by Laine Martens
Here in the Visitors Center at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, operated by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, we welcome thousands of people a year. In a recent survey of our visitors, we found that 34 counties and 23 States of the United States have been represented just between March and April 2019.
We often recognize El Presidio SHP as a community-based site with state-wide impact as a California State Historic Park. It is also important to recognize, however, that we have the honor of interpreting the site’s rich history on a global scale. No matter where our visitors come from they are drawn to Santa Barbara’s unique beauty and rich history. The site of El Presidio SHP has a long history of serving as home for diverse peoples from around the world, and we are pleased that it still serves a global community today.
Below is a list of States in the U.S. represented by visitors during this period.
Below is a list of countries represented by visitors during this period, ranked by most to least frequently represented.
El Presidio de Santa Bárbara’s State Historic Park Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open daily from 10:30am-4:30pm.
Laine Martens is the Visitor Services and Gift Shop Manager at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.