Ray Strong: Views of Santa Barbara County

June 4 - August 31

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Holiday Party

In a community-wide celebration, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum will explore the work of artist Ray Strong (1905-2006). As a founding member of the Oak Group, Strong influenced an entire generation of landscape painters in Santa Barbara County.

Exhibition sponsored by Marlene & Warren Miller, John C. Woodward, Dorothy & Ashleigh Brilliant and Louise Clark & John Carbon


July 18 - October 11

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Project Fiedsta

Experience the pageantry and fashion of Old Spanish Days, Santa Barbara's most cherished cultural festival for over 90 years.

Featuring vintage posters, restored costumes, artifacts and historical photos that connects our community and celebrates our traditions.

Special Thanks to Old Spanish Days.

Members Annual Meeting/First Thursday

September 3, 4:30 pm

Learn more about the Museum and celebrate our great year!

Screening: Don Nicolás Den, Irish Pioneer to Santa Barbara

September 16, 11:00 am

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Don Nicolas Den

Join filmaker Michael Love for a screening of his film based on Walker Tompkins' book Santa Barbara's Royal Rancho, which tells the story of Irish immigrant Nicholas Den and his beloved Dos Pueblos Ranch.


Alexander Harmer Exhibit Opening (& First Thursday) ~ November 5

Santa Barbara Historical Museum ALEXANDER F. HARMER

Remembered as the first artist to open a studio in Santa Barbara and for his series of paintings of the California missions under Mexican rule.

Alexander Harmer's adobe on De La Guerra Plaza became a local gathering place for many of California premier artists.

Guest curator, Marlene R. Miller

SPANISH COLONIAL STYLE: Santa Barbara and The Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig

Run Dates: October 22, 2015 - January 17, 2016

Santa Barbara Historical El Paseo

This retrospective exhibition, the first in ninety years, celebrates the publication of a monograph on the work of two seminal Santa Barbara architects. Osborne Craig is widely credited with establishing the Spanish Colonial style in Santa Barbara. He left two buildings of such potency - even precocity, given his age -completed posthumously, that one suspects he would have given George Washington Smith ample competition if not for his premature death at the age of thirty-three. One was Casa Santa Cruz, the house for Irene and Bernhard Hoffmann. The other was El Paseo, which set the standard for Santa Barbara's architectural rebirth in the twenties and continues to be a reference today. His wife Mary McLaughlin Craig, indelibly linked with the houses of Plaza Rubio, followed in his footsteps and established her own identity as an architectural designer for thirty-six years.

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, written by the Craigs' granddaughter Pamela Skewes-Cox and architectural historian Robert Sweeney, will be published by Rizzoli, in conjunction with the Museum in October 2015. The exquisite book includes a stunning collection of contemporary photos by Matt Walla. Pre-orders of the book, Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, are available for $40 from the Santa Barbara Historical Museum Store by contacting  « Visitor Services » or (805) 966-1601. Shipping is available.

Exhibition sponsored by Tanny Keeler & Kent Hodgetts, Lincoln F. Anderson, John C. Woodward, and Janet & John McCann.

Opening Reception October 22nd, 5:30 PM
Experience the exhibition premiere with a cocktail reception, comments by noted architect and author Marc Appleton, and book signing by the authors. Reservation required.


October 23rd at 11 AM

Pamela Skewes-Cox, co-author of Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, will give a presentation about the book and the lives of her grandparents. Reservation required.

First Thursday

November 5, 5-8 PM

Join us to view the exhibition after-hours during Downtown Santa Barbara's art walk. Wine, music and family-friendly activities.

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 »