Stars, Snapshots and Chanel

Santa Barbara's social scene in the 70s & 80s by columnist Beverley Jackson

Opening Night Thursday, January 28, 5:30 pm

1970s and 1980s attire encouraged. ~ Free entry. RSVP required

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Beverly Jckson

Experience the 1970s and 1980s social scene on America's Riviera through high fashion and photographs by Beverley Jackson.

As the News-Press social columnist, Jackson made the rounds of Santa Barbara's most glittering events beginning in 1968. A talented photographer, she preserved our community's social whirl through her column "By The Way," which documented philanthropy- a driving force in our city. Her stories of celebrities, royalty, authors, artists and local personalities, as they came together to celebrate Santa Barbara, remind us that our city is a legend unto itself.

Erin Graffy de Garcia, Guest Curator
Missy DeYoung, Fundraising Committee Chair


Hidden Treasures

Staff Favorites From The Collection ~ Open now through October 16, 2016.

Exhibition Celebration Thursday, April 5:30 pm RSVP

Santa Barbara Historical Hidden treasures

What do a lamp made out of seashells, a delicate hand-painted fan, a rifle from the 1850s, and a leather guitar case signed by Walt Disney have in common? These are just a few of the Museum's "hidden treasures" that have captivated our staff.

We invite you to experience some of our favorite pieces acquired since our founding in 1932. Our Museum is the foremost repository for Santa Barbara history and houses over 80,000 artifacts showcasing over 500 years of South Coast history, from the days of the Chumash into the 21st century. The exhibition demonstrates both the variety of our collection and the history of our community's generosity. And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Exhibition sponsored by Eleanor Van Cott.

Exhibition Celebration
Thursday, April 5:30 pm

Disco Fever ~ A 1st Thursday After-Hours

Thursday, May 5 ~ 7:30-9:30

Santa Barbara Historical Hidden treasures

Disco Party with DJ Darla Bea! Join the Museum for 'Cinco de Mayo margaritas' to celebrate our exhibition "Stars, Snapshots & Chanel" which documents the Santa Barbara social scene of the 1970s with fashion and celebrity photos by Beverley Jackson.

Free entry. No host bar. 1970s attire encouraged. All ages welcome.

May History Hiking Series

Mission to Mission Hiking For Modern Day History Buffs ~ by Curt Cragg

Thursday, May 19 ~ 5:30 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Hidden treasures

Learn about the route of this historic pilgrimage since its early inception by the Spanish explorers and missionaries. Speakers will include hiking and history aficionado Curt Cragg; Bob Brunson, a Third Order Franciscan; and guidebook authors Ron "Butch" Briery and Jim Lutz discussing their journeys hiking the 21 California missions from San Diego to Sonoma.

The Automobile Club of Southern California romanticized the mission route in the early 1900's as a way to encourage auto travel along coastal California. In 2011, after hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Ron Briery conceived the idea of walking all 21 missions and publishing a guidebook. Since then, interest in the walking route has grown and numerous people have made all or part of this fascinating journey of over 800 miles.

Co-hosted by Santa Barbara Trails Council

SBHM Members and SB Trails Council Members $20/ Guests $25

Reservation link: « CLICK HERE »

Hike With a Historian at Rattlesnake Canyon ~ By Hattie Beresford

Saturday, May 21 ~ 9:00 am -11:30 am

Santa Barbara Historical Hidden treasures

Visit the ruins of the dam built for the Santa Barbara Mission along Rattlesnake Creek, hear stories of early homesteaders and visitors, and view dozens of historic photographs that include Tin Can Shack, the Chamber of Commerce Trail, and La Cumbre Peak.

Join us for this 3.5-mile round trip on well-marked trails, total time approximately 2.5 hours, with a 1000-foot elevation gain.

Reservation required.

Members $15/ Guests $20

Reservation link: « CLICK HERE »

Upper Eastside History Walk ~ With Thad MacMillan

Sunday, May 22 ~ 10 am or Saturday, May 28 ~ 10 am

Santa Barbara Historical Hidden treasures

Take an urban hike through history with a tour of our city's Upper Eastside. Thad MacMillan will share his knowledge of the area's notable residents and their beautifully crafted homes built around the turn of the 20th century.

Reservation required.

Members $15/ Guests $20

Reservation link: « CLICK HERE »

Reservations are required for all lectures held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For more information on how you can sponsor an upcoming program, lecture or exhibition contact  « MEMBERSHIP »