Press Release

New Courthouse Docents

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse Docent Council is pleased to introduce nine recent graduates of its annual training class, which focuses on the Courthouse history, art and architecture. In the attached photo, from left to right front row are Debbie Saucedo (trainer/facilitator), Jane DeSelm, Sona MacMillan, Shyama Osborne, Norma Perry and Patti Schrader; back row, left to right are Karl Neumann, Ken Pierskalla, Nick Sebastian and Gerry de Santillana. The new graduates have begun leading the free public Courthouse tours.

The Docent Council is dedicated to the preservation and upkeep of the National Historic Landmark building and maintains the Courthouse archives. Members lead tours and staff the lobby information booth. Almost 7,000 visitors from over 60 countries have visited during the last year.

In the past two decades, the council has spent more than $150,000 on projects to maintain and enhance the building.

Regular tours operate at 2:00 PM daily and at 10:30 AM Monday through Friday. Tours of the gardens are available by appointment, as well as special tours and youth tours. Call 962-6464 for information.”