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 […]
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 […]
- Tile Production at the Santa Barbara Presidio: Part 3, Kilns and Firing
- Tile Production at the Santa Barbara Presidio: Part 2, Forming Roof and Floor Tiles
- Tile Production at the Santa Barbara Presidio: Part 1, Mining and Processing Raw Clay
- Recent Research Leads to Re-analysis of Rare Religious Medal
- What’s Beneath our Feet! Using Geophysical Survey Techniques as an Archaeological Tool
by Anne Petersen In 2013, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary and we want you to be a part of it! We have several wonderful and creative ways for you to join in our year-long celebration, from drawing mental maps of the Presidio Neighborhood, to sending in photographs […]
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 […]
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 […]
- Santa Barbarans visit “Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions” exhibit
- New photos from Presidio Pastimes: The Santa Barbara Presidio’s Asian American Neighborhood!
- A Recent Lecture by a Spanish Scholar Leads to New Relationships
- Historian Amy Greenberg Packs the Presidio Chapel!
- It’s All Fun and Games at the Presidio!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
- Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Scans the Santa Inés Mission Mills in 3-D!
- Pearl Pays for Painting the Pico!
- SBTHP and Getty Conservation Institute Continue Information Exchange
- Cate School Volunteers Touch Up Presidio’s Northeast Corner
- Adobe Brick Making at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Michael Imwalle I was fortunate to meet Jeannie Davis in 2007 at a Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Descendant’s and Genealogy Committee meeting, where she graciously volunteered to make a plaque to honor the seventy-seven burials laid to rest the Presidio cemetery. In April 2013 she took on the challenge of replicating a […]
By Michael H. Imwalle On Wednesday January 29th, 2014 Cate School teachers Frank Griffin and Mamadou Pouye arrived at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara SHP with nine students to volunteer for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. After a brief tour of the Presidio Northeast Corner and introduction into the history of the Presidio […]
We held our Annual Meeting of the membership and community awards ceremony on January 18th in the Chapel at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. What a lovely winter day in Santa Barbara. It was the perfect opportunity to reflect back on our 50th Anniversary year, and give special recognition to members of […]
by Stephanie Byrd One of the great things about Santa Barbara is the sheer amount of fantastic restaurants available for both tourists and residents to try out, but you don’t have to look far for some local favorites. Right here in the Presidio neighborhood, we have Three Pickles and La Playa Azul Café, both of […]
by Anne Petersen On December 8, 2013 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation welcomed nearly one hundred descendants of Santa Barbara Presidio Soldiers and their families to El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. We treated guests to a full tri-tip barbecue, ably prepared by staff archaeologist Michael Imwalle with help from Terri […]
On November 15, 2013 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation hosted a reception for Prince of Asutrias, Prince Felipe during his recent visit to the United States. The Prince had visited El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park in 1995, and during that visit Los Soldados made him an honorary Comandante. Following introductory […]
by Brittany Avila Amidst many events this year for our 50th Anniversary, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation was pleased to honor our veterans with an annual Veterans Day Ceremony on 11/11/13 at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. The ceremony included many veterans who were willing to share their stories, and […]
Earlier this summer the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation’s Executive Committee approved a proposal to make improvements to the Casa de la Guerra courtyard including pruning the Coast Live Oak and Mission Olive trees, and stabilizing the courtyard surface to reduce dust and increase durability to make the venue more event-friendly. At the end […]
by Christa Clark Jones The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation quietly invited friends and neighbors to El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park to observe a moment of silence on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Aptly an overcast day in an otherwise sunny summer week, staff raised flags early in the morning to honor this […]