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Local History Articles

Click on the titles of articles below to read past issues of the Museum's newsletter, The Grapevine.


Each informative, history-packed story shares first-person accounts related to Carpinteria's cultural heritage, covering many aspects of life and business in the coastal valley. From school days and summers at the beach to working the farms, packing houses, and small businesses downtown, Carpinterians have shared their stories with our newsletter team to document and interpret the rich history of California's coast. 

The newsletter is a benefit of Society membership. To receive bi-monthly mailings of the newsletter, please consider becoming a member of the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History and support our efforts to preserve our local history!

Issues of The Grapevine

The Historic Franklin Trail: Early Adventures in the Backcountry 

Part I; Part II; Part III.

Carpinteria's Okies, Arkies, and Texans

Remembering the Del Mar Theater and Beyond

Part I; Part II.

Back When They Were Service Stations: Carpinteria Gas Stations, 1920s-1970s.

Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV.

Springs of Pitch: The Asphalt Deposits of the Carpinteria Valley​

Part I; Part II.

School Days

Part I-Aliso 1947-1954;

Part II-From Aliso to Canalino & Main: 1930s-1960s

Part III-Carpinteria High School: 1929-1965

Part IV- Carpinteria High School: 1948-1960s

Bailard Family Memories

Reg's Bait & Tackle Shop

Ada Lescher's Diary 1893-1896

Part I; Part II; Part III;

Part IV;  Part V;  Part VI;

Part VII; Part VIII.

Carpinteria Beach & the Beach Store: 1940s-1960s

The Russell Cup: California's Oldest High School Track Meet

Part I;  Part II.

We will continue to add stories from Carpinteria's past; check back here for new articles!

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