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Point Conception Lens Exhibit Opening Reception

Saturday September 21, 2013 – Saturday September 21, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013

What: Exhibit Grand Opening Reception ― 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Remarks ― 7:30 pm

Cost: $10 (members), $20 (non-members).

(Complimentary light food and drinks provided)

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In 2012 the United States Coast Guard designated the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum to be the future home of the first order Fresnel lens from Point Conception Lighthouse.  Years of planning and fundraising, a month long disassembly process that included helicoptering glass from Point Conception to Santa Barbara, and an assembling process that took 3 experts 6 weeks to meticulously complete have resulted in an 18 foot, 6000 pound glass masterpiece that will be officially introduced to the Santa Barbara community on September 21, 2013 at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

This event celebrates the efforts of major donors Roger and Sarah Chrisman – who spearheaded the financial aspect of this initiative – Lens expert Jim Woodward and his staff, guidance by the U.S. Coast Guard, Goleta’s Specialty Crane, Aspen Helicopters and Marborg Industries – all who were instrumental in successfully moving the lens, pedestal structure, and foghorn from Point Conception to the museum for installation.

By September 21st, the last phase of the exhibit installation will be completed – a two-story structure that illustrates both lighthouse lens history and how lens technology plays a role in science today. Specifically, the life of the lighthouse keepers, the history of the Point Conception lighthouse, weather and current patterns, shipwreck tales and the use of Fresnel Lens technology today.

The reception will begin open to the community from 7pm – 9pm. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

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Point Conception: Cape Horn of the Pacific Lecture

Thursday September 19, 2013 – Thursday September 19, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Robert Schwemmer

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7 pm
Members only Reception at 6:15 pm
Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).
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Robert Schwemmer’s lecture will provide an overview of the history of the “Cape Horn of the Pacific,” including some early history of the U.S. Coast Survey’s work to determine the latitude and longitude of Point Conception and ultimately their recommendation to construct a lighthouse at the point. Schwemmer will introduce some of the challenges that followed constructing, not one, but two lighthouses staring in 1855 at the cape, as well as sharing accounts of the ships that were lost off the Central Coast’s “Graveyard of the Pacific.”

The lecture is in conjunction with the new Point Conception Lens Exhibit Opening Reception September 21, 2013.

Robert Schwemmer is currently the West Coast Regional Maritime Heritage Coordinator for NOAA-Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He coordinates and conducts archaeological surveys and research for the five National Marine Sanctuaries located along the Pacific West Coast. This work includes recording and mapping submerged sites utilizing SCUBA equipment, submersibles and remotely operated vehicles.

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KEYT News on our Maritime Lens

Monday July 29, 2013 – Wednesday August 14, 2013

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Ready on the Homefront Lecture

Thursday August 15, 2013 – Thursday August 15, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Blackouts, Home Guards, and Axis Attacks in Santa Barbara during WW II

by Ken Hough

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

Cost: Free (members), $5 (non-members).

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Even before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and thrust the United States into World War II, Santa Barbarans had been preparing for the possibility of an attack on their own environs. In February 1942, when an Axis submarine raid tested the city’s carefully constructed security plan, confusion, heroism, and panic followed. This talk looks at how Santa Barbara’s leaders and citizens planned to defend against an invasion in the early 1940s, including the role played by Civilian Defense, the military, and the Home Guard. It will also examine the trials faced by the city when the war actually arrived at our shores.

Kenneth Hough is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently completing his study Rising Sun Over America: Friendship, Fascination and Fear in American Culture Encounters with Japan, 1900-1945, which examines conflicting images of the Japanese in the American imaginary in the early twentieth century. He has spent the last several years researching the Japanese submarine attack on Ellwood in the early days of World War II. He also studies film and military history, and the Cold War. One of his current projects looks at the long history of drones and unmanned aircraft in American culture.

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Commercial Diving Hall of Fame Trophy Opening Reception

Friday July 26, 2013 – Friday July 26, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Sponsored by
Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Friday, July 26, 2013

Open Reception 5:30 – 7:30pm

Cost: Free

To RSVP call (805) 962-8404 x115

On Friday, July 26th the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will open a new exhibit, the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame Trophy. The opening reception, from 5:30 to 7:30, is sponsored by the Association of Diving Contractors International, and is free to the public.  The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, which serves as the West Coast home of the Historical Diving Society, is proud to once again display this memorial to those who pioneered the deep-water commercial diving industry.

Santa Barbara is recognized worldwide as the birthplace of deep-water commercial diving, and continues to be the leading supplier of commercial diving helmets, led by local companies such as Dive Systems International. Many of the 58 inductees listed on the trophy lived or worked in Santa Barbara, including Bev Morgan, Bob Kirby, Bob Ratcliffe, Lad Handelman, Hugh Dan Wilson, Murray Black, and Walter “Whitey” Stephens. The trophy, which is capped by a beautiful Mark V diving helmet, honors divers from all walks of life and represents men and women who have made a recognized and lasting contribution to commercial diving throughout their lifetime.

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Santa Barbara B-24 Disasters Lecture

Thursday June 20, 2013 – Thursday June 20, 2013

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Kardboard Kayak Race

July 12, 2014 – July 12, 2014

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Where: On West Beach across from Sambo’s Restaurant and East of Condor Express

What: Kardboard Kayak Race Team Challenge—Build it & Race it.

