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Santa Barbara Historical Museum annual report


Preserving Santa Barbara’s History Since 1932

OUR Mission: Building a future worth remembering. To accomplish this mission, the Museum:

• Collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits the diverse material culture of the Santa Barbara region.

• Educates children and adults through exhibitions, lectures, tours and classroom activities.

• Encourages research, scholarship and publication of historical materials.

From the President It gives me great pleasure to present this Annual Report for the last fiscal year (July 2012 through June 2013), which also ends my time as a trustee and President. Before describing the year’s events, though, I must acknowledge the tragic loss of our former Executive Director David Bisol, who died following an accident in April, 2012. Fortunately, Douglas Diller, who had been with the Museum for a number of years, was able to step into the position. Much has happened since: We celebrated our 80th anniversary at the annual Holiday Gala; Chief Curator Daniel Calderon presented three exceptional exhibitions; and restoration work is under way on the Covarrubias and Historic Adobes, the latter of which will house the future John Edward Borein Gallery and Research Center. We have received a number of significant gifts and bequests during this time, and we have a new website,, created by volunteer Fernando Calderon, which I encourage you to explore. We presented a number of interesting lectures, which were well-attended, and the First Thursday events have been extremely popular. Education and research are important aspects of any museum. Director of Education Rebekah Beveridge is in charge of training docents to give tours of the Museum on weekends, and to educate children who participate in our outreach program as well as students who visit the Museum as participants in the Passport Program sponsored by the Santa Barbara Educator’s Roundtable. Michael Redmon, Director of Research, who oversees the Gledhill Library and also publishes the much-coveted and informative Noticias, celebrated his 30th year with our organization. I invite you to come in soon to explore the many treasures that our Museum has to offer, or to partake in our events. Our small but talented and friendly staff is always happy to answer any questions you might have. Thank you for being part of our Museum family, and for your continued support.

Marlene R. Miller

EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS By popular demand, The Flying A Studios exhibition was extended for several months. It focused on the studio’s influential and prolific operation in Santa Barbara between 1912 and 1921, when nearly one thousand silent films were made before the studio closed. In addition to original studio artifacts, documents and photographs, a selection of original Flying A silent films were shown. Carl Oscar Borg – Spirit of the West featured paintings by the artist from the Museum’s collection, along with loaned works that included seven oil paintings displayed publicly for the first time. The exhibition showcased California landscapes and Western American scenes, with an interpretive focus on Borg’s close connection to his subject. De la Tierra – Art of the Adobe presented historic artwork from the Museum’s collection by a number of renowned local artists, of adobe structures throughout Santa Barbara that have lent the city its modern architectural style.

The Collections Department took in a number of significant acquisitions and donations, including: • Large oil portrait of founding Board member Deborah Spalding as a child by Clarence R. Mattei (1883-1945), as a bequest by Deborah Spalding Pelissero. • Spanish-style guitar, circa 1880, of maple, spruce, rosewood, and pearl, originally owned by the De la Guerra family and gifted by William Clasen Hoyt. • Oil painting of Castle Rock by Henry Chapman Ford (1828-1894), gifted by Steve and Amy MacFarlane. • Seventeen etching plates with matching prints by John Edward Borein, purchased by the Museum Acquisition Fund through the generosity of Lawrence and Astrid Hammett, and Marlene and Warren Miller.

