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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 15, 2012

Sheila Lodge To Present at SB Genealogical Society Meeting

The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society holds its monthly general meeting on Saturday October 20th, at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.


Santa Barbara Genealogical Society

Special interest Groups meet at 9:30am for Beginning Genealogy, German Ancestry, Italian Ancestry and Computer Genealogy and 9:00am for JewishGen. Featured program starts at 10:30am.

This month’s meeting features Sheila Lodge presenting a talk on “Two Extraordinarily Distinctive and Different Women and Santa Barbara”. Those women are Huguette Clark, owner of the Clark Estate and Queen Elizabeth II, a visitor to Santa Barbara in 1983.

Huguette Clark, was an extremely private person. While she didn’t stay at her

23 acre, oceanfront estate off Cabrillo Boulevard after her mother died in 1963, she kept a very careful watch over it, often talking to staff several times a day. When she died at almost 105 in 2011, she left two wills signed six weeks apart. Ms. Lodge will talk about those wills and what they mean to Santa Barbara.

The Queen of England’s stormy day visit in March, 1983 to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, which created quite a stir in Santa Barbara, is the second topic for Ms. Lodge. Hundreds of people turned out to see the Queen. Ms. Lodge will discuss what went on in preparing for the visit of this very public person.

Sheila Lodge served on the Santa Barbara City Council starting in 1975 and was elected Mayor of Santa Barbara from 1981-1993 serving three terms. She has been a resident of Santa Barbara for the last 60 years and has been active with the Santa Barbara City Planning Commission, as well as a past member and board member of numerous important local organizations such as Planned Parenthood, League of Women Voters, Citizens Planning Association and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She attended Stanford and San Jose State and completed her degree in English with Honors from UCSB in 1961, continuing postgraduate work there in Urban Affairs. Her late husband, Joseph Lodge, was a Santa Barbara Superior Court judge.

Special interest Groups meet at 9:30am for Beginning Genealogy, German Ancestry, Italian Ancestry and Computer Genealogy and 9:00am for JewishGen. Meeting and featured program starts at 10:30am.

Come join us. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this wonderful presentation.

A calendar of genealogical events can be found at the Society web site click here.

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