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The Peaceful Sea: Paintings by Kevin A. Short

Santa Barbara, CA. July 7, 2022 –  Continuing its celebration of coastal living, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) presents ...
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Paddle Out for SBMM: Celebrating the Santa Barbara Channel

Join us for the second annual Paddle Out for SBMM fundraiser onSaturday, June 11, from 1:00-4:00 pm at Leadbetter Beach. ...
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Surfer and the Sage: A Guide to Survive and Ride Life’s Waves

With Shaun Tomson and Noah benShea Santa Barbara, CA. May 1, 2022 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) will ...
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CURATOR’S LOG: Looking Up and Back 104 years

By Rita Serotkin Have you ever looked up at the museum’s main ceiling and noticed a seaplane flying high above? ...
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“A Whale of a Tale”- News Release

See the Undersea World Through the Eyes of a Child Opening At the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum April 14, 2022 ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents: “Santa Barbara Channel’s Whales and Their Climate Connection”- News Release

A Free Zoom Webinar with Marine Biologist Holly S. Lohuis News Release Rita Serotkin (805) 456 5865 rserotkin@sbmm.org Santa Barbara, ...
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Whales Are Superheroes!-News Release

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Opens Newest Permanent Exhibit April 14 NEWS RELEASE Contact: Rita Serotkin (805) 456-5865 rserotkin@sbmm.org The Santa Barbara ...
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The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents The Wonder of Whales: Two Artists’ Perspectives-News Release

Featuring the Work of John Baran and Kelly Clause News Release Rita Serotkin (805) 456 5865 rserotkin@sbmm.org Santa Barbara, CA. ...
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Whales Are Superheroes! Saving the Planet One CO2 Molecule at a Time – News release

Student Art Opening at SBMM on April 14  NEWS RELEASE Contact: Rita Serotkin (805) 456-5865 rserotkin@sbmm.org  Santa Barbara, CA. March ...
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Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, Wapama and Vaerdalen

Santa Barbara, CA. February 1, 2022 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is pleased to present “The Ships That ...
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The Sweetest Partnership:

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum To Partner With Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast in Offering Cookies On The Patio! Santa ...
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CALLING ALL ARTISTS IN GRADES K-6!

There’s Still Time for children in Grades K-6 to Send Us Ocean-Related Art for a Unique Immersive Experience at Santa ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents “They Came, They Saw, They Shelled” A Free Zoom Webinar on February 17.

Niel Graffy in his home office Santa Barbara, CA. January 15, 2022 – On February 23, 1942, at 7:15 pm, ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Seeks Docents!

Classes Began January 8, 2022 Santa Barbara, CA. December 27, 2021 - Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Nationally Recognized and Accredited by American Alliance of Museums

(Santa Barbara, CA. July 15, 2021) — The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) Board of  Directors is pleased to announce ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Holds Open House Information Session for Prospective Docents!

Santa Barbara, CA. November 19, 2021 - Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people from  California, across the US, ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Receives Grant for Marketing Plan Development from the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture

Santa Barbara, CA. November 17th, 2021 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is pleased to announce that it has ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Store to Host Special Sundays

Santa Barbara, CA. November 12, 2021 - The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) Store is  planning an exciting Sunday schedule ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths & Legends – Photography by Ralph A. Clevenger & Friends

Santa Barbara, CA. October 1, 2021 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the long-awaited re-opening of ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents Mermaid Sightings in the Harbor A Unique Mermaid Event for All Ages!

Santa Barbara, CA. October 15, 2021 – In conjunction with the opening of its upcoming exhibit, Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths ...
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Photo of Antique Surfboards - Photo With a Mermaid & Mermaid Sighting - Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Event

The Deeper Dive Series: Renny Yater, Heritage 1885-1959

In this fascinating video, legendary surfer and surfboard shaper Renny Yater and acclaimed artist John Comer discuss the history of ...
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Island Visions: A 7-Year Labor of Love by Local Brothers +40 More

Island Visions: A 7-Year Labor of Love by Local Brothers +40 More A presentation with Jacob Seigel Brielle and Isaac Seigel-Boettner

Santa Barbara, CA, October 9, 2021 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is proud to present “Island Visions," a ...
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Ship Model of the Ranger, a Historical Fishing Yacht in Santa Barbara

CURATOR’S LOG: A New Working Model of the Ranger

By Rita Serotkin This past month, a new but familiar looking boat sailed into the museum to take its place ...
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CURATOR’S LOG: Ships’ Bells & The Long Journey of the Henry Wilson’s Bell

By Rita Serotkin The Henry Wilson ship’s bell One of the newest artifacts in SBMM's collection is a ship's bell ...
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American Alliance of Museums - Accredited Museum

CURATOR’S LOG: What Does Accreditation Mean, How Will It Benefit the Museum, and What Did the Museum Have to Do to be Accredited?

