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My newest book was featured in the local newspaper.

                                                  My 3-1/2 minutes of fame!


KEYT's star reporter talked to me recently about my latest book:


Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions:

Silent movies made in Montecito


The link to watch it is below: 

The first book in my

silent movie series!



More than 20 movie studios came to the mansions and estates of Montecito, California to film 60+ silent movies.


This 250-page hardcover book details the movies and estates, illustrated with 450 photos.


     Available at bookstores in Santa Barbara (Book Den, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara Company, Santa Barbara Historical Museum Bookshop), and amazon.com. $25


(See link below.)




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.


In 2020, she began writing "The Great House Detective" column for The Santa Barbara Independent weekly paper. Check out her columns here: https://www.independent.com/category/real-estate/the-great-house-detective/


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 author@betsyjgreen.com to arrange a presentation (in person or via Zoom) for your group or organization.


Cover photo: The Potter Hotel is the featured image on the cover because the hotel was sold twice this year.

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1919 – the 6th 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 1919 include:
Our WWI soldiers return home
The Lockheeds build more planes
A "Human Fly" climbs a building on State Street
A Polish-Russian count buys land on the Mesa
Cecil B. DeMille makes a movie on Santa Cruz Island
1500 people dance at the Carrillo Recreation Center
          Ragtime bands play at the new bandshell in Pershing Park
          A king and queen visit SB
                    The year ends with a shootout at the post office 

Read more about this book and others on the BOOKS page of my website.

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