The Pearl Chase Society Kellam de Forest Speaker Series: Rick Closson

Contact Details:

Phone: 805-403-7053.

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**Events may have been canceled or postponed. Please contact the venue to confirm the event.

Date & Time

Fri, Apr 14 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Address (map)

100 East Carrillo Street,

Venue (website)

Carrillo Recreation Center

The Pearl Chase Society announces the Kellam de Forest Speaker Series in honor of the legacy of our illustrious founding member who did so much to further the cause of historic preservation and community action in Santa Barbara. 

After his passing, the Society received many generous donations in his name. After careful consideration, the Board decided the creation of an ongoing series would provide the community with great educational and inspirational benefit—something Kellam would have embraced with his characteristic enthusiasm.

The free series is scheduled for the second Friday of each month at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 East Carrillo Street, 6 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterward.

To reserve a seat, please call 805-403-7053. Seating is limited. 

Kicking off the series on April 14 will be Rick Closson with a presentation about the life and times of Kellam de Forest, whose accomplishments in the film industry in Hollywood are largely unknown in his own hometown.

On May 12, Cheri Rae will present a view of the historical importance of the Recreation Center, and the social work done there by Pearl Chase, Margaret Baylor, and other women who held community values Kellam supported in his preservation work. 

On June 9, Douglas Woods, author of California Casa, a beautifully photographed volume, will speak on Spanish Colonial Revival style, Kellam’s favorite. Mr. Woods’ new book focuses on examples of the style centered in Santa Barbara.

“We will present speakers who will address topics close to Kellam’s heart, causes he would have supported, the history of Santa Barbara, and the individuals who established Santa Barbara as a uniquely beautiful and culturally rich community,” said Cheri Rae, Pearl Chase Society Board Member. 



The Pearl Chase Society is an all volunteer, not-for-profit conservancy dedicated to preserving Santa Barbara’s historic architecture, landscapes and cultural heritage. Established in 1995, the Pearl Chase Society continues to advance and enlarge upon the founding vision of Pearl Chase. The Society is a citizen based conservancy that fills a crucial need today in preserving and enhancing the cultural and architectural heritage of Santa Barbara county. It engages in charitable and educational activities to promote and preserve Santa Barbara’s historic sites of rare value and continuing community interest.

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