Betsy J. Green

Author & Speaker

Upcoming events
in Santa Barbara

The Mesa and the Sea - an illustrated talk.
The history of Santa Barbara’s Mesa is closely linked with the waters of the Pacific that rim its southern border: the picturesque lighthouse and the loyal lady who guided ships to safety for more than 40 years, a famous clipper ship captain who watched the ships on the Channel from the cupola atop his home, a Chumash village, a Spanish fort with cannons ready to defend the harbor, the occasional shipwreck, whales washed ashore that inspired Mesa residents to extract whale oil, a road called Cliff Drive that is nowhere near the cliff, and more.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.
Reservations recommended.

Book signing on 1st Thursday, Dec. 1, 5 - 8 p.m., at Santa Barbara Arts giftshop at La Arcada

Ask your doctor if a history & humor talk
or presentation would be right for your group or organization!

Contact Betsy J. Green
at author@​


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