Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Our mission is to inspire meaningful connections to Santa Barbara history.

aka Santa Barbara Historical Museum   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.sbhistorical.org

Mission

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits the diverse culture of the Santa Barbara region.

Ruling year info

1947

Executive Director

Ms. Dacia Harwood

Main address

136 East De la Guerra St

Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA

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EIN

95-6005796

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our first goal is to connect our community with their heritage. Founded in 1932 and incorporated in 1943, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum is a California non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an appreciation and understanding of Santa Barbara regional history and the importance of history in general. The Museum is one of the oldest institutions of its kind and was established as the first to preserve the area's history.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Santa Barbara History

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum collects evidence of man's existence in Santa Barbara and conserves artifacts that serve as tools to teach and connect current and future generations to the history of the area and provide prospective for the future. The Historical Museum mounts 3-4 special exhibitions annually along with lectures and special events. The signature exhibition, The Story of Santa Barbara, provides a 450-year overview of Santa Barbara. The Museum conducts elementary school programs specific to grade levels, with third grade focusing on local history, fourth grade on California history, and a fifth grade program focusing on the impact of the westward movement and national history on Santa Barbara. The Museum also offers outreach programs to schools, community service organizations, Elderhostels, and other groups. The Museum is open 6 days a week. The Museum also offers tours of its historic house museum, the Hon. Charles Fernald Mansion.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities

Related Program

Santa Barbara History

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With the pandemic in 2020, many of the museum's event attendees were virtual. Additionally, the Museum was intermittently closed in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid 19.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Museum remains dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the material culture of the Santa Barbara region in all its diversity; to educating through lectures, tours, and in the classroom; and to encouraging research, scholarship, and publication of the history of the Santa Barbara community. History can guide and inspire our actions, a tool with which we can build a better tomorrow. It is that belief which inspires the Museum’s motto, “building a future worth remembering.”

In addition to the Museum’s signature exhibition, The Story of Santa Barbara, the Museum hosts exhibitions highlighting our area history each year and recently completed a new immersive exhibition geared toward children, entitled The Haunted Mirror.

We aim to produce a vibrant schedule of public programming including history lectures and art demonstrations, exhibition premieres, film screenings, walking and hiking tours, and continuing education sessions for the Museum’s core volunteers program. Public interest topics include life in early California, conservation, architecture, art, film, agriculture and other local history topics.

Our school programs and education outreach are at the heart of our activities, as we endeavor to inspire a new generation to not only learn from the past, but integrate it into their lives.

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum has a long legacy in our community, and an enduring commitment to its mission. With a ninety year history, a stable budget, strong leadership and magnificent collection, we aim to continue to be a strong, solid voice for local history, education, and preservation. The Museum's beautiful campus in downtown Santa Barbara is a celebrated treasure of the community and often plays host to events such as weddings and corporate events, which lend visibility and also help fund our operation.

Our Research Department produces three issues of Noticias, the Museum’s scholarly journal. Most recently, we completed the publication, Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, a scholarly hardcover book with Rizzoli.

On average over 28,000 guests, including many school tours, visited the Museum to explore, attend public functions and utilize the research library, and visit the historic homes (Fernald Mansion c. 1880s). Additionally, many others explored the Museum’s satellite exhibits at the Historic Terminal of the Santa Barbara Airport and the transitional exhibition Healing Arts Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Reynolds

No Affiliation

Term: 2018 - 2022

Sharon Bradford

Christopher Greco

Marc Appleton

H. Gerald Bidwell

Sheila Snow

Brett Hodges

George Burtness

George Leis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.