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 12:00-3:00pm

Cost: $25 (SBMM members), $30 (non-members).

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Sponsored by Condor Express and Sambo’s Restaurant
Additional Sponsors are Santa Barbara Family Life and Santa Barbara Parent Click

 (Number of Teams are limited, so to guarantee entry, please register early)

Our Kardboard Kayak Race is where teams participate in a battle of wits, design capabilities, and courage! Teams of up to 4 will receive 2 sheets of cardboard, 1 roll of tape, a marker, a utility knife, a yardstick, and one hour to construct a functioning kayak. Then they will be ready to race other teams in their heat, finding out whose design can hold up to the pressure of paddling out to a buoy and back. The Kayak Race is divided into separate heats, with prizes awarded to participants in the Family Fun heat (geared toward family groups where kayak paddlers must be 14 years old or younger) and the Paddling Pros heat (geared toward adult and/or “skilled” competitors). Speed will be the true test!

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in collaboration with Semana Nautica hosts the annual SBMM Kardboard Kayak Race on Saturday, July 12th from 1 – 3 pm (registration: 12pm). Supported by Condor Express, Sambo’s Restaurant, Santa Barbara Family Life and Santa Barbara Parent Click, in addition to, Channel Island Outfitters,  Santa Barbara Sailing Center, and Sushi Go Go.

 

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La Favorita Lecture

Thursday May 16, 2013 – Thursday May 16, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

What: Spanish Period (1769-1821) settling California and the need for shipping supplies along the coast.

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

Cost: Free (members), $5 (non-members).

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Spanish California was lonely and isolated from the rest of the world. To protect its claim on Alta California (or present-day California), the Spanish government built presidios (military posts), missions (church communities), and pueblos (towns) along the coast. These settlements were highly dependent on outside goods. Both the Santa Barbara Presidio (1782) and Mission (1786) received supplies from official government ships that came from the Spanish Naval Department at San Blas, Mexico. La Favorita was one of those ships bringing food, tools, weapons, clothing, cooking utensils, furniture, and ceramics.

Alan Kemp will provide an overview of supplying California with a focus on the early seaborne encounters between the Chumash and Spanish in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Particular attention will be paid to La Favorita, and Jerry Blair’s model of her on exhibit at the museum.

At the time of his retirement in 2004, Alan Kemp was Chief Engineer on U.S. Navy missile propulsion programs for Pratt & Whitney’s Space Propulsion Operations. During the early 1980s he directed engineering consulting services and managed software applications for shipbuilding and marine structures at Control Data Corporation’s Cybernet Services.

Alan now applies his engineering and research skills to reconstructing the sailing vessels and analyzing the maritime operations associated with Hispanic Alta California and the Pacific Northwest Coast. He is a frequent lecturer on maritime topics for the California Mission Studies Association, the Anza Society, California State University Monterey Bay, San Jose State University, California State Parks and numerous central California civic groups. Associations include the California Mission Studies Association, Anza Society, Nautical Research Guild, North American Society of Oceanic History, Captain Cook Society, and Canadian Nautical Research Society.

An avid sailor who has crewed on square-rigged ships and schooners, Alan has a longstanding interest in maritime history and marine illustration. A recent member of the Board of Directors for Monterey History and Art Association and former Research Librarian at the Maritime Museum of Monterey, he is currently a consulting curator for the Museum of Monterey for maritime exhibits. He is also a volunteer docent for California State Parks at the San Juan Bautista Mission Plaza and at the Point Sur Lightstation.

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Tall Ship Bill of Rights Sunset Public Sail

Saturday April 27, 2013 – Saturday April 27, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Tall Ship Bill of Rights

Sunset Public Sail

Saturday, April 27, 2013

4:30 – 6:30 pm
Sunset Sail aboard Tall Ship
Bill of Rights
(boarding at 4:00 pm)
$40 (ages 13 +); Juniors: $19 (ages 4-12)
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Sea Festival

Saturday April 27, 2013 – Saturday April 27, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Hosted by SBMM

 

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

Featuring: Tall Ship Bill of Rights Sunset Public Sail 4:30 – 6:30 pm

When: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 11 am – 4 pm

 

Maritime Fun for the Whole Family  

 

11am – 4 pm

Tall Ship Bill of Rights and SBMM Flagship Ranger Dockside Tours

Chumash Booth with Tomol Paddle at 12 noon

Maritime Arts and Crafts for Kids

Hard Hat Diving Demonstrations

11am – 12 noon

Storytelling by Alan Romain

11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Munger Theater showings

In Memory of Mike deGruy, Underwater Photographer Films:

Sharks on their Best Behavior

Incredible Suckers

Tempest from the Deep

The Octopus Show

12 noon – 3 pm

Learn how to Shuck and Barbecue Oysters on the “Big Green Egg”

by Chuck’s Waterfront Grill

12:30 – 1 pm

Sea Song Sing-a-long in the Children’s Gallery

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Dixie Hicks Band on the patio

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Artist Fish Printing Workshop

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4:30 – 6:30 pm

Sunset Sail aboard Tall Ship

Bill of Rights

(boarding at 4:00 pm)

$40 (ages 13 +); Juniors: $19 (ages 4-12)

Call 805-962-8404 x 115 for tickets

 

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