By Rita Serotkin After more than three years of preparation and submitting its formal application, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ...
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Two Santa Barbara County Museums Receive Prestigious Sustainability Awards from California Agencies

Santa Barbara, CA. August 9, 2021 - The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) and the Wildling Museum of Art and ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents Girls in Ocean Science (GiOS), A Conference for Future Scientists Sponsored by Steinmetz Family Foundation

Santa Barbara, CA. July 28, 2021 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is pleased to  announce its Inaugural Girls ...
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SBMM Presents: “Images of Our Rekindled Maritime Community,” an Online & In-Person SCAPE Art Show and Sale to Benefit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Theresa Ann, Ray Hunter, First Prize 2020 SCAPE Art Show & Sale Cove at Cambria, Rick Garcia. Second Prize 2020 ...
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Martha Donelan, Santa Barbara Maritme Museum

Martha Donelan Named New Director of Development by Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Santa Barbara, CA. June 18, 2021 - The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is delighted to announce that Martha Donelan ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents A Deeper Dive Lecture on Richard Henry Dana and Santa Barbara

When: Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7 pm, online via Zoom The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) presents the lecture ...
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Celebrating the Santa Barbara Channel: World Champion Surfer & Event Honoree Shaun Tomson Leads Paddle Out for SBMM

Where: Leadbetter Beach, Santa BarbaraWhen: Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 1:00-4:00 pm For those who couldn’t make it to Leadbetter ...
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Online: Detecting and Capping Leaking Oil Wells in Summerland Webinar

A Zoom presentation by photographer and filmmaker Harry Rabin and an expert panel including Mike Giuliani, Hillary Hauser, and David ...
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CURATOR’S LOG: A visit to the Kieding Collections Chandlery and conversation with Collections Manager Lydia Kaestner

By Rita SerotkinLast month, I explored what it means to be a curator and introduced you to SBMM’s own curator, ...
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SBCPHD Mobile Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

THURSDAY IN THE HARBOR: GET VACCINATED AT SBMM & VISIT THE MUSEUM FOR FREE! MAY 27, 2021, 9:30-11:15am Where: Santa ...
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An Exciting Exhibit of Surfboards, Paintings and Historic Photographs

Heritage, Craft & Evolution: Surfboard Design 1885 - 1959 Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa BarbaraWhen: Thursdays ...
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ECHOES OF THE SANTA CRUZ ACOUSTIC RANGE FACILITY WEBINAR │A Zoom presentation by Dave Schiefen, Richard Hegeman and Lloyd Sorensen

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara (online)When:  Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00pmCost: Free, but registration ...
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CURATOR’S LOG: What Is a Curator & What Do They Do?

A Conversation with Curator Emily Waingrow Falke by Rita SerotkinIn this Curator’s Log entry, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s Curator Emily ...
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SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUM TO REOPEN THIS THURSDAY MARCH 18, 2021

Featuring Four New Exhibits and Covid Safety Protocols; Museum Store and Outdoor Visitor Center Also OpenSince the Santa Barbara Maritime ...
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New 5-year Strategic Plan and 2019-2020 Annual Report now online: Part of the Museum’s National Accreditation Process

(Santa Barbara, CA. March 7, 2021) As part of a national accreditation process, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) staff, trustees ...
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Flagship Society: Planned Giving Tip

Donor advised funds are gaining popularity as one of the most tax efficient ways to give to nonprofits.  These funds ...
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General & Biosecurity Program updates for Channel Islands National Park │A Zoom Webinar Presentation with Ethan McKinley & Juliana Matos

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara (online)When: Thursday, March 18, 2021  7:00pmCost: Free, but webinar registration is required at ...
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SHARON GREEN – EXPOSED│ A Virtual Multimedia Experience with Ultimate Sailing

