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SBTHP Presents Un Paseo en Oro - 50th Anniversay Celebration


April 17, 2013

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) celebrates fifty years of achievement at Un Paseo en Oro on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the historic social center of Santa Barbara –

El Paseo. The event is a celebration in honor of the SBTHP’s fifty year journey to preserve, restore and explore Santa Barbara’s cultural and architectural history.  Join SBTHP and Honorary Chairs Milford Wayne Donaldson and Marilyn Chandler DeYoung, as we toast our 50th anniversary.  The event includes a reception, behind-the-scenes tours, historical vignettes, entertainment, dinner, auction, and special guests.   


Founded in 1963 by Dr. Pearl Chase and other community leaders, SBTHP works to preserve, restore, reconstruct and interpret historic sites in Santa Barbara County. The vision of the organization’s founders was to restore Santa Barbara’s Spanish Presidio, reclaim Santa Barbara’s birthplace and preserve Santa Barbara County history for future generations.

With the help of continuing education activities and exhibits, SBTHP strives to encourage community involvement and foster an appreciation for Santa Barbara’s distinct history.


The community is invited to Un Paseo en Oro to toast to SBTHP’s fifty year journey to preserve, restore and explore Santa Barbara's cultural and architectural heritage.  The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with behind-the-scenes tours and historical vignettes in the Street In Spain, El Paseo Courtyard, Borein Studio, and St. Francis Room, and Casa de la Guerra.  

El Paseo has been at the heart of Santa Barbara’s history since its construction in 1923. Enjoy this rare opportunity to view El Paseo, a world famous architectural icon that has served as a model for developing the City of Santa Barbara. Learn about the Casa de la Guerra, built by Presidio Comandant José de la Guerra in the 1820s, the economic, political and social center of the pueblo of Santa Barbara.  Meet the colorful characters from El Paseo’s past and enjoy music by Chucumite, a local group that plays traditional music from Mexico and Latin America. 

The reception will be followed by a plated dinner in Restaurante del Paseo where guests will enjoy commemorative presentations honoring SBTHP’s 50th anniversary.  Milford Wayne Donaldson, Chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a prominent figure in the field of historic preservation, will speak. Guests will also enjoy a special performance by Timo Nunez, a world-renowned flamenco dancer.  The history of SBTHP’s community activities will be celebrated.  SBTHP board members Keith Mautino and Terease Chin are co-chairs of the event committee.


Single tickets are $175.  Table sponsorships available. Un Paseo en Oro is just one of many ways SBTHP seeks to increase community awareness and raise funds to support its mission to preserve, restore, reconstruct and interpret historic sites in Santa Barbara County. To purchase tickets contact SBTHP at (805) 965-0093.  


The Santa Barbara community is invited to be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration. SBTHP’s Memories Project requests photographs, stories, and drawings from the community to help interpret and document the stories held within the Presidio neighborhood. All of the material SBTHP gathers will be archived at the Presidio Research Center and shared with the public on SBTHP’s new Collections Online website. The Memories Project is on display at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara SHP throughout 2013.



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