Meet Santa Barbara’s New City Historian

The Historic Landmarks Commission was introduced Wednesday to the new City Historian, Nicole Hernandez. In his remarks, Senior Planner Jaime Limon noted, “We’re looking forward to working with her,” and continued, “Over time, she will be a great addition to the staff.”

Hernandez was warmly welcomed by HLC members in attendance, Judy Orias, William LaVoie, Philip Suding, Don Sharpe and Louise Boucher. She began working for the City of Santa Barbara on Monday, June 18th.

Following the retirement of Jake Jacobus last fall, the city conducted a nationwide search for a City Historian for Santa Barbara, and reportedly received more than 100 applications for the position.

Hernandez relocated to Santa Barbara—which she termed “paradise,”—from the City of New Orleans where she served as a Building Plans Examiner and Architectural Historian. Prior to that, she worked as project coordinator at Nostalgic Stone in Denver, and at Historic Denver, Inc. where she served as the Program Director of the organization’s Sacred Landmarks Preservation Program. She earned at Masters in Fine Arts and Historic Preservation at Savannah College of Art and Design in 1999.

Taking on the responsibility of guarding the City’s historic treasures and enforcing historic guidelines is no easy task; we wish her well in her new job.

About Cheri Rae

Cheri Rae, senior editor and columnist, has written about Santa Barbara issues, events and individuals for more than two decades, and is the author of Pearl Chase: First Lady of Santa Barbara. She is also the author of DyslexiaLand: A Map and Guide for Students, Parents and Educators, and works as a dyslexia advocate, as well as a consultant to the Santa Barbara Unified School District and its Parent Resource Center. In 2009, her work with the Santa Barbara Daily Sound was recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which awarded her first-place honors in the Best Newspaper Column category.

8 Responses to Meet Santa Barbara’s New City Historian

  1. Anonymous June 22, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    They hired someone from new Orleans to be the Santa Barbara historian? A nationwide search? Youd think someone with a little history in SB would make more sense.

    • No quarter June 22, 2012 at 7:55 am #

      UCSB has a public historian program. One would assume there were local applicants so the city hired whom they thought was the best (or the most PC), regardless of Senior Planner Jaime Limon’s slur that “in time” Ms Hernandez will be a fine employee. Watch your back, Ms Hernandez.

  2. Anonymous June 22, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    The historian is reporting to the planning department. OK that is weird too. Fishy.

  3. Anonymous June 22, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    She started on Monday and already gets a Friday off!

  4. Omni June 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    How unfortunate for this young lady….as spoken,we HAVE folks who know more about Santa Barbara than any “historian” from anywhere…but they did`nt get the job?. How can this lady be expected to recieve a fair welcome when she has come from afar & taken a position from a “local”?….

  5. Anonymous June 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Did the hiring process include an exam like who is Thomas Storke

  6. lindsay skutch July 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I need to locate 2 historic pictures of the opening ceremony of joseph knowles murals. both taken at safeway and seen on edhat blog. can someone help me surse these

  7. lindsay skutch July 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    sorry typo… source these 2 photos of the opening ceremony at safeway 1959. I need high rez.