Santa Barbara Historical Museum Reopens as Outdoor Museum

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Dwight Murphy in the 1920s (Photo: Historical Museum)
Reads 1942

By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum has reopened as an outdoor museum with the installation of "Project Fiesta: The History of Old Spanish Days."

The museum's courtyard showcases the pageantry, fashion, and traditions of the Old Spanish Days festival.

Through art, film, vintage posters, costume, historical photographs, and memories visitors will discover the beginnings of this festival since its inception in 1924.  

Entry to the outdoor exhibition is free and it will be set up through August 22nd. The Museum is currently open limited hours: Thursdays, noon-5pm, Fridays, noon-7pmand Saturdays, noon-5pm.

A full schedule and information is here:

A crowd has gathered at the U.S. Post Office at 1130 State Street to enjoy Fiesta’s 1936 Historical Parade.  In 1941 the building became home to the newly minted Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  (Postcard, John Fritsche Collection, Gledhill Library)
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bellagirl Aug 04, 2020 09:57 AM
Santa Barbara Historical Museum Reopens as Outdoor Museum

In the group photo I'm pretty sure my grandmother, Zaida O'Neill, is the woman in the straw hat wearing the dark print dress in the second row sitting in a chair, four children on the ground to her left. She was nearly 6' tall and always hunched over, perhaps something to do with my grandfather, Owen H. O'Neill who was barely 5'5 if that tall. Together they had 12 children. Owen was SB county surveryor for over 30 years and was one of the Fiesta founders.

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