Welcome, Sons of the American Revolution!
This year, the Santa Barbara Sons of the American Revolution will join us for Flag Day celebrations at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, Friday, June 14 at 1:30pm at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Special thanks to the dedication of this organization for keeping alive “the spirit of pure and unselfish patriotism which inspired the Fathers of the Republic.”
With the help of our volunteers, we’re hard at work on a number of community projects.
New Project: Post Office Flag Pole Restoration
The Federal Flag pole at the main post office is in need of serious repair. Its appearance is shoddy and inappropriate for the display of our nation’s banner. We have taken it upon ourselves to sand and repaint and bring the pole up to standards.
It is a matter of community pride as well as an American principle that members of the community, first and foremost, take responsibility and action for maintaining and improving the community.
New Project: Historic Re-enactments
There are defining moments when individuals are inspired to rise to great moments of defining history. The Spirit of ’76 Foundation has undertaken to recreate these epic moments through a series of reenactments. These are in the development stage and when completed will be suitable for the classroom, media programing and You Tube.
Santa Barbara Breakwater Flagpole Restoration Project
The marine atmosphere, with its salty air, fog, and high winds, has tarnished and discolored the flagpoles that line our beautiful breakwater. We are initiating a program to restore and refinish those flagpoles. Each will fly an American flag. We will keep you updated on the progress and estimated completion date of this project.
Betsy Ross Flag Installation
In 1776, an esteemed furniture upholsterer named Betsy Ross was contacted by George Washington and commissioned to sew the first U.S. Stars and Stripes flag. Washington and a committee of congress brought a rough drawing of the proposed flag to her shop. Ross suggested alterations to the design, including the use of five-pointed stars instead of six-pointed stars. The Betsy Ross flag features 13 stars arranged in a circle to represent the original 13 colonies. In recognition of the significance of that first flag made for these United States, a 15 by 20 foot replica has been installed in the grand arch that leads to the sunken gardens at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. It will be displayed at other suitable events and locations throughout the year.
Historic Heritage: American Wedding Buggy Renovation
We are in need of a team of horses for the historic American wedding buggy. If you have access to such a team, please contact us.
Long before there was a Ford Motor Company there was Ford Buggy/Wagon and Carriage Co. This 1893 buggy was designed by Henry Ford. The Spirit of 76 volunnteers were its foster Parents for three years. Chief Craftsman and Project Manager is Rex Stephens of Rex Stephens woodworks. Bob McNall, a 3rd generation Santa Barbarian, was diligent and skilled in his contributions. Jedlikas Western and Lara Leatherworks as well as the Home Improvement Co. were all very supportive of this project. Paul Lamberton, Pres of the 76 group of volunteers, furnished the leadership and focus. Today this wonderful bit of Western Americana is housed at the Santa Barbara Carriage museum.
Miss Liberty Comes to Santa Barbara
The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor is recognized worldwide as a symbol of liberty and freedom. It personifies the American Promise. Now Spirit of `76 is bringing a 1/10-scale replica of this inspiring icon to our city. The 15-foot tall Miss Liberty will hold a lighted torch powered by solar panel. She will be displayed at various appropriate locations and events throughout each year, including the Santa Barbara French Festival, the end of the breakwater, the Lobero Theater, and in the annual 4th of July parade.
Accomplished Projects: Daughters of the American Revolution
For more than a century, the members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. These goals are as relevant in today’s society as they were in in 1890 when the DAR was established.
The Spirit of ’76 foundation has undertaken the installation of the Flag commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross Flag. And through public subscription, funds has been raised for a custom made, 20X25 foot Betsy Ross Flag, this to be flown on appropriate occasions at the Great Arch entry that descends into the Sunken Gardens at the Santa Barbara county Courthouse.