EDUCATION This past year was an active one for our Education Department. With the assistance of our school, outreach, and gallery docents, we reached more than 1,400 students, primarily youngsters in Kindergarten through 4th grade. We also provided community outreach to 630 local residents, and our docents gave more than one hundred tours of our galleries. We want to thank primary school docents Ann Brinker and Anne Luna for assisting with the school tours, and many thanks to Joy Holman for scheduling our gallery docents. Our volunteers gave us more than 2,500 hours of their valuable time this year; without their dedicated service we could not possibly accomplish all that we do. The many library, technology, curatorial, event, and education volunteers all greatly enhance our capacity to accomplish the Museum’s programs. As part of our volunteer training we offer monthly continuing education for all of our MVPs (Museum Volunteer Partners). We had very informative and often entertaining speakers for our MVP meetings, which Joe Schomer arranged for us each month. The topics included: our maritime history, the history of our local sheriff’s office, two lectures on different aspects of World War II in Santa Barbara, our community seen through the eyes of Elizabeth Eaton Burton, the history and restoration of the Botanic Garden, the Great White Fleet and a tour of Santa Barbara through the Magic Lantern with images from the Pearl Chase lantern slide collection.

RESEARCH The Gledhill Library welcomed some 2,800 researchers this last fiscal year as walkin patrons, by telephone, and through email. As in the past the range and variety of patrons was wide, from school children working on projects to academics writing books and monographs. Collections continued to grow with more than one thousand items added to the archives. Among the highlights were two boxes of research materials on the Mattei family, photographs and letters relating to artist Carl Oscar Borg, documentation on the life and times of Dwight Murphy, and genealogical material on the Oreña and de la Guerra families. A sincere thank-you to all our generous donors! Thanks also to the volunteers who gave more than 1,400 hours of their time and talents. Truly the library could not operate without these dedicated individuals cataloging, indexing, and conserving collections as well as researching and responding to patrons’ inquiries.

PUBLICATIONS Out of a close collaborative venture with Westmont College came a Noticias documenting the seventy-five-year history of this fine educational institution. Editorial work also proceeded on the Museum’s planned publication of a revised edition of Walker Tompkins’ Santa Barbara History Makers, short biographies of one hundred of our area’s most significant historic figures.

Events Last year’s Annual Holiday Gala was extra special, as we also celebrated the Museum’s 80th anniversary. It was a most elegant affair. The courtyard was beautifully decorated for the occasion; scrumptious food and fine wines were served; a band played soft music for those who wanted to show their dancing skills; and, of course, there was champagne to toast the Museum’s milestone year. Our Annual La Fiesta del Museo in July was another memorable event. The Courtyard once more came alive, this time so Museum members and their guests could show off their Fiesta outfits while enjoying the food and wines, enhanced by dancing performances perfect for the occasion. On the more serious side, John Palminteri once again helped raise funds, auctioning off the many interesting donated items.

Lectures Five local history lectures and a Cellar Series event helped Museum members and their guests expand their knowledge of the Santa Barbara region. They were:

The History of the Waterfront Erin Graffy, author-historian, enlightened our members on the story of Max Fleischmann and the waterfront, and the half-century it took before Santa Barbara achieved the dream of a safe anchorage all its own.

Westmont College, 75th Anniversary

In a lecture by distinguished professor emeritus Dr. John W. Sider our attendees learned about the founding of the college and how a small faculty, staff and administrators influenced generations of Westmont students.

Cellar Series – Riedel Seminar and Tasting

In conjunction with EpicureSB, the seminar enlightened wine and history enthusiasts about the history of Riedel glassware, and the importance of varietal-specific shapes while guests enjoyed tasting from local wineries.

Santa Barbara Then & Now

Neal Graffy, author-historian, took our guests on a nostalgic excursion through the red-tiled roofs and white stucco of historic Santa Barbara to reveal the many style changes and colorful history of our city.

The Santa Barbara B-24 Disasters

Robert A. Burtness re-created one of the most inexplicable and practically unknown homefront tragedies of World War II, when three separate but eerily linked events left sixteen people dead along the California coast.

Adobes of Old Santa Barbara

In conjunction with the exhibit, De la Tierra – Art of the Adobe, John C. Woodward, historian, led us on a virtual city tour through historic photos and paintings, from the pueblo’s founding in 1782 until the early 1870s.

