Betsy J. Green

Author & Speaker

The 4th in the Way Back When series. Add it to your collection today!

The history of Santa Barbara's Mesa neighborhood

The 3rd in the series

2nd in the Way Back When series

1st in the Way Back When series


My books

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1917

1917 was the year: A “scissors artist” showed his stuff, a pet monkey terrorized De la Vina Street, the city gained an alligator, the Central Library opened, Monarchs were discovered on the Mesa, women put on pants for the first time, two earthquakes shook things up, “Flying A” celebrated an anniversary, Lutah Maria Riggs won a scholarship, and the young men of Santa Barbara marched off to war. And much, much more.

Available at Chaucer's and Amazon.com. Still only $9.95.




MESApedia

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, the Mesa Bookstore, and amazon.com. $19.95








Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1916

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



Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1915

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.

Available at Santa Barbara Arts, Chaucers, Tecolote Books, the SB Maritime Museum, the SB Historical Museum, the Book Den, and elbarbareno.com $9.95




Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1914

Tales of everyday life in Santa Barbara 100 years ago, based on articles in local newspapers, told with wit and humor.
1914 was the year of: the tango, the 500-year flood, “tidal waves,” stunt pilots, Buffalo Bill, Poncho Villa, Sex at the Arlington Hotel, knee-length bathing suits, the war in Europe, an X-rated movie, Peter-the-movie-dog, Mule Man, Rattlesnake Jim, Flying “A” films, Martha Graham, German warships, Charlie Chaplin, and much more.

Available at Santa Barbara Arts, Chaucers, Tecolote Books, the SB Maritime Museum, the SB Historical Museum, the Book Den, and elbarbareno.com $9.95


Discovering the History 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?
Available at http://www.santamonicapress.com/index.php?page_type=book&page_name=house&show=desc&hide0=excerpt&hide1=author&hide2=reviews&hide5=number5 $14.95








Images of America: Western Springs, Illinois


Nearly 200 vintage photos document the village’s first century, including the early residents, their homes, schools, automobiles, churches, and everyday activities.

Farming families from Germany and New York state were among the first settlers to trudge along the Native American trail -- now Ogden Avenue -- and build their homes on the fertile prairie land that became Western Springs, Illinois.

Today, the village's limestone and brick water tower, built in 1892, still stands as the centerpiece for many village events and celebrations. This book brings to life the evolution of Western Springs from farming village to stately suburb.

Available at https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9780738519517 $21.99


Books

Local history & humor
The fourth book in the series of fun and interesting news in Santa Barbara 100 years ago. Still only $9.95.
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
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.
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"Could be a runaway bestseller!"
--Old-House Journal