Betsy J. Green

Author & Speaker

Betsy J. Green

Betsy J. Green has been a writer for more than 25 years. As a freelancer, she contributed articles to newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and abroad. She specializes in writing about local history, architecture, and the environment. She researched and wrote about the history of more than 85 homes, and was responsible for nominating five properties to the National Register of Historic Places.

Green is a former associate editor of Reader’s Digest and staff editor of World Book Encyclopedia.

She writes a history & humor column called Way Back When for the Santa Barbara website, and a history column for The Mesa Paper.

Lastest Books – available in local bookstores and at

MesaPEDIA – the story of the early years in Santa Barbara’s Mesa neighborhood, when the Mesa was “a wide, waving stretch of emerald fields.”

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1916 – the 3rd book in the continuing series of tales of interesting and humorous events in Santa Barbara 100 years ago. Based on stories in the local newspapers. "I read it in the newspaper, so you know it's true!"


Local history
MESApedia is the first comprehensive history of Santa Barbara’s Mesa neighborhood, containing more than 400 entries and images, portraying life on the Mesa in the 1800s.
A photographic history tracing the development of a village just west of Chicago.
Local history & humor
The third in the series of history & humor books about Santa Barbara's history -- one year at a time. $9.95
More tales of the wacky and weird events in SB taken from the local newspapers. $9.95
Tales of everyday life in Santa Barbara 100 years ago, told with wit and humor. $9.95
"Could be a runaway bestseller!"
--Old-House Journal