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Rich and layered history of the greater Montecito area.

The Montecito Museum is dedicated to collect, preserve and present materials related to the rich and layered history of the greater Montecito area. Our goals include serving as a repository for local collections, supporting historic research and sharing our fascinating past with the general public.

The Beach Boys brought me from Chicago to California the day after graduation from High School.  In 1968 I was drafted and became a Combat Medic.  Great luck got me assigned to Letterman General Hospital and later AFEES Boston Mass.

While in Boston, I furthered my college at Northeastern University.

I moved to Santa Barbara in 1973.  Having the vision that Computers were the way of the future, I opened Computer Plaza (next to Harry’s Plaza Café) in 1981.  Within 2 years, I had opened Computer Village based in Ventura with 5 other stores.

In 1986, I opened Montecito Video in the Upper Village and bought Summerland Video.

It was Montecito Video where I first met David Myrick.  David was a movie disciple.  We quickly became friends.  David mentored me on several aspects of life in Montecito; Montecito Association, Montecito Foundation, Historical locations, Buildings, Gardens, Events and Personalities.  I was hooked!

At his bedside at Casa Dorinda, David had me scribe his wishes for his massive Archive to be bequest to a newly formed non-profit that became Montecito Historical Archives MHA.

His treasure has been entrusted to MHA as well as his Montecito and Santa Barbara Books l, II, and the manuscript for Book III.

We shall carry his legacy forward.

Marion is an Interior Designer specializing in historic homes in the Santa Barbara area. She grew up in Hope Ranch, has a BFA from California College of Arts, raised her three children in Montecito and has a passion for local history and architecture which she expresses in her work and service to the community. She became friends with David Myrick in 1996 who persuaded her to volunteer at the Montecito Association History Committee for 13 years before becoming curator for 3 years during which she wrote the history column for the Montecito Journal for a few years.

Marion convinced David to leave his local archive in Montecito, thus cofounding the Montecito History Archive.

Kimberly began her career 25 years ago, when she co-founded a real estate agency. From the beginning, she specialized in managing and selling bank owned properties. In 2000, she expanded her real estate career and began renovating homes while continuing to work as a real estate agent. In 2010 she started a consulting agency in Newport Beach while she continued to do her personal real estate projects.

Kimberly is a native Californian, originally from Palos Verdes Estates. After raising her children in Newport Beach, CA she relocated to beautiful Montecito.

She continues her passion for real estate working as a realtor in Montecito, helping people find their dream home. Kimberly is honored to be on the board of directors and is dedicated in preserving the history of Montecito.

The Rev. John Martin, ordained in The United Church of Christ
for 48 years. and has served as Pastor of churches in Santa Cruz, California (Associate Minister),, Glendale’ California (Pastor); Stanford University (Adjunct Minister at Memorial Church); Arvin, California (Pastor); Ventura, California (Pastor).

Graduated from Stanford University 1966 Bachelor of Arts (History); Pacific School of Religion 1969 Master of Divinity 1969; Stanford University, Master of Arts (Religious Studies) 1979

Cofounder Arvin (Kern County) Historical Society 1982; Cofounder Saticoy (Ventura County) Historcial Society 1992

“Delightfully unfettered by convention” pretty much sums up Neal Graffy’s approach to history. Whether it be in print, radio, television, documentary or live, his audiences always find his presentations to be entertaining and fun, yet educational.

Neal first gave voice to history in 1989 when he premiered a slide show talk on Santa Barbara History. Graffy has had numerous appearances on local, state and national radio and TV including Huell Howser’s California Gold, KCET TV’s Life and Times, PBSs City Walk, and nationally on This Old House and C-SPAN’s Cities Tours. He has been featured in several documentaries including the Emmy Award winning Impressions in Time.

He has authored numerous monographs for historical organizations, as well as articles in regional and national publications. He has written three books, Historic Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Street Names and Santa Barbara Then & Now and co-authored a series of “Santa Barbara History Mysteries” (historical fiction), taking place in the early 1900s – A Murder at the Potter Hotel, An Unfortunate Incident at Castle Rock and Our Lady of Sorrows 1782 – 2004. He is currently completing The Great Santa Barbara Earthquake of 1925 – The Disaster That Built a City.

In addition, he worked with the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library to edit and reprint Fr. Maynard Geiger’s God’s Acre, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum editing and adding to Walker A. Tompkin’s Santa Barbara History Makers, and several years with Mr. Tompkins’s widow, Barbara, editing and adding text, photographs and captions to Mr. Tompkins’ unpublished manuscript, The Yankee Barbarenos, (published in 2004). He has also written the forwards to David Petry’s history of the Santa Barbara Cemetery – The Best Last Place and the Goleta Valley Historical Museums’ reprint of Tomkins’ Goleta, the Good Land.        

Neal has served as a Board Member of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, a member (and chairman) of the Santa Barbara County Landmarks Commission, board member of the Mission Canyon Association, Registrar of Marks and Brands and Sheriff of the Santa Barbara Corral of Westerner’s and is a founding member of de la Guerra y Pacheco Chapter One point Five of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.

 

Jim is a fifth generation Barbareño. During the Civil War his great-great-grandmother, Alice Brown, came to California by way of Panama to visit her sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Stephen Olmstead. She stayed to run Montecito’s elementary school. (David Myrick quoted her description of the school in Montecito and Santa Barbara.) Alice and each generation of her family since have fallen in love with the people, land and beauty of Santa Barbara, spending part of their lives here. Today four generations overlook Nidever Hill, where Alice lived while teaching the children of Montecito.

Jim joined the board in 2014, selecting him as much for his love of history and Montecito as for his experience and expertise. Jim’s professional leadership and non-profit corporation experience are extensive. Growing up in Los Angeles, Jim apprenticed in his family’s two century-old practice helping leaders in business, non-profits, academia, government and the professions advance their careers.

On completing undergraduate studies at U. C. Berkeley and Oxford University, Jim led teams that built high tech and consumer business in over 50 countries on six continents. He repeatedly returned to the family firm for short-term personal public relations and corporate board projects.

In 2012 he came full circle, exchanging the business development of product lines for the business development of leaders’ careers and the building of non-profit boards. Following the death of their father, Carl Terzian, Jim and his sister, Charlotte, continue the family’s professional practice. Jim has been active in community and non-profit organizations most of his life. He brings the MHA extensive insights and connections from his other offices, boards and committees, today including Trinity Episcopal Church’s 150th Anniversary committee, CSIX Connect, the Alpha Sigma Building Association, the Cal Alumni Association, the G. Julian Morgan Heraldry and Family Heritage Library, and the Order of St John.  Though most of his work is outside the area, Jim, his wife, Carrie, and their daughter moved to Santa Barbara from Silicon Valley four years ago, and are thrilled to now call Santa Barbara home.

Montecito Historical Archives, Inc.
PO Box 5002, Santa Barbara, CA 93150
(805) 452-9996
info@montecitomuseum.org