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara (online)When: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00pmCost: Free, but registration ...
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The Ranger - Classic Fishing Yacht

Curator’s Tour of the Classic Yacht: Ranger

By Rita SerotkinYou’ve probably seen her at her berth in front of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and leading the ...
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Curator’s Log: Maritime on the Move – Developing an Education Program

by Rita SerotkinAs you may know, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s (SBMM) Education Programs encourage curiosity through exhibits, experiential learning, ...
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The Deeper Dive Series: 93-Letters from Marge with Heather Hudson, Episode 4

Take a deeper dive with The Women and the Waves 1 & 2 filmmaker, Heather Hudson, in Episode 4 of ...
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Curator’s Log: Patti Jacquemain & SBMM’s Children’s Gallery Mosaic Mural

Credit: Rita Serotkin About the Mural How many times have you walked through the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and past ...
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Curator’s Log: Arthur Beaumont: Art of the Sea │ A Curator’s View

Credit: Rita Serotkin Back in 2019, The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum was offered an exciting opportunity—the chance to host Arthur ...
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SBMM’s Executive Director Greg Gorga presents History & Travels of Point Conception Lighthouse Lens

Our January 21 presentation "Arthur E. Beaumont: Art of the Sea" has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021. In ...
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The Deeper Dive Series: Stearns Wharf, Historical Gateway to Santa Barbara with Neal Graffy, Episode 3

Virtually locked by mountains at either end, Santa Barbara has long looked to the sea for food, trade, and supplies. ...
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SBMM ANNOUNCES ITS NEWEST PROGRAM—NOW IN ENGLISH & SPANISH! MARITIME ON THE MOVE

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s (SBMM) Education Programs encourage curiosity through exhibits, experiential learning, and community outreach with special emphasis ...
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Ernie Brooks Tribute

Ernest Brooks II, one of America’s true pioneering underwater photographers, and Historical Diving Society USA (HDS) Advisory Board members, passed ...
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Flagship Society: Planned Giving Tip

IRA Beneficiary– the easiest way to leave a legacy for the Museum Many people have an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) ...
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MUSEUM STORE HAS SOME “SPECIAL” SHOPPING DAYS ON THE HORIZON

Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2020—12 noon-5pm Museum Store Sunday, November 29, 2020—12 noon-5pm & Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020 ...
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The Deeper Dive Series: The North American Galapagos – The Historic Channel Islands Biological Survey, Episode 2 

In episode two of The Deeper Dive Series, Corinne Heyning Laverty, research associate and fellow at the Natural History Museum, ...
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The Passing of Our Dear Friend & Long-Time SBMM Supporter Ernie Brooks

Dear SBMM Friends, It is with the greatest sadness that I report the passing of our dear friend and long-time ...
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93 Letters from Marge

The Women and The Waves: 93-Letters from Marge

The Women and The Waves: 93- Letters from Marge A Film Screening & Q&A—Zoom Webinar presentation by The Women and ...
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Curator’s Log: First Order Fresnel Lens from the Point Conception Lighthouse

Credit: Rita Serotkin Photo credit: Dennis Schuett On October 18, 1542, as Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo explored the California ...
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THE SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUM’S OUTDOORS VISITOR CENTER AND GIFT SHOP ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU BACK!

Since the day we closed our doors on March 13, the staff of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum have been ...
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Love Letters to the Sea

SBMM Announces Its Newest Exhibit & Online Program: LOVE LETTERS TO THE SEA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Education Department (805) 962-8404 education@sbmm.org SBMM Announces Its Newest Exhibit & Online Program: LOVE LETTERS TO THE ...
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ARTHUR BEAUMONT: Art of the Sea

Art Exhibit of Original Naval Paintings Traveling to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in December! Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, ...
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Interview with Santa Barbara filmmaker Heather Hudson: 93 – Letters from Marge

Greg Gorga, our Executive Director, had the opportunity to speak with Santa Barbara filmmaker Heather Hudson before our film screening ...
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Curator’s Log: Love Letters to the Sea

Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, SBMM’s Education Programs have continued to encourage curiosity through exhibits, experiential learning, and community outreach by ...
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Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest Winner: Megan Waldrep

