Tag archives: Sharon Bradford

The Mystery of Lobero’s Eagle
By Hercule Beresford   |   January 31, 2023

by Hercule Beresford Italian-born Giuseppe (José) Lobero loved his adopted country so much that he opened his opera house, the first theater in Santa Barbara, on February 22, George Washington’s birthday. With such deep patriotic sentiment, it seems likely that it was he who hung a symbol of our nation above the proscenium arch of […]

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 […]

Helping the Historical Museum Keep its Cool
By Richard Mineards   |   July 25, 2019

A record 305 guests at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum for La Fiesta del Museo got a warm reception, but maybe too warm. President Bill Reynolds says the museum’s current central conditioning system, installed in the 1990s, does not cool the air sufficiently and is “inadequate” for the institution’s needs in keeping innumerable historical artifacts, […]

The West Dressed Woman
By Lynda Millner   |   November 15, 2018

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) opened up a delightful exhibit of the fashionistas of the Old West and what they wore. There was the gamut from prairie dresses perfect for a crossing to California in a covered wagon to what the senoritas in Santa Barbara wore for a wedding in the days of the […]

All Dressed up
By Richard Mineards   |   October 25, 2018

Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s Costume Council has opened its new exhibition, The West-Dressed Woman, featuring 11 outfits from pioneer days to the 1960s, including a colorful kimono made for the late copper heiress Huguette Clark. Other restored exhibits include an ornate bodice owned by community activist Pearl Chase and a gown worn by opera singer […]

Brittner-sweet Memories
By Richard Mineards   |   March 29, 2018

Santa Barbara Historical Museum was socially gridlocked for the farewell bash of executive director Lynn Brittner who is leaving after four years to take a similar position with the Indian Pueblo Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “I have made many friends here and we have made many advances in my time here,” says Lynn, who […]