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 and adobe construction, students Dylan Ell and Musa Hakim helped Associate Director for Business Affairs Sally Fouhse with filing and sorting records in storage.
Meanwhile both teachers and students Sydney Luca-Lion, Charlotte Monke, Christian Burke, Chris Ba, Jacob Farner, Nick Thomas, and Robert Zhu went to the Presidio Northwest Corner to meet with Maintenance Supervisor Eduardo Garcia. After a brief safety meeting Eduardo gave them an introduction to “Whitewashing 101.” By the end of the day the teachers and students finished whitewashing the north and west sides of the reconstructed Northwest Corner buildings and the north side of the outer defense wall at the Presidio Northeast Corner along the pedestrian entrance to the Alhecama Complex from Santa Barbara Street.
Thanks for your hard work and we look forward to working with you again next year!
Michael Imwalle is the archaeologist at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.