Capital improvements Framing the lower courtyard at the Museum’s De la Guerra Street headquarters are two 19th-century structures that are being integrated more closely into the Museum’s programs and operations. Throughout the year extensive work continued to improve the structural integrity of the 1817 Covarrubias Adobe, primarily to correct misguided stabilization efforts in earlier times. Current plans are to renovate the smaller rooms in the eastern extremity of the building to house the Museum’s Education Department. Major renovation work was also begun on the Historic Adobe, which until recently housed the offices of Rancheros Visitadores. In addition to exterior stabilization and seismic retrofitting of the structure, the entire roof of the 1,400-square foot building was rebuilt, as had recently been completed on the Covarrubias Adobe. The building’s interior is being returned to an appearance more appropriate to its historic past; it will become the home of the John Edward Borein Gallery and Research Center. Once this work is completed, both buildings and their contents will be protected with up-to-date security and fire alarm systems.

Computer rendering by Matthew Hendren of the upper courtyard, pergola, Historic Adobe and Covarrubias Adobe, as they would appear from above the Sala.



Total All Funds Support: Grants $ Contributions Bequests In-kind contributions Membership Investment income Trust income Site rental income Museum store sales Public programs Library fees Change in value of bequests receivable Change in value of charitable remainder trusts Change in net present value of pledges receivable




79,250 336,475 69,282 20,308 71,330 75,828 37,719 271,612 28,989 61,245 6,322 - 64,064 - -


164,925 451,269 6,091 124,571 75,515 66,003 47,377 241,120 39,167 54,581 5,382 (40,069) (25,570) 2,931 913

Total Support 1,122,424 1,214,206 Expenses: Program services: Curatorial, library and museums 590,727 636,490 Museum and Historical House Care 112,220 118,422 Public programs 259,517 365,678 Supporting services: Management and general 185,432 200,503 Membership 90,463 103,254




Total Expenses 1,286,993 1,516,377 Excess of Support Over/(Under) Expenses before other changes in net assets (164,569) (302,171) Other Changes in Net Assets: Change in unrealized gain on investments 128,287 (93,473) Change in value of perpetual trusts 69,258 (63,300) Increase/(decrease) in net assets 32,976 (458,944) Net Assets at Beginning of Year



Net Assets at End of Year







Total All Funds Assets

Cash and cash equivalents Bequest receivables Pledges receivable Prepaid expenses and deposits Inventory Investments Interest in charitable remainder trusts Interest in perpetual trusts Property and equipment - net Historic land and buildings Collections acquired since 1990



16,2090 393,577 3,112 34,610 54,534 2,245,903 473,423 1,942,334 4,525,209 119,197 1,383,365



134,504 385,364 12,257 32,999 54,534 2,386,393 409,359 1,873,077 4,265,277 119,197 1,383,365

Total Assets $ 11,337,354 $ 11,056,326 liabilities and net Assets

Liabilities Accounts payable









6,868,843 578,437

6,500,682 983,462

Accrued liabilities

Total Liabilities Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily restricted

Permanently restricted 3,580,671 3,510,831 Total Net Assets 11,027,951 10,994,975 Total Liabilities and Net Assets




The complete audited financial statements, prepared by MacFarlane, Faletti & Co., LLP are available for inspection at the Historical Museum’s offices.