Quick & Easy Lobster Salad You Can’t Mess Up By Megan Waldrep Ingredients Steamed lobster tails Romaine lettuce Mayo Worcestershire ...
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Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest Winner: Juliette Verstaen

Rockfish “Poisson Cru” By  Juliette Verstaen Ingredients ¾ cup of fresh lime juice (approx. 12 limes) 6 tbsp canned coconut ...
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Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest Winner: Sarah Meuser

Autumn Harvest Spiced Salmon By Sarah Meuser Makes 2 servings Ingredients for Apple Cider-Infused Roasted Grape and Parsnip Puree 2 ...
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Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest Honorable Mention: Giorgia Troiani and Angelo Lucia

Swordfish and Cherry Tomato Pasta By Giorgia Troiani & Angelo Lucia Makes 2 servings Ingredients 1 tablespoons of pine nuts ...
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Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest Winner: Lauren Winnewisser

“Might be the Best Dinner I’ve Ever Made” Ginger, Garlic, Agave & Lime Black Cod with Black Beans & Brown ...
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Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest Winner: Ethan Clark

Ginger-Apple Halibut with Chili & Guava By Ethan Clark Ingredients 2 lbs. fresh wild-caught, local California Halibut 1/2 cup organic ...
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Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest Honorable Mention: Linda Tappeiner

Cioppino By Linda Tappeiner Ingredients for Cioppino 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves minced garlic ½ to ¾ cup minced ...
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The Passing of Commercial Diving Legend and SBMM Dear Friend Lad Handelman

On behalf of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, it is with the greatest sadness that I report the passing of ...
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The Deeper Dive Series: Ralph Clevenger’s Mermaid Exhibit, Episode 1

Introducing The Deeper Dive Series as our newest effort to provide unique educational programs and preserve our maritime heritage. It ...
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ONLINE: THE HISTORY OF SANTA BARBARA’S WATERFRONT

(© Photo by: Paul Wellman, SB Independent) ONLINE: THE HISTORY OF SANTA BARBARA’S WATERFRONT A Zoom Webinar presentation by Neal ...
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Interview with Neal Graffy: The History of the Santa Barbara Waterfront

Greg Gorga, our Executive Director, had the opportunity to speak with Neal Graffy before our October 15 lecture. (© Photo ...
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Curator’s Log: Our 2 Echo Periscope

The following article by Catherine French, an SBMM Volunteer, Founding Donor and freelance author, first appeared in the March/April 2000 ...
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Estate Planning: Naming a Charity as Beneficiary of Your IRA

Due to recent changes under the SECURE Act, most IRA beneficiaries (accept for spouses) will now need to withdraw all ...
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Cooking with our Curator: Red, Yellow & Orange Tomato, Shrimp & Avocado Gazpacho

Red, Yellow & Orange Tomato, Shrimp & Avocado Gazpacho for SBMM's Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest "I buy my seafood from Get ...
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FISHING FOR THE FUTURE: Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival announces a silent auction on Instagram

FISHING FOR THE FUTURE: Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival announces a silent auction on Instagram to Benefit ...
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The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents Inna Blokhina’s Documentary SHE IS THE OCEAN

 For Immediate Release: Los Angeles, September 23, 2020 Contact: Susan@360degreecomm.net The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Presents: Inna Blokhina’s Documentary, SHE ...
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Curator’s Log: A Matter of Scale

One of the common questions visitors ask on seeing the Brooks models is “What scale is that?”  Sometimes they ask ...
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SBMM ANNOUNCES SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD RECIPE CONTEST

SBMM ANNOUNCES SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD RECIPE CONTEST LET’S GET COOKING! WHO: Open to families, couples, and individuals 14 years or older; ...
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Interview with DR. Chris Lowe- CSU-LB Shark Lab

Greg Gorga, our Executive Director, had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Chris Lowe before the September 17th lecture. What ...
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Curator’s Log: Sea Mew – The Little Boat With A Long History

(Log credit: John Hill, Docent. Article clipping reference: Morning Press, Volume L, Number 202, 26 May 1922) Every sailor remembers ...
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Curator’s Log: And the Award Goes To…

(Log credit: John Hill, Docent) After seeing the Brooks models visitors often ask which one is biggest, fastest, most complicated, ...
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ONLINE: North America’s Galapagos The Historic Channel Islands Biological Survey

