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Founded in 1963 by Dr. Pearl Chase and other community leaders, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) works to preserve, restore, reconstruct and interpret historic sites in Santa Barbara County. SBTHP operates El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, Santa Barbara’s 18th century birthplace, under a unique agreement with California State Parks. Recently purchased, the neighboring building that housed Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens provides an opportunity to interpret the history of Santa Barbara’s Asian American community in the Presidio neighborhood. SBTHP also owns and operates Casa de la Guerra, the 1820s home of Presidio Comandante José de la Guerra and his family. The restored home is now a museum featuring original furnishings and rotating exhibits. Recently SBTHP signed an agreement with State Parks to manage and develop the Santa Inés Mission Mills near the town of Solvang as a future California State Park. These are a few of the projects SBTHP is presently pursuing—learn more!

Mission Mills Olive Oil


Our new Mission Mills Olive Oill comes from trees planted at the Santa Inés Mission Mills State Property. It is locally cold-pressed from a blend of Manzanillo, Mission, Arbequina, Lucca, and Grappolo varieties of olives. Enjoy a taste of the Mission Mills! Available for purchase now.

Good Fortune


Join the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation for an evening at the Casa de la Guerra celebrating Asian cultures and learn about Santa Barbara’s Asian American heritage. Asian Attire • Cuisine • Libations • Special Guests • Exhibits. Saturday, May 31, 2014. Learn more.

Upcoming Events
Santa Barbara's Founding Day Come see the birthplace of Santa Barbara and enjoy a costumed reenactment of the original founding ceremony, held in 1782 at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara. This free event will include Early California music and dance, pottery, archaeology, adobe brick making, and more! More
On Exhibit at the Casa
I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California ... A traveling exhibit from the California Historical Society, curated by writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton. More
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Join SBTHP and receive free admission to all Trust sites, gift shop discounts, advanced notice for special events and exhibits, and much more.
On Exhibit at El Presidio
PotterNihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara's Japanese American Community in Transition, 1900-1940 This exhibit covers forty years of life in Santa Barbara’s Nihonmachi, or Japan Town, which was located on the Presidio site during the first half of the 20th century. More

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park • Casa de la Guerra • Santa Inés Mission Mills • Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 965-0093 • FAX (805) 568-1999 • www.sbthp.org
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