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. Much of the information in the book is drawn from articles in Santa Barbara’s newspapers of the 1800s. Read all about the first mansion in the Santa Barbara area, the best telescope in Southern California, a famous clipper ship captain, jousting contests, and much, much more.
Available at Santa Barbara Arts, Chaucers, the SB Historical Museum, the Genealogy Society's Sahyun Library, elbarbareno.com, and amazon.com. $19.95
Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1916 is the third in the series of books about the city’s history -- one year at a time. This was the year the Lockheeds set up their seaplane business, young ladies’ swimsuits caused a scandal, a “Flying A” stuntman drove a car over an abyss, a major crime occurred at the Potter Hotel, a “human fly” climbed a clock tower, mysterious whangdoodles sailed through the air, and much, much more.
Available at Santa Barbara Arts, Chaucers, Tecolote Books, the SB Maritime Museum, the SB Historical Museum, the Book Den, elbarbareno.com, and amazon.com. $9.95
More tales of the wacky and weird events in SB taken from the local newspapers. The second book in the history of Santa Barbara -- one year at a time! Reviewers called Green’s Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1914: “a fun read,” “Betsy tells it like it was,” “an easy-access snapshot of Santa Barbara 100 years ago.” 1915 was just as interesting, so Green is following up with a second book.
Tales of everyday life in Santa Barbara 100 years ago, based on articles in local newspapers, told with wit and humor.
of Your House
and Your Neighborhood
"Homeowners embarking on the project of researching their house and neighborhood history will find Betsy Green’s book an excellent resource."
--National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Every vintage home has an interesting story to tell. Yours is no exception. Elaborate Victorian mansions, cozy bungalows of the 1920s, and 1950's ranch-style homes -- all have a unique history. It's there waiting to be uncovered. This book is your first step on this journey of discovery. If only your walls could talk! What stories they could tell you?