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Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
updated: Dec 07, 2013, 10:00 AM

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation's mission is to preserve, restore, reconstruct and interpret historic sites in Santa Barbara County.

Founded in 1963 by Dr. Pearl Chase and other concerned community leaders, SBTHP is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and the primary force in the reconstruction and preservation of El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park-Santa Barbara's 18th century birthplace-and Casa de la Guerra-the 1820s home of Santa Barbara patriarch José de la Guerra. Today the Casa is an historic house museum featuring original furnishings and temporary exhibitions. In 2008, SBTHP signed an agreement with California State Parks to operate and develop the Santa Inés Mission Mills in Solvang, California-two 1820s fulling and grist mills which are part of a National Historic Landmark District-as a future California State Park. SBTHP recently purchased the building that housed Jimmy's Oriental Gardens, providing an opportunity to interpret the history of Santa Barbara's Asian community in the presidio neighborhood. 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.

Since its founding, the primary long-range goal of SBTHP has been the reconstruction of the Santa Barbara presidio, the eighteenth-century Spanish colonial fort that is Santa Barbara's birthplace. About the size of a city block in the center of Santa Barbara's vibrant downtown district, its singular location gives the presidio an important opportunity as a living history site to interpret the city's Hispanic heritage for students, the local community, and visitors from around the country and all over the world.

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