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Should I Get a Bigger Boat? Sold Out

August 8, 2014 – August 8, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light

July 17, 2014 – July 17, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Exhibit Opening Reception

with Lecture by Willard Thompson

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wine & Cheese Reception 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Lecture 7:00 pm
Cost: Free to the Public
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Sponsored by June G. Outhwaite Charitable Trust, the Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, and John Woodward

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum celebrates the opening of its new exhibit Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light. The opening reception will include a lecture by Willard Thompson about the women who tended the lights on the California coast from 1856 to the start of the 20th century. One was a socialite and another a successful naturalist; One an admiral’s daughter and another a helpless eye witness to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. And one –Julia F. Williams – stayed steadfastly at her post protecting ships coming and going from Santa Barbara for 40 years while the town transitioned from a small enclave of adobe houses to a thriving Victorian American City. Thompson is a member of the Museum’s board of directors and the author of Keepers of the Light, The History of the Point Conception Lighthouse and other books.

Willard Thompson is an award-winning writer, lecturer and historian living in Montecito, California with his wife Jo. His two novels of historical fiction, Dream Helper and Delfina’s Gold, are part of his Chronicles of California trilogy. The Independent Publishers 2009 Book Awards selected Dream Helper for a gold medal as the best fiction in the Western/Pacific Region.

He also wrote the Noticias, Montecito Adobes and the Settlers who Built Them, for the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Other published non-fiction include: Walter Vail — Empire Builder; The Last Cattle Drive; Dividing the Waters; and Running the Big Ditch, an account of a commercial raft running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Thompson is currently president of the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. He is a native of Manhasset, New York and a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

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Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary: California’s Galapagos

July 10, 2014 – July 10, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Tim Hauf

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

When: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

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

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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Tim Hauf will allow us to explore through his photos and knowledge of this wilderness known as the Channel Islands which lie just off the Southern California coast, and learn of the bounty of rare flora and fauna that can be found here and nowhere else on earth. Tim has made 100s of trips to Channel Islands National Park and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, capturing the wonders of the wilderness, rare and endemic species of plants, birds, and land and sea mammals. The park and sanctuary hold a special appeal for Tim—so close to the highly populated California mainland, yet a world apart with each island as well as the surrounding ocean environment holding their own unique qualities.  This is Tim’s third book depicting the beauty of Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.

Growing up on a grain farm and the wide-open prairies of North Dakota gave Tim Hauf an appreciation of the outdoors and nature. His wanderlust started when he was two years old, often wandering across cow pastures accompanied only by his dog. He would go home with lots of stories about what he had found. In later years, he started taking photos of where he had been and of what he had experienced, so he could “show and tell” others of his experiences.

After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in business, Tim moved to California and found work as a financial analyst. With the outdoors beckoning, Tim left his career as a financial analyst and moved to Ventura County in the late 1970s.  Tim found himself working as a ranch foreman, giving him enough time to take up photography. He has been honing his skills ever since.

Tim Hauf has been a professional photographer since the early 1990s. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications throughout the world, including Islands, Sunset, Asia Pacific Travel, Mini-World (Japan), Explore (Canada), Terre Sauvage (France), Dove (Italy), South Africa Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many others. His list of published books include unique destinations such as the Himalaya of Nepal; South America’s remote Patagonia; the rugged wilderness of northern Manitoba, Canada; South Africa’s remarkable World Heritage Sites; Ventura County; and Channel Islands National Park.   In addition to having his work displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions, Tim’s work is also part of the permanent art collection at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital.

A respected photographer he is frequently asked to judge photography competitions and/or give talks and workshops on photography. He is also available for private workshops (group or individual) to destinations around the world.

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A Ghost Story and Other True Tales of Painting by the Sea

June 26, 2014 – June 26, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Hank Pitcher Lecture and Artist Reception

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm
Cost: $40 (SBMM members), $50 (non-members)
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Sponsors: Arts & Letters Cafe, Keith Mautino, and Grace and Frank Spada

Raffle: Everyone who purchases a ticket to the lecture will receive one raffle ticket. We will be raffling off a Hank Pitcher Print titled “The Light at Point Conception,” (value – $1300) and other prizes include signed books by Hank Pitcher and posters. Additional raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

Local artist Hank Pitcher will give a rare presentation featuring images of his work and his process as an artist. Hank will show images of his work, many of which now hang in private collections and are no longer viewable by the public. Proceeds from this presentation, held in conjunction with his current exhibit at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, titled The Light at Point Conception, will support the museum’s future exhibits and tall ship education programs.

