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

Anita of Rancho Del Mar

by Elaine O'Brian

Saturday, February 20  
1 pm
SYV Historical Museum

A free program for children 7-12 and their families

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. Afterward, explore the museum and the 100 year old library next door.

Families welcome– please call to reserve a spot!

(805) 688-7889 or email:

  Facility Rental
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  Dressed to Impress
  Willy Chamberlin Tribute
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  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



A Thursday Evening History Series…

"Past Times"

Join us for a series of three fascinating talks on early California history. Come for one talk or all three in the series– there is something for everyone’s interest. Purchase your admission to one, two or all three of the talks!

Thursday, February 25

6:30 pm - Light snacks       7:00 pm Presentation

“Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe ~
A history of the Dana family & home”

Presented by Al & Helen Daurio ~ Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos

The Daurios will present the history of Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe along with a history of the Dana family and the land grant upon which the adobe was built.

Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe      


Thursday, March 24

6:30 pm - Light snacks       7:00 pm Presentation

“Early California Mission System”

Presented by Sheila Benedict, Genealogist and Mission Archives specialist

Ms. Benedict will present an overview of the Mission system from inception to the present. In addition, Ms. Benedict will give a brief discussion of the types of records that can be found in the vast mission archives.

Tickets for the talks are $10 for members and $12 for non-members if purchased individually. Discounted three talk package price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Tickets are available at the door on Thursday, January 28, the SYV Historical Museum, 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, or online (below). Call the Museum for more information at 688-7889.


All Talks in Series


Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe


California Mission History








Saturday, March 5

10am - 4 pm

Smells of fresh buttery popcorn will waft down Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez on Saturday, March 5, when we rev up the historic Cretor Popcorn Wagon to celebrate Valley Museum Day.

Valley Museum Day is a tradition each March when Santa Ynez Valley museums offer free admission, activities and special events for locals and visitors to the area.

Once again this year the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum will feature the bright red 1906 Cretor popcorn wagon popping up bags of fresh popcorn for visitors to enjoy.

This year the Museum is kicking off the first in a series of“Art in the Courtyard,” an art event where artist members of the Santa Ynez Valley Arts organization will showcase their artwork. Tour the Museum, enjoy the fresh popcorn and visit our latest historic clothing exhibit “Dressed to Impress,” in the Lyons Exhibit Gallery. A museum “hunt” for the kids and more!







Second Saturday - March 12

Artists participating in “Art in the Courtyard” offer original, hand-made objects d’art. Booths will be located within the Museum’s beautiful central courtyard and inside the Parks-Janeway Carriage House.

The Second Saturday’s “Art in the Courtyard” events will be a great time to visit Santa Ynez!

Plan to come and browse unique works of art, explore the Mu-seum, and stay to enjoy one of the excellent restaurants located within easy walking distance.

Free Admittance to the Museum during “Art in the Courtyard”