Entries by Cathy Berry

Santa Barbara County Public Libraries – 1920s

The rural, agricultural nature of the county in the 1920s necessitated that, on occasion, books be delivered to the more remote locations by librarians who traveled on horseback. It was not unusual for patrons, as well, to travel to their closest branch of the library on hoof,

Anti-Lynching Crusaders

United States of America – The Anti-Lynching Act On March 29, 2022, United States President Joe Biden  signed the historic Emmett Till Antilynching Act. For the first time in the history of the United States of America, the lynchings of human beings is considered a hate crime. President Biden said, “Lynching was pure terror to […]

Juneteenth – Preserving History While Caring for the People

Juneteenth Santa Barbara Members of Juneteenth Santa Barbara hosted a community event on Sunday, June 19, 2022, commemorating the history and of African-American residents of Santa Barbara County, and looking forward to “Caring for the People” today, and into the future. The City of Santa Barbara, through a grant from the California Office of Historic Preservation, […]

The Prohibition Plum Tree

Volstead was seen as an additional tool for limiting the rights of people of color, the poor, and a large wave of Catholic European immigrants, all of whom were seen as a threat to the “American way of life” of the 1920s.

Motor Rambles and Auto Enthusiasts

With the advent of better roads and more dependable cars, camping became a popular hobby. With little more than a car and some helpful tips, families could travel economically and find enjoyment in Nature, whether for a weekend or a month.