Hank Pitcher’s paintings are grounded in a particular sense of place, representing his search for an authentic vocabulary to describe life in Southern California. “The challenge and the desire is to make a genuine, truthful statement,” says the artist. While famous for his iconic surfboard images, the current exhibit at the Maritime Museum includes the Point Conception Lighthouse and surrounding cattle ranch artwork, portraying this far western point as a wild place, with notorious, treacherous waters, strong winds and unpredictable weather.

As a two-year-old, Hank arrived with his parents in Goleta in 1951. With the exception of time in the 70’s in New York working with the great American painter Paul Georges (1923-2002), he has been somewhere near that surf-line, either painting or surfing for more than 60 years. He has been celebrated in more than 20 “solo” U.S. exhibitions, starting here in Santa Barbara, with his first solo exhibition at the legendary Esther Bear Gallery in 1970.

Hank will be introduced by Frank Goss, co-founder and co-owner of Sullivan Goss Gallery, which represents Pitcher’s original art work. Following the presentation in the Museum’s Munger Theater there will be a reception featuring Kaena Winery and hors d’oeuvres by Spices N Rice. Guests receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win Pitcher’s The Light at Point Conception print, valued at $1300.

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Lighthouse Lens Tour and Wine Tastings (May 9)

May 9, 2014 – May 9, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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  • May 9 (may be cancelled if less than 6 attendees are signed up)
  • Recurrence: Also offered for May 23rd
  • Times: 4-5:30PM
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Admission: $30
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  • Venue: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Point Conception Lighthouse First Order Fresnel Lens at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, led by the museum’s Executive Director. This historic, 160-year old, 18-foot tall lens guided mariners around the most dangerous waters along the Pacific Coast for more than 140 years. Tour is followed by a visit to the Maritime Museum’s scenic fourth-floor Crow’s Nest, offering the most scenic views in Santa Barbara, overlooking the Harbor, ocean and the Channel Islands. Then enjoy a flight-tasting by Happy Canyon Vineyards and an Antipasto Platter on the Deck, by the Boats, at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill.

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Tragedy at Honda

May 22, 2014 – May 22, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00pm

What: A newly upgraded exhibit re-opens honoring the twenty-three sailors who lost their lives on September 8, 1923, known as the largest peace-time disaster in U.S. Navy history.

Cost: Free to the Public

Wine and Cheese Reception

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Opening reception sponsored by Steve Epstein and John Woodward

On a foggy night in September 1923 twenty-three U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives as seven Clemson-class destroyers crashed into the jagged rocks at Honda Point, just above Point Arguello. To this day, it is considered the largest naval disaster during peacetime in United States history. This tragedy caused great embarrassment to our Navy, which just fifteen years before had sent the Great White Fleet around the world to demonstrate our naval superiority.

That day Destroyer Squadron Eleven, consisting of fourteen destroyers, was headed from San Francisco to their home base in San Diego. A series of events led to their fate upon the rocks, including the sinking of the SS Cuba at 4:00 a.m. the same morning on San Miguel Island. The destroyer captains feared turning too late, thereby missing the entrance to the Santa Barbara Channel and experiencing the same fate as the Cuba. In addition, the navy had just begun using radio navigation technology, but the lead commander, Captain Watson, did not trust the readings he received, and instead relied on “dead reckoning” to calculate his position. All of this and more led to the fateful decisions made that evening.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s upgraded exhibit, Tragedy at Honda, will honor the lives of those brave sailors who lost their lives that evening, and those who struggled courageously under extreme conditions to keep the loss of life at a minimum. The exhibit features artifacts from the destroyers, photos and aerial footage of the wreck site, and interviews with Gene Bruce, the last living survivor of the tragedy (now passed away) and a telegraph operator working the night of the disaster.

The exhibit is funded by the Outhwaite Foundation and will honor The Writer Family. George Writer’s grandfather, Lieutenant Commander Leslie E. Bratton commanded the USS Stoddert, the last destroyer in the column, and also served as the Judge Advocate at the Court of Inquiry and Court Martial. This exhibit will be part of the revitalized Ed and Helen Wilson Family Military Exhibit.

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Lighthouse Lens Tour and Wine Tasting (Apr 25)

April 25, 2014 – April 25, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Description:

  • April 25 (may be cancelled if less than 6 attendees are signed up)
  • Recurrence: Also offered for May 9th and 23rd
  • Times: 4-5:30PM
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Admission: $30
  • Register below or call 805-962-8404 x115
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Point Conception Lighthouse First Order Fresnel Lens at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, led by the museum’s Executive Director. This historic, 160-year old, 18-foot tall lens guided mariners around the most dangerous waters along the Pacific Coast for more than 140 years. Tour is followed by a visit to the Maritime Museum’s scenic fourth-floor Crow’s Nest, offering the most scenic views in Santa Barbara, overlooking the Harbor, ocean and the Channel Islands. Then enjoy a flight-tasting by Happy Canyon Vineyards and an Antipasto Platter on the Deck, by the Boats, at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill.

