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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.

Latest Books – available in Santa Barbara bookstores and at

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1917 – the 4th 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!"

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

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

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