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Santa Barbara, Then & Now Lecture by Neal Graffy

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Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7 pm

Reception for Members at 6:15 pm

$5.00 Non-Member
FREE for Members

Santa Barbara may look like its red-tiled roofs and white stucco walls and buildings have been here forever… but who knows what secrets lurk beneath those facades?  Santa Barbara historian Neal Graffy does! And through the images of Santa Barbara Then and Now, layers of time are peeled back to reveal an earlier Santa Barbara of many different designs and uses.

The side-by-side comparison of the Then & Now images present a fascinating journey through Santa Barbara as it was and as it currently is. Along the way it’s easy to see that every generation gains and loses something they treasure.

This is the only historic presentation that dares to pose the question "Has every building in Santa Barbara been a restaurant at least once in its life?"

“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. Encouraged by the response, more talks were developed; and currently there are twenty different topics that have been presented in well over 300 shows.

Expanding from solo presentations, 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 and nationally on This Old House. 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. His newest book, Santa Barbara Then & Now has just been released. His two previous books are Street Names of Santa Barbara and Historic Santa Barbara.

For fun, he collects Santa Barbara memorabilia, postcards, photographs, plays guitar, enjoys cruising around town in an unrestored 1941 Packard 180 limousine and continues the never-ending search for the perfect bacon burger.

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