 

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A Brief History of Santa Barbara Channel Fisheries

June 19, 2014 – June 19, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Mick Kronman

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

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

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

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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Mick Kronman’s lecture will review the gear types and people that have defined SB fisheries since Native American times.  His talk will draw upon his recently published book, From Hooks to Harpoons: the Story of Santa Barbara Channel Fisheries, the first comprehensive review of our region’s commercial fishing history.  This story—the one Mick will recall—marries tales of fishermen who’ve plied our region with stories of how fishing gear, boats, markets and consumer taste for seafood developed over time.

Mick Kronman grew up in Santa Monica, a great place to snorkel, fish, surf and generally fall in love with the sea.  So, after he received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara, Mick promptly went fishing for 10 years, working his way from passenger-vessel deckhand to licensed captain to commercial fisherman who jigged albacore, hook-and-lined rock cod and harpooned swordfish.

Following his fishing career, Mick worked as a maritime consultant and journalist, publishing over 1,500 stories and earning two national literary awards.  As a consultant, he represented several fishing organizations in regulatory and political arenas.  He also managed several projects in Santa Barbara Harbor, including design and construction of a fishermen’s ice machine and new fish hoist, plus a set of fisheries interpretive plaques that line the port’s breakwater sidewalk.

In May, 2000 Mick took a job as the City of Santa Barbara’s Harbor Operations Manager, which he holds to this day.  The job involves oversight of 10 Harbor Patrol Officers and one Harbor Patrol Supervisor.  He also manages the operations function of a 1,200-slip marina.   For the past 11 years, Mick has served on the Board of Directors of the California Harbor Masters and Port Captains Association (CAHMPC), which has twice named him statewide Harbor Master of the Year.

Mick lives in Goleta with his wife Ginger and their 18-year-old son Cole.

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Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

May 15, 2014 – May 15, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Chet Van Duzer

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

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

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

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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Chet Van Duzer, author of the recent book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps, will trace the history of sea monsters on European maps, beginning with the earliest mappaemundi on which they appear in the tenth century and continuing to the end of the sixteenth century. These sea monsters, whether they are depicted swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, yet they have never been carefully studied. Sea monsters are important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of western conceptions of the ocean. Moreover, the sea monsters depicted on maps can supply important information about the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them. In addition– sea monsters are a lot of fun!

Chet Van Duzer is an Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island, and will return to the Library of Congress to work on special projects in the Geography and Map Division this spring. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps in journals such as Imago Mundi, Terrae Incognitae and Word & Image. He is also the author of Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study, the first detailed analysis of one of the earliest surviving terrestrial globes that includes the New World; and (with John Hessler) Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps. His book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps was published last year by the British Library, and this year the Library of Congress will publish a study of Christopher Columbus’s Book of Privileges which he co-authored with John Hessler and Daniel De Simone. His current book project is the commentary for a facsimile of the 1550 manuscript world map by Pierre Desceliers, which will be published by the British Library.

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Travels with my Uncle Phil: Around the World with the Great White Fleet 1907-09

April 17, 2014 – April 17, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Bernie Schaeffer

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 pm
Members only Reception at 6:15 pm
Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).
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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

As December 1907 approached, one of the most historic around-the-world sea voyages in the history of our country began at Hampton roads, VA.—the Great White Fleet. Theodore Roosevelt was our President. Bernie Schaeffer’s uncle was aboard one of those ships. The inspiration for the presentation came when a family member loaned him the personal log books that Phil Schaeffer kept during the portion of the trip from Hampton Roads to Santa Barbara, CA. The Great White Fleet arrived in Santa Barbara on April 25, 1908 at approximately 4:30 p.m. before eventually heading out across the Pacific. The presentation addresses the many challenges faced during this great adventure.

Bernie Schaeffer was born in Philadelphia PA and grew up in Niagara Falls NY. After graduation from Syracuse University, he served two years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army and subsequently completed his obligation in the U.S. Army Reserves. Two years later he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Connecticut. After working in a child guidance clinic and then as a school social worker at the secondary level, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley. The primary focus of his career was 27 years working in the developmental disabilities field serving in various capacities at Tri-Counties Regional Center in Santa Barbara, including acting director. He has been married to his wife Ruthie for 47 years and has two grown children and two grandchildren living in the Southern California area. Since 2002, his retirement years have included traveling, visiting family, having coffee with numerous friends, spiritual reading, hanging out at the Spectrum gym seven days a week, and volunteering his time to local non-profit organizations. For the past two years he has been Chairman of the Board at Alpha Resource Center.

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