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Cheri Rae to Present “Pearl Chase: Santa Barbara’s Visionary Leader” at Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Meeting on Saturday, June 15

June 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT

The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome author Cheri Rae at its Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 15. Cheri will provide background about the people and events that shaped Pearl Chase, as well as how Pearl was able to craft an independent life where she could follow her heart, her interests, and her strong determination to make Santa Barbara a more beautiful place to live.

About the Event
This free event will take place at the First Presbyterian Church at 21 E. Constance Avenue in Santa Barbara. Join us at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments, conversation with the Society’s Special Interest Groups about everything from beginning genealogy to writing your family history, and perusing genealogical books for sale. Following a short business meeting at 10:30 a.m., Cheri’s presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Cheri will also bring copies of her book A String of Pearls: Pearl Chase of Santa Barbara for purchase, and will be available to sign them. The business meeting and Cheri’s presentation will be available via Zoom. Please register at SBGen.org to attend online.

About the Speaker
Ardent civic activist and award-winning newspaper columnist Cheri Rae is the author of more than 300 articles and commentaries about Santa Barbara and is the longtime editor of “The Capital,” newsletter for the Pearl Chase Society. “Channeling her inner Pearl,” Cheri led efforts to preserve the city’s Bungalow Haven neighborhood, historic buildings, and trees.

Equally outspoken on education issues, Cheri spearheads community-wide literacy awareness initiatives. She’s director of the Dyslexia Project, was named a “Local Hero” by the Santa Barbara Independent for her fearless efforts on behalf of students with dyslexia, and awarded a Resolution from the California State Assembly for her dyslexia work.

Early in her career, Cheri enjoyed successful stints as a magazine editor, holding key management positions with such popular lifestyle magazines as Runner’s World, Surfer, California Scenic, and Bicycle Sport. Later in her career, two words describe the direction of Cheri’s writing career: worthy causes.

Cheri took up the cause of desert conservation and wrote Mojave National Preserve, which helped rally the public and contributed to a successful campaign that preserved the wonders of the Mojave as national parkland. Her interest in celebrating and sharing Santa Barbara’s unique environment and architecture led her to pen Walk Santa Barbara. Cheri, a nationally known expert on dyslexia, shares her hard-won wisdom in DyslexiaLand, A Field Guide for Parents of Children of Dyslexia.

Cheri lives with her family in a 1912 bungalow in Santa Barbara’s Bungalow Haven, the historic district she helped create through her advocacy. Now at work on a memoir, Bungalow Life, she continues on a path of good works that blend her desire to make a difference and her considerable storytelling skills.

About the Genealogical Society

The mission of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society is to help people discover, document, preserve, and share their family histories in California, the United States, and around the world. The Society is an all-volunteer organization with over 500 members, and a 5,000 square foot genealogical research library featuring over 19,000 books and a computer lab with access to nine genealogical subscription websites. Annual memberships start at $40, please visit SBGen.org to learn more about membership benefits, events, presentations, or to become a member.


June 15
9:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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First Presbyterian Church
Corner of State & Constance
Santa Barbara, 93105
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