ONLINE: North America’s Galapagos The Historic Channel Islands Biological Survey A Zoom Webinar Presentation by Corinne Heyning Laverty, research associate ...
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Curator’s Log: Santa Barbara Lighthouse, Julia Williams

Julia Williams Lighthouse Keeper 1865-1905 (Log credit: John Hill, Docent) Julia, who was born in New Brunswick, Canada, followed her ...
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Cake Contest Winners

After some baking and lots of deliberation, we are delighted to announce our 20th Birthday Cake Contest Winners. The following ...
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Interview with Corinne Heyning Laverty, author North America’s Galapagos- The Historic Channel Islands Biological Study

Greg Gorga, our Executive Director, had the opportunity to speak with Corinne before the August 20th lecture. How did you ...
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Help Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Celebrate Its 20th Birthday on July 29th — Virtually!

HELP SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUM CELEBRATE ITS 20TH BIRTHDAY ON July 29--VIRTUALLY! "From a Preview Center in a small room ...
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Curator’s Log: Dwight Brooks Rapture

Discover and explore SBMM's online Dwight Brooks Model Boat Collection by clicking here. (Log credit: John Hill, Docent) Most modeling ...
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ONLINE: Recovery of White Sharks off California and What This Means for Coastal Communities

ONLINE: Recovery of White Sharks off California and What This Means for Coastal Communities A Zoom Webinar presentation by Dr. ...
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SBMM 20th ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL ART SHOW & SALE

SBMM 20th ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL ART SHOW & SALE: Online SCAPE Art Show and Sale to Benefit the Santa Barbara Maritime ...
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Dwight Brooks Ship Models

Dwight Brooks Online Model Collection to Open on July 29th!

CELEBRATING SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUM’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: The Exciting Online Dwight Brooks Model Collection to Open on July 29th!  In ...
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ONLINE: The Goleta Kelp Reef Restoration Project

ONLINE: The Goleta Kelp Reef Restoration Project Presentation by Chris Goldblatt, Founder & Executive Director, Fish Reef Project, A Zoom ...
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Maritime on the Move

SBMM ANNOUNCES ITS NEWEST PROGRAM: MARITIME ON THE MOVE

 SBMM ANNOUNCES ITS NEWEST PROGRAM: MARITIME ON THE MOVE The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s (SBMM) Education Programs encourage curiosity through ...
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SBMM’s Annual Kardboard Kayak Race: A Family Fun Event!

SBMM’s Annual Kardboard Kayak Race: A Family Fun Event! The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is excited about hosting the 18th ...
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John Brinker Board Member

John Brinker Joins the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Board of Directors

MEDIA ALERT- For Immediate Release Media Contact: Greg Gorga (805) 456-8742, ggorga@sbmm.org Don Barthelmess, President of the Board of Directors, ...
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SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ITS FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL GALA AND ONLINE AUCTION—Opening May 29!

SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ITS FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL GALA AND ONLINE AUCTION—Opening May 29! The ...
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Tropical Chill

Our Curator, Emily Falke, created this dessert recipe for our Surf the Big Wave fundraiser. Stay cool with this summery ...
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Hang Loose Real McCoy Rum Cocktail

Our Curator, Emily Falke, created this cocktail recipe for our Surf the Big Wave fundraiser using Real McCoy Rum. Toast ...
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Dearest Minnie: A Sailor's Story

Dearest Minnie: A Sailor’s Story

Dearest Minnie: A Sailor’s Story A presentation about Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet as told by Leslie Compton, through historic ...
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Interview with Leslie Compton, author of Dearest Minnie: A Sailor’s Story

Greg Gorga called Leslie to have a conversation about her book, Dearest Minnie: A Sailor's Story and asked her some ...
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Cooking with Our Curator

It's almost Mother's Day. When Emily Falke, our Deputy Director & Curator, isn't designing, installing, and hanging our captivating exhibits, she's ...
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Santa Barbara Mermaids Exhibit

Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths and Legends through Photography

Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths and Legends through Photography by Ralph Clevenger and some of his friends Art Exhibit Opening and ...
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Interview with Teresa Newton-Terres, author of Mystery of the Marie 

In light of The Mystery of the Marie lecture being canceled, Greg Gorga, our Executive Director, interviewed Teresa Newton-Terres over ...
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Teresa Newton-Terres

