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Deakin Conservation Project: Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad in the Spotlight

By Virginia and Robert Guess Edwin Deakin (1838-1923) developed his artistic talents in depicting landscape and architecture scenes before he set out to paint the twenty-one Missions of Alta California. He completed three series in the late 1800s, two in … Continue reading

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A Birthday Celebration

By Monica Orozcco We recently celebrated not one, but two, important birthdays. December 4, 2014, the Feast Day of St. Barbara, marked the 228th anniversary of the founding of Old Mission Santa Barbara. It also marked the launch of a … Continue reading

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We Are Thankful!

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director We are always thankful for all our friends, but during this season we, the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library Board of Trustees and myself, would like to especially thank you all for your support! We have … Continue reading

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Good Friends, Good Food, and Good Art!

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library hosted an open house and reception to thank our sponsors and partners in our Deakin Mission Paintings conservation project, and to provide an opportunity for them and all our friends … Continue reading

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Mentoring A New Generation

Edited by Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director This summer brought SBMAL four amazing interns, Kate Borchard, Rachel Hatcher, Lauren Trujillo, and Brittany Bratcher! These remarkable young women worked in the Archive helping to accomplish several long-term projects. They worked on a … Continue reading

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AAFH Annual Tibesar Lecture at SBMAL

The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library will host the Academy of American Franciscan History’s Annual Tibesar Lecture on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the SBMAL Conference Room. This year’s speaker, Prof. Ellen McCracken will present “Fray Angelico Chavez … Continue reading

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New “Stars” by Which to Navigate

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director In the classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the protagonist observes that trying to navigate on the Mississippi River at night has its challenges. While as Huck (or Twain) notes, “stars and … Continue reading

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We Get By with a Lot of Help From Our Friends: Deakin Project Update

By Monica Orozco We have amazing friends! Thanks to so many wonderful people, our “adopt a mission painting” campaign to find sponsors for conserving the 21 painting of California Missions by Edwin Deakin got off to a tremendous start and … Continue reading

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A Gathering of Friends and Art Lovers

What do you get when you mix art, friends, good conversation, and good food? A wonderful evening at the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library. On May 22, 2014 the Archive-Library hosted approximately 80 people for an evening featuring a presentation by … Continue reading

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Conserving the Art of Early California

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director One of the crown jewels of the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library is a beautiful and historically significant series of oil paintings of the twenty-one Missions of Alta California by Edwin Deakin. It is one of … Continue reading

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