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History 101

Santa Barbara’s Adobe Construction History

How mud came to be the cornerstone of early construction in California. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Plaza de la Guerra: Santa Barbara’s Social Center

Home to City Hall, this plaza has been a focal point of the city's social life since the 1820s. Read story.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The St. Francis Dam Collapse of 1928

This disaster left more than 400 dead and some 1,400 structures destroyed. Read story.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Royalty Visits Santa Barbara

The first royal visit to Santa Barbara was in 1882. Read story.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Santa Barbara’s Bygone Beauty Contests for Gas Stations

Pearl Chase spearheaded countywide competitions to encourage the beautification of service stations. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Santa Barbara Girls School

A day and boarding school Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Fithian Family

The prominent South Coast family Built the Fithian Building Read story.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The History of Lake Cachuma

Cachuma was 20 years in the making. Read story.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The San Ysidro Ranch

The exclusive resort was originally a working ranch. Read story.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Howard School

One of the South Coast's oldest private schools. Read story.

Monday, September 11, 2017

History 101: First Congregational Church Turns 150 Years Old

A brief history from the first sermon in 1854 to the fourth church in 1937. Read story.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Santa Barbara's Channel City Club

A unique speaker's venue started by Louis Lancaster. Read story.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bertram Goodhue's Montecito Country Club

Also designed El Fureidis, Val Verde estates, and D.C.'s National Academy of Sciences building. Read story.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Craft of Stone Masonry in Santa Barbara

Churches, bridges, gates, and walls reveal the masons' skill. Read story.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

La Casa de Maria, an Island of Serenity

For Catholic couples at first, La Casa is now a retreat for all faiths. Read story.

Friday, June 2, 2017
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