Holiday First Thursday - Vintage Toys & Trains

Thursday, December 4 from 5:00-8:00 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum model train

Join us for holiday music and wine as you enjoy an enchanting model train display depicting Santa Barbara's downtown (1920-1940), courtesy of Ken Kelley.

Browse Pacific Coast Rail Road artwork along with our latest exhibition dedicated to architect Lutah Maria Riggs.

Georgia's Smokehouse will be onsite serving their delicious BBQ from 5:30 until 7pm.

Always family-friendly we welcome all ages to "Polar Express" themed activities (story-time, crafts & hot chocolate).

Holiday Cocktail Party

Sunday, December 7, 5-8pm
$50 for members/ $65 Members' Guests. Reservation required.

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Holiday Party

Mingle under the Museum mistletoe as we toast the start of the holiday season... Delight in a display of vintage toys and trains as you enjoy appetizers, wine and cocktails along with entertainment by pianist Konrad Kono.

Guests will also enjoy a boutique silent auction of unique experiences and opportunity to view the current exhibition, Under The Umbrella - Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style.

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Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1914 - Tales of Everyday Life in Santa Barbara 100 Years Ago

Wednesday, December 10 at 11am
Free for members/ $10 Guests

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

What was it like to live in Santa Barbara in 1914? What did people wear? What did they eat? What did they do for fun? Author Betsy J. Green's will introduce her latest book which tells it like it was, along with a healthy dollop of humor. Betsy has compiled her writings of Way Back When on, along with interesting comments from readers, into the first of her series of books on Santa Barbara history - one year at a time.

1914 was the year of: the tango, the 500-year flood, "tidal waves," stunt pilots, Buffalo Bill, Pancho Villa, Sex at the Arlington Hotel, knee-length bathing suits, the war in Europe, an X-rated movie, Peter-the-movie-dog, glowing fish, Mule Man, Rattlesnake Jim, Flying "A" films, Martha Graham, German warships, Charlie Chaplin, the Rose Parade, and much more.

About the Speaker:
Betsy J. Green has been writing and speaking about local history for more than 25 years. Along with her history column Way Back When she writes and another history column for The Mesa Paper and is the author of Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood.

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