History 101

Kimberly Avenue

The street was named for a family whose involvement in the history of Santa Barbara dates back to the 1850s. Read story.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What Did the Early Spanish Settlers Eat?

The South Coast yielded a variety of edible plants and wild game. Read story.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Nojoqui Falls

Pronounced “Naw-ho-wee,” the 164-foot falls, due to the vagaries of geography, is in one of the rainiest parts of the county. Read story.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Old Ironsides

During the War of 1812, the Constitution met and defeated a larger British frigate, doing much to boost morale in the States. Read story.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Guppy

In the mid 1960s, Santa Barbara Airport became home to the Guppy, one of the largest airplanes in the world. Read story.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Charles Preisker

For 27 years this controversial potentate of county politics confronted in an untiring effort to ensure that local government operated in accordance with his vision. Read story.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Abalone Fishing

By the turn of the century, Santa Barbara was home to one of California’s most successful fishing enterprises. Read story.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cota-Knox Building

The modest appearance of the Cota-Knox Building belies its rich linage. Read story.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Little Town Club

This exclusive private club has served as a meeting place for “women with similar tastes and backgrounds” since its founding in 1914. Read story.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mission Music

Music played an important role in the relationship between the Chumash and the Franciscan missionaries of the South Coast. Read story.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ednah Rich Morse

Under her direction, the Santa Barbara State Normal School of Manual Arts and Home Economics thrived. Read story.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Seaside Oil Company

Sponsorship of the Fiesta posters was just one of several marketing innovations that made Seaside Oil one of the most creative companies in the business. Read story.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Carrillo Family

The Carrillos played a major role both in Santa Barbara’s history and in that of California. Read story.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Alfred Robinson

One of the most prominent Americans to call Santa Barbara home during the era of Mexican rule in Alta California was Alfred Robinson. Read story.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pioneer Past

What is the story behind the Daniel Hill adobe in Goleta? Read story.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Phoenix Reading

Celebratory reading for the annual Phoenix, a literary journal published ... Read More