocha and this year we are pleased to be presenting a unique tile of Saint Barbara he created to sell in our gift shop at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic […]

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

SBTHP’s Epic Olive Odyssey Part Two: The 2013 Harvest

SBTHP’s Epic Olive Odyssey Part Two: The 2013 Harvest

by Michael H. Imwalle On November 9th the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) hosted our 3rd Annual Volunteer Olive Picking Day at the Santa Inés Mission Mills property. More than twenty five SBTHP Board, staff, and volunteers picked over 600 pounds of olives for the 2013 crush! Volunteers picked five hundred pounds of Arbequina […]

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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