Spanish Settlement

The first Europeans to settle in this region were the Spanish with the founding of the Santa Barbara Presidio in … READ MORE

The Arts Movement

Beginning in the last quarter of the 19th century, Santa Barbara developed into the most important art colony between San … READ MORE

A New Century

Santa Barbara became the center of the movie-making world when the Chicago-based American Film Manufacturing Company opened the largest production … READ MORE

Collection Overview

In 1932, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum was founded by civic leaders and members of the community intent on preserving … READ MORE

De la Guerra Family

Spanish native Don José de la Guerra y Noriega (1779-1858) was the founding patriarch of the family in this country. … READ MORE