Gabe Smith inspecting the Presidio heritage grapes. Photo by Michael Imwalle.

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 […]

Brittany Avila and Mika Thornburg interpreting the cocina at February’s First Thursday. Photo by Fritz Ollenberger.

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 […]

Cate School volunteers at El Presidio de Santa Barbara SHP. Photo by Michael Imwalle.

Cate School Volunteer Day, January 29, 2014

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 […]

SBTHP Annual Meeting January 18 2014, by Clint Weisman Studio.

SBTHP’s Annual Meeting: January 18, 2014

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 […]

Saint Barbara tile by Armando de la Rocha. Photo courtesy of Armando de la Rocha.

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 […]

Reception for Prince of Asutrias Prince Felipe November 15, 2013 by Clint Weisman Studio (65)

SBTHP Hosts a Reception for the Prince of Asturias, Prince Felipe

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 […]

Participants stand a attention before the flag. Photo by Michael H. Imwalle

Veterans Day 2013

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 […]

Photo by Brittany Avila.

Santa Barbarans visit “Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions” exhibit

by Anne Petersen On October 22, a bus full of Santa Barabarans headed down to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens to see a very special show, Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions. The exhibit, co-curated by Professors Steven Hackel and Catherine Gudis from UC Riverside, is a blockbuster, and includes over […]

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Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Scans the Santa Inés Mission Mills in 3-D!

by Michael H. Imwalle I first began working with Ronald “Chip” Fenenga and students from the Environmental and Spatial Technologies at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in the spring of 2003 during a project to record the Mission Santa Inés Water System. The EAST initiative provides technology training to students through student-driven service projects, […]

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: Buñuelos

Cooking with a Pinch of History: Buñuelos

by Brittany Avila Winter has arrived (or sort of, in Santa Barbara) and for everyone enjoying hot cocoa to warm up their post-holiday spirits, I’ve created a complementary treat that is sure to leave your stomach happy! Buñuelos are a traditional Spanish and Mexican dessert cooked around Christmas time and often paired with atole, a […]

Education Programs

New photos from Presidio Pastimes: The Santa Barbara Presidio’s Asian American Neighborhood!

New photos from Presidio Pastimes: The Santa Barbara Presidio’s Asian American Neighborhood!

We held a wonderful living history and cultural festival at El Presidio de Santa Barbara SHP  on October 12, 2013 honoring the rich Asian American history of the Santa Barbara Presidio neighborhood.   The photos by Clint Weisman Studio went live on our Flickr page today.  Click here to see them all.  What a stunning […]

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

Introducing Neeva and Pica, our New Presidio Heritage Garden Interns!

Introducing Neeva and Pica, our New Presidio Heritage Garden Interns!

We are the new Presidio Heritage Garden interns at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, Neeva and Pica. We come from Anacapa School every Monday and Wednesday afternoon to work with Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Archaeologist Michael Imwalle on taking care of the gardens. We started our internship in September. On […]

Preservation Projects

Pearl Pays for Painting the Pico!

Pearl Pays for Painting the Pico!

by Mike Imwalle Sorry, I could not resist an alliteration like that. Thanks to a generous grant of $2,000.00 from the Pearl Chase Society, the recently re-roofed Pico Adobe was given another lift last week when it was painted by Channel Coast Corporation (CCC). Thanks in part to a generous grant of $5,000.00 from the […]

Research Center

Who uses the Presidio Research Center?

Who uses the Presidio Research Center?

Today we are pleased to share a post by one of our patrons at the Presidio Research Center.  SBTHP Thanks you, Tom, for sharing your perspective on why small archives and libraries like ours are a valuable resource for scholars! by Thomas E. Tolley The Research Center at the Santa Barbara Presidio is  a remarkable […]

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 […]

Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library

Helping to tell the stories of early California

CalPark Voices

Stories from California’s State Parks

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