Donors $10,000 & Above Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation The Ann Jackson Family Foundation Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation George H. Griffiths & Olive J. Griffiths Charitable Foundation Gladys Q. Knapp Trust Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence T. Hammett Sally & David Martin Marlene & Warren Miller Eleanor Van Cott Wallis Foundation Williams-Corbett Foundation Mr. John C. Woodward $5,000 - 9,999 Mr. Victor K. Atkins, Jr. Terry Bartlett & Randall Fox Leslie & Philip Bernstein Mr. & Mrs. Ashleigh Brilliant William S. Burtness Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Hammett The JEC Foundation Montecito Bank & Trust David F. Myrick Trust Robin Schutte Volentine Family Foundation Westmont College $1,000 - 4,999 Arlington Gallery Helene & Jerry Beaver Mr. Keith C. Berry Bershad Family Fund Mrs. Ernest A. Bryant George L. Burtness Louise Clarke & John Carbon Mr. Richard G. Croft, Jr. Mr. Oswald J. Da Ros Barbara & Charles Farish Phyllis Farmer Frank Schipper Construction Co. Carol & William Gordon Perri Harcourt Felicie & Paul Hartloff, Jr. Vicki & Bob Hazard HUB International Insurance Services Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Josiah C. Jenkins Colleen & Philip Kirst Liselotte Kuttler Trust Lucille Thompson Cook Estate Sheila & Frank McGinity Barbara & Art Najera Katherine & Jack Perrin Mr. & Mrs. Alexander M. Power The Raintree Foundation Leslie & Frank Schipper Nancy B. Schlosser Virginia B. Sloan Judy & Jack Stapelmann Nola & Carl Stucky Evelyn E. Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Weber Mr. P. A. Weber, III $500 - 999 Rebecca & Peter Adams Lee Parker Bacon

Dr. & Mrs. Herbert E. Barthels Virginia & Timothy Bliss Polly & Geoff Bloomingdale Kathleen Brewster Renee Castagnola Emma & Charles Covarrubias Angelique & Erik Davis Downing Omohundro Denison Charleen & Wayne Finkel Steven & Prudy Handelman Susan & John Hanna Mr. Michael Hoefer Mr. & Mrs. J. J. Hollister, III Mr. & Mrs. Derk Hunter Debbie & John Mackall Diana & Ralph MacFarlane Mr. & Mrs. William P. MacKinnon MarBorg Industries Patricia Maxim Mr. Glen H. Mitchel, Jr. Val & Bob Montgomery Sheri & Jack Overall Judy Pochini & Dr. Eric H. Boehm Jean Schuyler Mrs. Ruth B. Scollin The Pearl Chase Society Patricia & Carl Perry Ann & Alastair Winn $250 - 499 Mr. Demetri E. Argyropoulos Kikka & Ward Bayly Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Burtness Mrs. Cornelia Chapman Tani Conrad Linda & James Cremer Mrs. Ian N. Dundas Edwards-Pitman Architects, AIA Mr. Peter W. Ehlen Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Erburu Mr. Eldon Ford Ellie & William Freudenstein, III Jane & Howard Giles Adrienne & Bernard Girod Barbara & Jerrold Gonce Patti & Todd Gutshall Christina & Roger Haley Susan & Robert Herrera Mr. Chris Hill Holly & Kent Jennings Mr. Paul A. Johnson Mrs. Hope S. Kelly Jo & Carl Lindros Dr. Hugo Loaiciga Laurie & Thad MacMillan Maizlish Realtors, Inc. Glenice & Ronald C. Mathews Ms. Maurie McGuire Gary & Anna Nett Mr. & Mrs. Chapin Nolen Ms. Linda Powell Mr. & Mrs. S. Wayne Powers Lisa Reich & Bob Johnson Dorothy B. Roberts Cathie & General F. Michael Rogers Ann & Harris Seed

