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A monthly collaboration of Santa Ynez Library and the SYV Historical Museum

Brighty of the Grand Canyon

by Marguerite Henry

Saturday May 21  
1 pm
SYV Historical Museum

A free program for children 7-12 Families welcome

Please call to reserve a spot!

Stories by the Stagecoach brings history to life! Each month we’ll read from an historical novel for children, talk about the young people of that time and place, and do a craft. Afterwards, explore the museum and the historic Santa Ynez library next door.

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(805) 688-7889 or email:


  Facility Rental
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  Mourning Glory
  The West on Wood
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  Dressed to Impress
  Willy Chamberlin Tribute
  Samurai – Warrior
    Horsemen of Japan
  Golden Age of California
    Women's City Fashions
  Rolling Through the West
  Shining through the
  Uncorked: The Evolution
    of Wine in the SY Valley
  Kimono: Traditions,
    Pattern and Symbolism
  Quilts of Family School
  SYVCH Pictorial History
 Walking Through History
  Hats on Parade

   Women's Fashions in the
    Baby Boomer Era
  Valley Views/Layers
  A Baby Boomer Christmas
  From Painted Caves to
    Mission Arches
  Vintage Wedding Dresses
  Ronald Reagan
  Quilting Thru the Ages
  Down on the Farm
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  Volunteer Opportunities


Art of the West from the private collections of Valley residents

On Exhibit

June 4 - September 5, 2016

Exhibit Opening and Reception

Saturday, June 4   5:30-7:30 pm

$10 for Museum members    $15 for non-members

Admission at the gate or here online (see below)

Join us for the opening of our newest exhibit “Borrowed Borein” Art of the West from the private collections of Valley resident and the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

This newest exhibit opens on Saturday, June 4 with a reception and talk on Edward Borein and his art by Bill Reynolds, who has studied and written extensively about Borein (1872-1945), the Santa Barbara artist nicknamed “the cowpuncher artist” by his friends and colleagues.

This exhibit, comprised of Borein art from the private collections of Santa Ynez Valley residents and special collections from the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, will provide the viewing public an opportunity to see the wide variety of artistic accomplishments achieved by Edward Borein – from his prolific etchings that he is best known for to his vivid watercolors and rare oil paintings of the American West.

Ed Borein was passionate about preserving the American West before it faded away. After settling in Santa Barbara in his later years, he made it his mission to document the West – every animal, rider, gear and culture – before it disappeared. He wanted the West to be viewed as it truly was and from the perspective of one who had lived in it and loved it. He drew much of his subject material from the outlying ranches of Santa Barbara County.

Our Valley collectors invite you to view a few of their Ed Borein collection pieces in the Historical Museum’s new art gallery space.

Borrowed Borein Exhibit Opening



SANTA YNEZ DAY and Spaghetti Western Dinner & Dance!!

Saturday, June 11 201

Looking for some good family fun? …then don’t miss the 8th ANNUAL Santa Ynez Day "Spaghetti Western Dinner & Dance" at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum on Saturday, June 11, 5 pm – 8:30 pm. Come on out for a hearty spaghetti and meatball dinner prepared by the acclaimed Tattoria Grappolo Restaurant.

Museum gates will open at 5 pm and patrons can enjoy popcorn, peanuts and a no-host bar followed at 6 pm by a buffet dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, green salad, garlic bread and dessert. “Territorial Law” will keep the party going with their Western and oldies dance music.

After dinner there will be plenty of time for dancing with your favorite guy or gal. This popular dinner and dance keeps Santa Ynez Day rockin’ into the evening! Everyone is invited to share in the fun. This is a community event for the entire Santa Ynez Valley!

Tickets for the “Spaghetti Western Dinner & Dance” are available here online, at the Historical Museum, the museum booth at SY Day and at the gate. Tickets for hearty dinner and dance are only $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Kids 5-12 years old are $5 and under 5 years are free.

We are celebrating Santa Ynez Day all day long so pop by the museum to see our latest exhibits, our farm animal petting zoo, monthly art show and sale “Art in the Courtyard” and more! Enjoy a complimentary bag of hot buttered popcorn, too!

Santa Ynez Day Schedule

10:00 am – 3:00 pm Museum open – FREE admission! Live farm animals and photo opportunity for the kids, fresh popcorn all day! Don’t forget it’s our monthly “Art in the Courtyard,” a gathering of Valley artists and artisans who will be displaying and selling their creative work.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Gates Open for Spaghetti Western Dinner & Dance ~ no host cocktails, peanuts and popcorn. “Attitude Adjustment” hour.

6:00 pm - Spaghetti Dinner served up by our super Museum volunteers ~ spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad and dessert

6:30 pm - Territorial Law and dancing begin! Enjoy dancing or just kickin’ back to country and oldies musical hits by this popular local band.

Spaghetti Western Dinner Tickets

Serving up Spaghetti

Agin Bros



Join us for a Unique Summer Camp Experience at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

Featuring Fun, Western Themed Activities for Ages 7 – 11 years

Riding our ponies

Check out our baskets


SESSION I June 27 – July 1

SESSION II July 11 - 15

Have a Blast this Summer!

Learn archery skills from certified instructor, dutch oven cooking in camp trail style, learn new frontier games and crafts, churn your own ice cream, learn Native American songs and crafts, make your own paper, enjoy live farm animals, camp guests and much, much more!

Moms and Dads will like that this camp offers lots of outdoor fresh air and fun!

Our camp counselors are teachers and have developed a fun and creative summer camp that your child will remember for a lifetime. Low camper to counselor ratio; snacks, fun exercise, new friends and more!

Cooking up lunch in a Dutch oven

Happy camper with pony

Two week-long sessions for your lil’ wranglers!

Session I June 27 – July 1 9 am – 1 pm (7 – 11 yr olds) $165/wk
Session II July 11 - 15 9 am – 1 pm (7 – 11 yr olds) $165/wk


Register now by calling the Museum (805) 688-7889 or on-line.

Wild West Camp - 7–11 yr olds


Required camp documents to be completed by parents
Click links below to download forms

Camper Information Form
Camp Rules Form
Parental Consent Form

The Museum requires that these three downloadable documents be completed by parent or guardian when registering child for camp. The documents can be mailed back to the Museum at:

SYV Historical Museum
P.O. Box 181
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

OR FAX TO: (805) 688-1109
OR DROP BY THE MUSEUM @ 3596 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez



Bruce Sandifer showing
some roping techniques

Checking out the cowboy saddles

Making butter to go
on cowboy cornbread

Stagecoach fun!

Learning about horses

New friends