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Tuesday October 22, 2019 ~ 5:00-6:30 pm

at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House

  Museum Exhibits
  Carriage House
  Facility Rental
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  Ed Borein Etchings
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  JN Swanson Paintings
  East Meets West
  From Side Saddle
     to Astride
  Vaquero Vision
  If the Shoe Fits
  Borrowed Borein
  Mourning Glory
  The West on Wood
  Dressed to Impress
  Willy Chamberlin Tribute
  Samurai – Warrior
    Horsemen of Japan
  Golden Age of California
    Women's City Fashions
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  Volunteer Opportunities

Meet President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln: hear about the his Senate and Presidential campaigns in a deeply divided 1860's America. Acclaimed Lincoln historian John Voehl is Lincoln himself, and wife Pamela Voehl is Mrs. Lincoln.A Q&A session and a reception will follow the program.

For reservations, click here

Sponsored by Friends of the Library of Santa Ynez Valley
& Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.

The event is free to the public-as seating is limited
please reserve a spot online or by calling the library at 805-688-4214.



October 27, 2019 ~ 4PM

Deadwood, Dakota Territory 1876 - credit Montana Historical Society

John Copeland, Award Winning Producer of The Wild West TV Docu-Series Presents
“The Way West” Lecture Series: “Dreamers & Wayfarers” (9/29) & “Townspeople” (10/27)
At the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

$15 Members, $20 Non Members



SYVHM Board member and Old West historian sheds light on how expansion across America was achieved through innovations in transportation and building communities to establish a foundation for social and cultural growth

Residents of the Santa Ynez Valley and fans alike of Western TV programs such as the 1990s TV docu-series The Wild West and Deadwood, are intrigued by life during the taming of the Old West. Our local stagecoach and railway routes were the life-giving arteries of a New America, bearing settlers and supplies for building new communities, very much like the small towns in our area. Each community had saloons, churches, schools, banks and stores to support the growing population of people that traveled across our land to find freedom and a new way of life. John Copeland, a Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum (SYVHM) board member, Los Olivos resident, and producer of The Wild West, an award-winning TV documentary series, is no stranger to telling true tales about the Old West. Now the public has an opportunity to spend time with this consummate raconteur when the SYVHM presents “The Way West” lecture series. Mr. Copeland’s first presentation, “Dreamers & Wayfarers” takes place on Sunday, September 29th; the second installment, “Townspeople,” is on Sunday, October 27th.

In Mr. Copeland’s first presentation, “Dreamers & Wayfarers - A Nation Complete from Sea to Sea,” the audience will learn about the visionaries who conceived of spanning the country with transportation, communications, stage coaching, the construction of the transcontinental railroad and an oft over-looked aspect of western travel - riverboats. The second program, “Townspeople - Taming the West,” Copeland explains how towns sprang up, grew and underwent social development that saw the establishment of schools, religion, civic organizations, like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and entertainment to our country’s wide open spaces. He says that what’s interesting about these topics it that “The early growth of the Santa Ynez Valley mirrors the boom and bust of towns throughout the Wild West. The coming of stage lines, the railroad and influx of families all had a fundamental impact on the valley’s towns.”

Brian Stenfors, Ph.D., SYVHM Executive Director says, “The Museum is excited to feature “The Way West” lecture series, which is one of the many ways we bring history alive to our members and Valley visitors. We are extremely fortunate to be the beneficiaries of John Copeland’s vast knowledge on the taming of the West and how it parallels the colorful history of the Santa Ynez Valley. If you’re a fan of “Americana” you won’t want to miss these fascinating film talks.”

For more information, please contact or Teresa Mills at (805) 688-7889.


November 8-10, 2019

Witness the Vaquero Spirit Today!
Fine Western & Collectable Items For Sale

Bits, spurs, saddles, chaps, braided rawhide, silver ornamentation, fine art and Vaquero memorabilia. Traditional Vaquero Horsemanship demonstrations Saturday and Sunday!

The Annual Vaquero Show & Sale is a three day event that honors the lifestyle and renowned horsemanship of the California Vaquero (cowboy). Vaqueros developed on the expansive cattle ranchos of Central California during the Spanish/Mexican Colonial period. They blended classic European horsemanship and the "rough and ready" riding style of early California ranchers which evolved into a distinctive style of apparel, tack, saddles and other unique horse equipment.

Viva los Vaqueros Preview Party and Dinner


3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 Solvang, CA