Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
To preserve, restore, reconstruct and interpret historic sites in Santa Barbara County.
To bring alive the history of Santa Barbara for present and future generations.
The Santa Barbara Presidio, established by the Spanish from Mexico in 1782, lies at the very center of the Santa Barbara we know today. Within the city blocks of the properties that the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) own and manage lived many generations of Santa Barbarans, a rich cultural mix of Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, Euro-American, Chinese and Japanese settlers. The Santa Inés Mission Mills are rare relics of the industrial operations carried on at some of the California missions by Chumash neophytes and Spanish padres. SBTHP aims to tell the stories of these Santa Barbara County residents to convey how cultures blend and borrow from each other as people adapt to changing situations.
SBTHP engages in archaeological and historical research and publication to expand knowledge about Santa Barbara's history. It works closely with California State Parks, the City of Santa Barbara, the County of Santa Barbara and various cultural and educational constituencies,SBTHP works to attract and inform a broad audience through its restoration projects, exhibits, living history demonstrations, public events and lectures, and public school programs.