Stars, Snapshots and Chanel

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

Thursday, January 28 - Friday, June 17, 2016

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.

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