Neighborly Discussions

By James Buckley   |   September 19, 2019
Author, speaker, historian Erin Graffy, with just one of the many of her award-winning books on local lore

The first of Erin Graffy‘s almost always informative and often amusing talks, this time covering (and uncovering) the history of four different Santa Barbara neighborhoods has already taken place, but there are three more and they’re all worth attending.

The neighborhoods are Samarkand, Hope Ranch, Montecito, and Hidden Valley, and Erin says her four-part series will be “a fun romp through 19th and 20th century Santa Barbara.” Her discussions include a Samarkand-FDR connection, the story behind Veronica Springs Bottling Company, and a possible volcano in Hope Ranch, among other oddities and mysteries.

These talks take place every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 pm at Schott Campus Auditorium, 310 West Padre Street.

Price is $48
 and you can call (805-687-0812) or register online at You can also visit the campus main office for tickets and more info.


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