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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 has given presentations in Santa Barbara at the Historical Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Genealogy Society, the Yacht Club, the Woman's Club, Rotary clubs, and other groups.


Contact her at to arrange a presentation for your group or organization.

Cover photo: Red Cross workers welcome returning soldiers at the Santa Barbara train station after the end of World War I.

My latest book – available in Santa Barbara bookstores

 and at

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1918 – the 5th 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. 
The best stories of 1918 include:
Wild Storms * Montecito Country Club Opens
"Flying A" Movies * Lockheed's Flights
Fire & Flood Worries * The Circus Arrives
El Encanto Hotel Opens * Solar Eclipse
Life Magazine Cartoons * The Spanish Flu
Pelicans Make News * SB High School Photos
Victory Gardens * Draftees Go off to War
Remembering the Fallen of WWI

Read more about these books and others on the BOOKS page of my website.

"You can't buy happiness, but you CAN buy books!"