The Mystery of the Marie

The Mystery of the Marie Presentation by Teresa Newton-Terres, PMP® Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara ...
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We The Voyagers - Our Moana

We the Voyagers: Our Moana

We the Voyagers: Our Moana Film Screening and Q & A with Mimi George, PhD, a cultural anthropologist and sailor ...
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The Ranger - Classic Fishing Yacht

RANGER HAS REJOINED THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLEET OF THE CLASSIC YACHT ASSOCIATION

RANGER HAS REJOINED THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLEET OF THE CLASSIC YACHT ASSOCIATION The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is thrilled ...
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Santa Barbara Non Profit of the Year

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum named Non-Profit of the Year

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum named Non-Profit of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region! Santa ...
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Dwight Hwang Fish Prints

Fishing with Paper & Ink: Nature Prints Demonstration

Fishing with Paper & Ink: Nature Prints Demonstration by Dwight Hwang with Commentary by Emily Miller Where: Santa Barbara Maritime ...
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Keepers of the Light: The History of the Point Conception Lighthouse

Keepers of the Light: The History of the Point Conception Lighthouse - Reading and discussion with local author, Willard Thompson ...
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Dwight photo

Fishing with Paper & Ink

Nature Prints Demonstration by Dwight Hwang with Commentary by Emily Miller Where: SBMM, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, ...
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Willard and Greg

Keepers of the Light

The History of the Point Conception Lighthouse Reading and Discussion with local author, Willard Thompson Where: SBMM 113 Harbor Way, ...
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Don Barthelmess to Receive 2020 NOGI Sports and Education Award!

Don Barthelmess to Receive 2020 NOGI Sports and Education Award! The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is very proud to ...
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Dave Denniston: A Celebration of Life

Dave Denniston: A Celebration of Life Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Saturday, February 1, ...
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Kieding Collections Chandlery

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Turns 20 and Renames its Collections Facility “Kieding Collections Chandlery!”

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Turns 20 and Renames its Collections Facility “Kieding Collections Chandlery!”  The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) ...
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Kieding Collections Chandlery

On January 9th, SBMM renamed its Collections Facility, the Kieding Collections Chandlery, in honor of one of its founders. Robert ...
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The Future of Seafood Under Climate Change

The Future of Seafood Under Climate Change Lecture by Christopher M. Free, Ph.D. Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor ...
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Dave Denniston

Dave Denniston

Dave Denniston: A Celebration of Life Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Saturday, February 1, ...
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EXPO: Alternative Uses of the Oil Platforms – Tabling and Presentations

Hosted by SBMM and Sponsored by Scott Newhall and Chevron Marketing Sponsor: Exxon/Mobil Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor ...
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Marine Mammals, Sentinels of Ocean Health Lecture by Dr. Samuel Dover

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm Doors open to ...
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Fishing with Paper & Ink: Nature Prints by Dwight Hwang & Eric Hochberg Art Exhibit Opening and Artists’ Reception

Where: SBMM, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 5:00-6:00 pm Artists’ Reception, Members only. 6:00-7:00 pm, ...
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SPIRIT OF DANA POINT TALL SHIP OVERNIGHT EDUCATION PROGRAM served over 400 fourth-grade students

SPIRIT OF DANA POINT TALL SHIP OVERNIGHT EDUCATION PROGRAM served over 400 fourth-grade students from 20 classrooms and 12 schools ...
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The Real Shark Week

Greg Gorga, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Don Barthelmess, President of the Board of Directors, recently ...
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SBMM’s Marine Science Education Program Partners with Coral Sea

For the fifth year in a row, SBMM will partner with a local sport-fishing vessel (Coral Sea)  this winter (2020) ...
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Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Dockside Tour & Public Sail During the Harbor & Seafood Festival

Where:  Santa Barbara Harbor, 132 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship will be docked at the ...
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Wine & Seafood Pairing during the Harbor and Seafood Festival

Where: SBMM Patio, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12 noon – 3pm Cost:    $30 Advanced ...
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The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island Film Screening

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00pm             Doors open ...
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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in collaboration with Ocean Institute hosts the 19th Annual Spirit Program for local Fourth Grade Students

SPIRIT OF DANA POINT TALL SHIP OVERNIGHT EDUCATION PROGRAM For the Month of October 2019, the Tall Ship Spirit of ...
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Teen Cookoff

