Quake! The 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake

Santa Barbara Historical Museum earhtquake exhibit

Run Dates: May 7 - July 8, 2015 ~ Public Opening on May 7, 5-8pm

Boom! At dawn on June 29, 1925, our city shook with a 6.3 earthquake leaving much of downtown destroyed or heavily damaged.

The twin towers of Mission Santa Barbara collapsed, and eighty-five percent of the commercial buildings downtown were destroyed or badly damaged. A failed dam in the foothills released forty-five million gallons of water, and a gas company engineer became a hero when he shut off the city's gas supply, and prevented fires like those that destroyed San Francisco twenty years earlier.

Out of the rubble would come a new Santa Barbara with the headline, "Spanish Architecture to Rise from Ruins."

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Ray Strong: Views of Santa Barbara County

June 4 - August 31

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Holiday Party

In a community-wide celebration, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum will explore the work of artist Ray Strong (1905-2006). As a founding member of the Oak Group, Strong influenced an entire generation of landscape painters in Santa Barbara County.

Exhibition sponsored by Marlene & Warren Miller, John C. Woodward, Dorothy & Ashleigh Brilliant and Louise Clark & John Carbon