Dr. William & Sandra G. Sheehan Susan Sheller & Bob Roe South Coast Fine Arts Conservation Center Cynthia Steffen & Ken Rideout Mr. Jack Theimer Susan & William Wagner Kathryn Washburn Patricia Wayland Mr. Frank S. Whiting Dona & Paul Wieckowski $150 - 249 Mr. & Mrs. Duncan H. Abbott Julia Allen Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Bailard Patricia P. Broome Gale & Ron Busch Patricia Caird Ms. Joan Churchill Nancy & Roger Davidson DeRu’s Fine Arts Ann Edmonston Gail Elnicky & Rich Untermann Drs. Heinrich & Joyce Falk Mr. John C. Fritsche Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Glenn High Noon Nancy & Charlie Hovey Mr. & Mrs. Frederic B. Ingram Nancy L. Jackson Mr. Josiah F. Jenkins Lydia & Eberhard Klocke Annelie & Barry Lockton Karen & Mathew Martin Toni & Terry McQueen Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Muriello Fermina & Stephen Murray Teresa K. Nakashima, M. D. & Charles J. Rennie, III, M.D. Cam Nguyen Christina & Jeff Omdahl Mr. & Mrs. Walter Orso Claire & Gerald Parent Patricia & Carl Perry Mr. & Mrs. John Pillsbury, III Ms. Joy Podger Mr. Ronald R. Randall San Pasqual Fiduciary Trust Company Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Schomer Barbara & Bruce Scollin Joyce Shaar Deborah & Barry Smith Mr. Robert A. Sorich Carolyn & David Spainhour Mr. Carl B. Swanson Gerry & Jim Turner Molora & Kenneth Vadnais Mr. & Mrs. David W. Van Horne Susan & Hubert Vos Diane & Ralph Waterhouse Maurie McGuire & Scott Westlotorn Nancy & Byron Kent Wood

We regret that space does not permit us to acknowledge all of our members, but regardless of the amount, please know that each member’s support is deeply appreciated.

Board & staff volunteers Trustees

Museum Volunteer Partners

Marlene R. Miller President

Sondra Aggeler—Library

Robin Schutte First Vice President

Rob Beamer—Docent Trainee, Events

Kikka Bayly—Library

Lawrence T. Hammett Second Vice President

Isabel Beveridge—School Docent, Events

William S. Burtness Treasurer

Ann Brinker—Gallery Docent, School Docent, Events

David R. Martin Secretary

Erma Cook—Library

George L. Burtness Randall Fox Sheila McGinity P.A. Weber, III Eleanor Van Cott Trustee Emeritus

Kathleen Brewster—Gallery Docent, Outreach Docent, Library Fernando Calderon—Curatorial Maxine Crandall— Volunteer Diane DeLuca—Volunteer, Docent Trainee Ellen Durham—Gallery Docent, Events Joyce Falk—Gallery Docent, Library Rich Garret—Docent Trainee Gayle Golden—Outreach Docent


Carol Gordon—Volunteer, Events

Douglas Diller Executive Director

Tonia Guerrero—Library

Sara Hetyonk Executive Assistant

Joy Holman—Gallery Docent

Daniel Calderon Chief Curator

Henry Levy—Library

Martha Hassenplug—Library, Events Sey Kinsell—Volunteer

Michael Redmon Director of Research

Wendy Lewis-Rakova—Docent Trainee, Events

Rebekah Beveridge Director of Education

Anne Luna—Gallery Docent, School Docent, Events

Matthew Hendren Director of Operations

Glenice Mathews—Volunteer

Jeanne Buchanan Director of Membership

Jo Lindros—Library Cree Mann—Gallery/Focus Tour Docent Doris McCloskey—Volunteer Roy Regester—Library

Loretta Reynolds Director of Accounting

Diane Ruiz—Volunteer

Dacia Harwood Director of Marketing

Pat Sheppard—Gallery Docent, Events

Erica Reynolds Rentals Coordinator

Elizabeth Stewart—Gallery/Focus Tour Docent

Rebecca Harlow Visitor Services Coordinator Leanna Apland Avery Hardy Anna Muriella Andy Prosser Visitor Services Staff Vicente Belmonte Isabel Beveridge Joel Mora Roberto Renteria Raquel Sanchez Facility Maintenance

Russell Ruiz—Volunteer Joe Schomer—Volunteer Carl Swanson—Gallery Docent Jim Turner—Library Gerry Turner—Library Jay Van Meter—Gallery Docent, Outreach Docent, Events

SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM 136 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805-966-1601

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Annual Report 2012-2013  
Santa Barbara Historical Museum Annual Report 2012-2013