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 have come to know, and we met a few new ones too, who we hope to see again next year.
Many thanks go to the members of SBTHP’s Genealogy and Descendants Committee and staff for planning and assisting with the barbecue, including Debby Aceves, Suzi Calderon Bellman, Jeannie Davis, Mary Louise Days, Mike Hardwick, Grill Master Mike Imwalle and Anne Petersen. Thanks also to Luis Moreno and Elizabeth Hvolboll for the wonderful music, Father Larry Gosselin, O.F.M. from Mission Santa Barbara, for the blessing, and SBTHP Executive Director Jarrell Jackman for his thoughtful remarks.
For more photos form the event visit our Flickr album here. Feel free to share the images and tag yourself if you were present! We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s barbecue, and hopefully earlier– we have some exciting programs planned!