Teen Cook Off a Success

Congratulations to all involved! Edhat article.
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Unmanned Tech for Ocean Protection Lecture by CDR Matthew Pickett

Lecture by CDR Matthew Pickett, NOAA (Ret) and President, Oceans Unmanned Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa ...
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Teen Cookoff

Sustainable Seafood Teen Cook-off

Reception, Competition, and Q&A with the chefs Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Sunday, September ...
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Mermaids & Buccaneers: A day of family fun at the Harbor

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, 211 ...
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Sea Glass PopUp! Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival Preview

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Patio, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Sunday, August 18, 2019, 10:00am-5:00 pm Cost: Free ...
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Rum Raiser ad

SBMM Hosts Rum Raiser

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Sunday, August 11, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm Fundraiser featuring rum ...
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Santa Barbara’s Rum-Running Past

Maritime Museum Exhibit and Fundraiser Celebrate Bootlegging Legends
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A WORLD OF BLUE Lecture by Holly S. Lohuis

Creating a More Ocean Literate Society through Marine Education Lecture by Holly S. Lohuis Where:            Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, ...
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Tribes on the Edge Film Screening followed by Q&A with Céline Cousteau

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019; doors open at 6:30pm, film ...
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IMAGES OF OUR MARITIME COMMUNITY: SCAPE Art Show and Sale to Benefit SBMM

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 1-8pm; 5-8pm Reception Thursday, ...
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Drain the Oceans: Buried Secrets of the Gold Rush

National Geographic Channel’s “Drain the Oceans,” aired a new episode on July 1st titled “Buried Secrets of the Gold Rush.” ...
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Sea Mew

Our David T. Nidever Sea Mew is headed to Harbor Marineworks to be repainted and cleaned up.
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Diving the Island of Stone Money: The pristine reefs and fascinating history of Yap

Lecture by Steven Trainoff, Ph.D. Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, July 11, 2019 ...
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SBMM’s Annual Kardboard Kayak Race: A Family Fun Event!

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is excited about hosting the 17th annual Kardboard Kayak Race Team Challenge, in conjunction with ...
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UMIJOO: Book Reading & Signing With Author Casson Trenor

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara - On the Patio When: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 1:00-2:30 ...
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Exploring New Territory at the Bottom of the Ocean

Images and video clips  from the ROV trip last week with MARE (Marine Applied Research & Exploration ) on the ...
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Recovery and Demise of Marine Protected Areas in the Channel Islands Lecture by Dirk Rosen

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:00pm Doors open to ...
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WORLD OCEANS DAY, June 8, 2019

“Together we can protect and restore our ocean” Come down to the harbor! Join SBMM and Lost Art of Love ...
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The Adventure of a Lifetime: Exploring the Deep Sea Aboard the E/V Nautilus Lecture by Melissa Baffa

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm Doors open ...
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Tribute to Jean Schuyler

This past week, SBMM, and all of Santa Barbara, lost an amazing member of our community when Jean Schuyler passed ...
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Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana a presentation by Robin Lloyd

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00pm Doors open to ...
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Rum Running, Sailors & Prohibition Exhibit Opening & Reception

Where: SBMM, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, April 18, 2019, 5:00-6:30 pm Reception featuring light snacks and rum ...
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Join SBMM for USO Stars & Stripes: A 1940’s Themed Evening

Annual Fundraiser supporting Education Programs and Exhibits at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Honoring Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation and the Santa ...
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New Docents

Our new docents are ready to guide our group tours.
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The Refugio Incident: A Wildlife Responder’s Perspective: Lecture by Elaine Ibarra  

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00pm Cost:    $10 (SBMM ...
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Family Night at the Maritime Museum – Channel Islands

WHEN:            Wednesday, February 27, 2019   4:00 pm – 7:00 pm WHERE:         SBMM 113 Harbor Way, Santa ...
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Great Whites & Mermaids: The Underwater Photography of Ralph A. Clevenger

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00pm Cost:    $10 (SBMM ...
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Fifty Years Ago Today Changed The World

A blowout off the coast of Santa Barbara 50 years ago not only galvanized the community and state but led ...
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The 1969 Blowout and the Birth of the Environmental Movement: Recollections and Observations of an Environmental Elder A conversation with Marc McGinnes

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00pm Doors open to ...
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