History 101

Henry Smith Pritchett

After moving to Santa Barbara in 1915, Pritchett undoubtedly used his influence to bring Carnegie monies to start the Community Arts Association. Read story.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Rochin Adobe

The home, built around 1856, has passed through many generations. Read story.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bomb Shelters

The Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation — in particular, targeting Vandenberg AFB — caused many in Santa Barbara to build fallout shelters. Read story.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Plaza Rubio

An example of early urban planning, designed by Mary Craig, the street was named after a prominent Franciscan. Read story.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

James W. Calkins House

The look of the original building was, apparently, a matter of taste. Read story.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Early Days of Family Service Agency

Originally called Associated Charities, food, clothing, wood for heat, and education were part of its mission. Read story.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Glen Annie Road

Named for Hannah Annie James Hollister, the ranch there holds a longtime mystery. Read story.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bernhard Hoffmann

Upon his arrival in Santa Barbara in 1919, Hoffmann embarked upon a decade of civic involvement that would go far in transforming Santa Barbara’s urban landscape. Read story.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mary Miles Minter

In 1916, at the age of 14, the silent film actress was Flying A Studio's brightest star.  Read story.

Monday, December 30, 2013


More than 1,000 people celebrated the May 1928 opening of the Woman’s Club new home. Read story.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Justinian Caire

As owner of Santa Cruz Island, Caire started a vineyard and grew agriculture. Read story.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

1907 Train Wreck

Comparatively unknown is this story of S.B. County’s worst disaster in terms of lives lost. Read story.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Las Cruces Adobe

Miguel Cordero applied for a land grant and was given 8,152 acres at Las Cruces in 1837. Read story.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Artist Fernand Lungren

After moving to S.B. in 1907, the painter became a leader of the area art colony. Read story.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Whittaker Adobe

Elmer Whittaker was an important figure in the historic preservationist movement in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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