La Campana

Members of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) receive La Campana as a benefit of membership. In addition to keeping members informed about SBTHP’s events, programs and preservation projects, this high quality, full color, membership publication includes original research in the fields of history, archaeology, and historic preservation, book reviews, and more!


Below is an index of past issues of La Campana. Additional copies or past issues may be purchased for $5. For more information contact SBTHP at (805) 965-0093.

Current Issue

Spring 2020

  • A message from Executive Director, Anne Petersen

  • A recap of the 2020 Annual Meeting

  • The Santa Barbara County Courthouse: a Community and Global Icon

  • A look into the 2020 Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight event held in February

  • SBTHP creates a new Digital Learning Center

  • A Tribute to Tim Aguilar​

Past Issues

Winter 2020

A message from Board President, Debby Aceves; A recap of the tenth-annual Asian American Neighborhood Festival; Hundreds of local families attend 2019 Dia de los Muertos Craft Day; The Olive’s Journey from the Mediterranean to the Presidio Neighborhood; Una Noche de Las Posadas fills Presidio Neighborhood with Holiday Spirit; Replacing the Presidio Chapel Doors; A Tribute to Donald G. Sharpe

Fall 2019

A message from Executive Director, Anne Petersen; 2019 Cultural Activities and Summer Adventures Camp; Architect Anthony Grumbine and Urban Historian Nicole Hernandez explore historic planning and architecture to inform the future of Santa Barbara in part two of the Santa Barbara: Yesterday, Today Tomorrow series; The Presidio Archaeology Camp solves an age-old mystery; The Asian American Film Series celebrates its 10th anniversary; SBTHP thanks its volunteers; a tribute to John S. Poucher

Summer 2019

A message from Board President, Debby Aceves; A look at our 2019 Founding Day Festival celebration; Another successful Early California Days program, serving 850+ local 3rd graders; A glimpse into Santa Barbara's urban development with Santa Barbara: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by architectural historian, Dennis Doordan; A tribute to Giorgio Perrisinotto, 1942-2018.

Spring 2019

A message from Executive Director, Anne Petersen; a report on the 2018 Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight Evening; the 2019 Annual Meeting; meet our new Board Members; an historical article, “Reimagining the ‘Spanish Lake’“; and Harrison Design’s 2018 AIA Santa Barbara Merit Award for the Alhecama Theatre Restoration.

Winter 2019

A letter from Board President, Debby Aceves; a recap of the 2018 Asian American Neighborhood Festival; SBTHP’s first Strategic Plan and new Mission and Value statements; the history of the Anna Blake School; a recap of the 2018 Dia de los Muertos Craft Day at Casa de la Guerra and Una Noche de Las Posadas holiday programs, the Alhecama Theatre becomes a Santa Barbara City Landmark and a tribute to Robert H. Lovejoy.

Fall 2018

A story from our Executive Director, Anne Petersen, about her experience as Saint Barbara during Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2018; A glimpse into our fun-filled 2018 educational summer camps including the artifacts our teenage Presidio Archaeology Campers discovered while excavating part of the Presidio’s northern defense wall; Recent research about smallpox treatment in Spanish California; A recap of our summer programs; Tributes to two invaluable SBTHP volunteers: Harold Kirker and Carl Harris.

Summer 2018

Celebrating Santa Barbara Then and Now: 2018 Founding Day Festival, 2018 Early California Days Program Reaches Record Number of Third Graders, An Argument for the Santa Barbara School of the Arts, Collections Relate to the Santa Barbara School of the Arts at the Presidio Research Center, Special Event Honors the History and Legacy of the Santa Barbara School of the Arts, and A Tribute to Elizabeth Hvolboll

Spring 2018

2018 Annual Meeting, New Board Members, Talking Through History, Research Center Acquires New Mission Collection, Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight

Winter 2018

2017 Asian American Neighborhood Festival; Native Daughters of the Golden West; Dia de los Muertos Craft Day; Una Noche de Estrellas; Cattle Colonialism book review; Una Noche de las Posadas; Tribute to Jim Mills

Fall 2017

Anna Louise Murphy Vhay; CASA Camp 2017; 2017 Presidio Archaeology Day Camp Digs in for the Summer; Asian American Film Series 2017; Casa Cantina; Volunteer Appreciation Lunch 2017; Part II: Creative Soul

Summer 2017

2017 Founding Day Festival; Elmer Whittaker: Manual Training Personified; Rethinking Herminia and Delfina de la Guerra's Role in the Building of El Paseo; 2017 Early California Days; Celebrating the Restoration of the Historic Alhecama Theatre; Book Review of Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the making of Hong Kong

Spring 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Report; Dr. Richard E. Oglesby Remarks Upon Being Named Life Honorary Director; Introduction of a New Board Member; Anna Louise Murphy Vhay ~ Design Maven; Presidio by Candlelight; The Story of the Santa Barbara Presidio Chapel Bells

Winter 2017

Philanthropist Margaret Knight Forsyth Andrews; 2016 Presidio Archaeology Field School and Archaeology Day Campers; Asian American Neighborhood Festival; Holiday events; Review of revised and updated Santa Barbara ~ A guide to El Pueblo Viejo

Fall 2016

The Story Behind the Picture—“Fun, Frolic and Patriotism”; Cota-Knox House Restoration and Seismic Retrofit; CASA Camp 2016; Seventh Anniversary of the Asian American Film Series; The Neighborhood has That Much History; Casa Cantina 2016; Paying Tribute to our Volunteers

Summer 2016

2016 Living History Days; Story of the Other "El Presidio," Part II: The Art; Building Community: Reginald D. Johnson, Architect; Californio Lancers: The 1st Battalion of Native Cavalry in the Far West, 1863-1866; Reminiscences of Ed and Barbara Vernon

Spring 2016

2016 Annual Meeting; New Members of the Board of Directors; Connecting with the Presidio after Dark; The Bonilla House:  The Evolution of a Modest Family Home; New Exterior Sign Program for El Presidio State Historic Park; Vivian Obern (1921-2015)

Winter 2016

2015 Presidio Archaeology Field School; Dr. Knox’s Appointment Book; Asian American Neighborhood Festival; Dia de los Muertos; Story of the “Other” Presidio; and SBTHP Holiday programs

Fall 2015

Alhecama Theatre Rehabilitation Project; The Art of Preservation  Exhibit; A Longtime Tenant Remembers El Centro; Casa Camp 2015; Asian American Film Series; Casa Cantina; Celebrating Volunteers

Summer 2015

Celebrate Santa Barbara Events: Candlelight Dinner, Founding Day Festival and Rancho Roundup; Princesa and Favorita in the Channel; Early Schooling in Santa Barbara; and El Presidio SHP in I Madonnari

Spring 2015

SBTHP Annual Meeting and New Board Members; Legacy Lost and Found: Short Biography of William O. Atkinson; Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight; El Cuartel: Owners and Tenants; and Twilight of the Mission Frontier, book review

Winter 2015

Asian American Neighborhood Festival; Ancient Rome in Spanish California Part II: Decorative Arts and Architecture; Dia de los Muertos Craft Day--Presidio family Altars; The Riviera Campus; An Evening Honoring Los Distinguidos and Friends of the Trust; and Holiday Events

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