Oxnard High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Saber Team with Education Director Melissa Chatfield. Photo courtesy of Melissa Chatfield.

Veterans Recognized at Annual Ceremony by SBTHP

By Susan Zamudio-Gurrola The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) continued its annual tradition of honoring our veterans and currently serving military members by hosting a ceremony including the Presidio’s own soldados and Oxnard High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Saber Team. Historian Rose Hayden-Smith provided the keynote address, speaking on the history of […]

Photo by Mike Perry.

Dia de los Muertos at Casa de la Guerra

On October 26, 2014 Casa de la Guerra was bedecked with colorful papel picado for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual Dia de los Muertos program, a free public event.  Guests enjoyed several craft demonstrations, vendors, and a bite of pan de muerto.  Ofrendas on the Casa veranda honored people close to SBTHP including Walter C. […]

Photo by Suzi Calderon Bellman

2014 Santa Barbara Presidio Descendants Barbecue

October 19th was a beautiful Fall day at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. By noon, the beckoning scent of the grill drew a steady stream of descendants from Presidio families who helped found Santa Barbara  in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.  The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation welcomed back many families we […]

Photo by Clint Weisman Studio.

Asian American Neighborhood Festival 2014. See the photos here!

The fifth annual Asian American Neighborhood festival on October 12, 2014  was, in keeping with tradition, a wonderful success. Amazing performances, enticing edibles and attractive vendor displays made for a fun afternoon for the hundreds of people in attendance at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.  This annual celebration commemorates the rich Asian […]

Making adobe bricks. Photo by Brittany Sundberg.

United Way Day of Caring Volunteers help out at El Presidio SHP!

On September 20, 2014 about thirty volunteers from all over Santa Barbara County donated half of their Saturday to the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation to help out with projects at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park.  The volunteers had previously registered for service through the United Way’s Day of Caring program, during […]

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 guest appearance 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 […]

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: Ensalada de Guacamole

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 […]

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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