Tag archives: Historical Museum

The Fashion of the Evening
By Richard Mineards   |   December 19, 2023

Santa Barbara Historical Museum went to gown with its latest exhibition Seasonal Soirées: Evening Couture 1880-1980 curated by former museum president Sharon Bradford, whose previous show was The West-Dressed Woman featuring frontier wear during the 19th and 20th centuries from the museum’s vaults. Santa Barbara even launched the career of Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo – […]

Snapshots of Fiestas Past
By Richard Mineards   |   July 18, 2023

Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s latest exhibition, Project Fiesta, marking the 99th anniversary of Old Spanish Days, was a Herculean task. Museum president Dacia Harwood and her colleagues had to sort through thousands of photos in the institution’s Gledhill Library to pick just 99 shots, mostly black and white, taken since Fiesta was founded in 1924. […]

SB Historical Society New Exhibition and Holiday Soirée
By Joanne A Calitri   |   December 20, 2022

A pertinent historical and classical portrait exhibition is on view at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum titled, “Clarence Mattei (1883-1945), Portrait of a Community,” curated by the museum staff in conjunction with Santa Barbara historian Erin Graffy. Mattei’s portraits feature local to international luminaries, politicians, film stars, and the elite. His father Felix founded Mattei’s […]

Mattei’s Exhibit
By Richard Mineards   |   December 20, 2022

It was a double header at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum when the august institution hosted its annual holiday party for 275 guests, as well as opening its latest exhibition, “Clarence Mattei – A Portrait of Our Community.” Mattei, whose parents owned the eponymous Mattei’s Tavern, was sponsored to attend the prestigious Mark Hopkins Art […]

An Evening of Cuisine at the Historical Museum
By Richard Mineards   |   August 30, 2022

Dietary concerns went out the window when the Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the venue for a 14-course dinner for 40 guests as part of a gastronomic evening of Spanish cuisine hosted by the Consul of Tourism Affairs in Los Angeles, local California missions honcho David Bolton, and Gonzalo Sarmiento. Two of Madrid’s top chefs, […]

Montecito Bank & Trust
By Lynda Millner   |   August 16, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the venue for another Fiesta party. This time a kickoff for the Montecito Bank & Trust and their loyal customers. They had outgrown their own bank as a party place. I always liked going up to the teller window and withdrawing a margarita instead of dollars. Their motto is […]

La Fiesta Del Museo
By Lynda Millner   |   August 16, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum became a page out of a book about Sevilla with their La Fiesta del Museo Old Spanish Days party in the courtyard. We celebrated the culture, the dance, and the cuisine of one of my favorite places on Earth. My family was lucky enough to live there for seven years. […]

A Historical Fiesta Fête
By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

Fiesta fever was palpable when the Santa Barbara Historical Museum hosted its La Fiesta del Museo, chaired by Sharon Bradford, for the first time in two years with 300 traditionally garbed guests helping raise 10% of the popular institution’s annual budget. A colorful variety of musical acts kept the fiesta fans entertained including Juan Zaragoza […]

Hike Through History
By Richard Mineards   |   June 7, 2022

A new exhibit at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum celebrates the region’s hiking trails and public lands through historic photographs, paintings, and historic items from the museum’s collections. Take a Hike, Save the World is a visual journey through our Eden by the Beach’s most scenic areas, as seen by artists and photographers beginning in […]

Empowering the Dream
By Richard Mineards   |   May 24, 2022

After a two-year absence given the pandemic, the Dream Foundation hosted its 11th annual Flower Empower lunch at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, with a record 239 guests raising more than $140,000 for the popular organization that fulfills the final wishes of terminally-ill adults. “It’s so nice to be together again with real people and […]

Honoring Hope
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2022

Munificence reigned supreme when the Santa Barbara Education Foundation held its annual Hope Awards at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum honoring Montecito uber philanthropist Sara Miller McCune and Frank Stevens, who has been involved with the organization for its entire 37-year history. Tributes were paid to the dynamic duo by Barbara Keyani, former executive director […]

Local Light at the Museum
By Lynda Millner   |   April 26, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) is having a plethora of exhibits. They recently had an evening with curator Jeremy Tessmer (from Sullivan Goss gallery), who took a personal look at one of Santa Barbara’s most acclaimed artists, Lockwood de Forest. The Museum was lucky enough to have a grand collection of his works given […]

Eleanor van Cott Remembered
By Richard Mineards   |   April 19, 2022

On a personal note, I remember Eleanor Van Cott, a longtime trustee and former president of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, who has just moved to more heavenly pastures at the age of 99.  A native of New York, Eleanor, best known for efforts to make our town’s University Club inclusive of women, worked for […]

Portrait of the Artist
By Lynda Millner   |   April 12, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) has been a busy place lately with not one but two exhibits. One is copper heiress Huguette Clark’s work, not shown for 80 years and the other is Lockwood de Forest. Huguette’s collection is on view in collaboration with the Bellosguardo Foundation. There’s even a recently discovered personal photo […]

A Festive Thank You
By Lynda Millner   |   January 11, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) held a member appreciation soiree over the holidays. The courtyard looked so festive with all the tables decked out in sparkly gold tablecloths. The tapa table people were busy making tacos and pizza and we were busy eating them. There was a band playing and no COVID worries since […]

Etched in History
By Richard Mineards   |   November 2, 2021

Social gridlock reigned at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum when it launched its latest publication, the 320-page book Edward Borein: Etched by the West written by Byron Price, a West Point graduate and former director of the Cowboy Hall of Fame, to which Borein was posthumously inducted in 1971. The book, handsomely illustrated with 400 […]

Borein and His Circle of Friends
By Hattie Beresford   |   October 19, 2021

A congenial and festive crowd gathered in the lovely courtyard of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum to celebrate the opening of guest curator Marlene Miller’s exhibit, Borein and His Circle of Friends on Thursday, September 22. The balmy warmth of the evening was matched by the warmth of the response to the exhibit and the […]

Borein and His Circle of Friends
By Lynda Millner   |   October 12, 2021

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) is a happening place these days with all sorts of events going on. Remember admission is free if you want to come and check it out instead of coming to a special gathering. There is a new exhibition, “Borein and His Circle of Friends,” curated by Marlene R. Miller, […]

History Made
By Richard Mineards   |   October 5, 2021

Social gridlock reigned at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum when it opened its latest exhibition “Borein and His Circle of Friends,” which runs through January 22. More than 50 works by Borein, who died in our Eden by the Beach in 1945, are on display over three galleries, including 25 watercolors loaned anonymously by a […]

Fiesta del Museo
By Hattie Beresford   |   August 6, 2020

Though the beautiful and elegant Fiesta del Museo is cancelled this year, Project Fiesta: A History of Old Spanish Days is not. And what better place to see the latest exhibition than outdoors in the spacious and beautiful courtyard of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, where fresh air and social distancing create an idyllic environment? […]