SBTHP Joins Museums for All in a County-wide Initiative

By Anne Petersen

The Museums for All program launched in 2014 as an equity initiative to serve a broad public. Co-hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), the program requires that participating museums offer free or low-cost admission to visitors who present their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. In California this program is called CalFresh. By removing cost as a barrier to entry, Museums for All intends to encourage more widespread museum attendance and help support the next generation of museumgoers by fostering a culture of welcome and accessibility.

 The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation became aware of this program a couple of years ago and had participation in mind when creating our 2020-2022 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan. While our participation is meaningful on its own, the impact county-wide would be difficult to measure. During the pandemic and related shutdowns and museum closures, the Santa Barbara County Museum Director’s group began meeting frequently online and offering mutual support. I coordinated a presentation about Museums for All earlier this year, and the group embraced the concept and agreed they wanted to create a county-wide initiative for participation.

Museums for All recognizes any city with three or more participants in the program as a “Hub City.”  While we hoped to be recognized as a “Hub County,” reflecting our cooperation county-wide, Museums for All does not yet have that designation. Regardless, we have made astounding progress in a short amount of time and are promoting our county-wide efforts as a collective. We currently count eighteen participating Santa Barbara County museums! Museums for All has reported on Santa Barbara’s rapid registration rate in their newsletter and let us know that of the Hub Cities in their program, only the City of Chicago has more participating institutions!

Visitor Center at El Presidio se Santa Barbara State Historic Park.

At SBTHP, The Museums for All program is available to visitors to El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, which is open now, and later this year when it reopens, Casa de la Guerra. Visitors who show their SNAP EBT or CalFresh cards will receive free admission.

We look forward to continuing work with our colleagues to promote Museums for All and encourage participation and access to museums for everyone.

One thought on “SBTHP Joins Museums for All in a County-wide Initiative”

  1. Hello, in the past I had Amy family chart in display along with my other cousins who had theirs as well. Robert E Smith, a 5th great grandson of Commander Lieutenant Jose Francisco de Ortega and Dona Maria Antonia Victoria Carrillo. To their son, Sergeant Jose Maria de Ortega and Dona Maria Lidia Lopez. To my mother Rosamond Essa Giffin ;born in 1928, in Santa Barbara and died in San Pedro, in 2008.
    With one obituary and some help by Margarita Delbrook Villa and Robert Earl Lopez if the former los Pobladores 200. I stopped at 386 AD in Europe. Yesterday, at the LDS Center in Santa Monica, I looked up my Pegue Stewart’s Common law bun and who had abandoned her and their daughter and he claimed too be single in Mexico City about 1814. Captain George Washington Eayres of the Mercury. His lines trace back to Lexington, Massachusetts and to Great Britain and Scotland.

    Anyway, on my next visit from San Pedro, I plan on bringing another chart, a dvd with my family history and a hard copy of my families histories to Santa Barbara. In the future, I’d like to donate some of the historical books and photos to the history center in Santa Barbara.

    Past President of the Los Pobladores 200 (1987-2000). Vice President in 1987, Editor, Historian and Photographer.

    Robert E Smith (424) 339-7007

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