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The Pearl Chase Society Returns with the Kellam de Forest Speaker Series for 2024

The Pearl Chase Society is pleased to announce the resumption of its Kellam de Forest Speaker series, established in 2023, to continue the legacy of one of its most illustrious founding members, Kellam de Forest. His dedication to historic preservation in Santa Barbara is legendary and inspirational.

Thanks to generous donations in his name, and enthusiastic support and success of the initial series, we have scheduled four presentations by thoughtful speakers who will provide their expertise on a variety of subjects of interest to our community members.

Each event will take place at the historic Alhecama Theatre, and guests are encouraged to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and conversation with complimentary refreshments following the presentation.

There is no charge; donations are welcome to support the series.
SEATING IS LIMITED: Please call 805-961-3938 for reservations.
Mark your calendars for the following dates:

Thursday April 18, 2024, 5:30 pm: “Historic Preservation in Santa Barbara”   

Since 2012, Nicole Hernandez has served as the Architectural Historian of Santa Barbara. Her work entails managing the historic preservation work program and oversight of alterations to the City’s historic resources. She will be speaking about the unique and diverse historic architecture of Santa Barbara and recent historic designations that will preserve and protect these distinctive community treasures.

Friday June 7, 2024, 5:30 pm: “A Path to Preserving Tradition”

Architect Cass Ensberg, who serves on the Historic Landmarks Commission and Architect Leslie Colasse, former Chair of the Single Family Design Review Board will team up to present a thoughtful discussion and share their perspectives about preserving Santa Barbara’s public and residential architecture.  

Thursday, September 5, 2024, 5:30 pm: “The Importance of Franceschi House”

Longtime Pearl Chase Society member, Rick Closson, will speak about one of Kellam’s prime interests: Franceschi House. There likely will not be any news on the City’s reimagining project, so don’t expect that. The general topic will be the intrinsic historic value of the House and Park from one who has deep respect for the property and knowledge of the subject.  

Friday November 8, 2024, 5:30 pm:  “Happy Birthday, Pearl Chase”

Historian Erin Graffy will offer a lighthearted look at the accomplishments of Pearl Chase in a clever and entertaining evening that includes a formidable cast of characters and a reprise of her memorable sing-along, “Spanish Revival.” It will be a celebratory night to remember and honor our forebears.