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Native Daughters of the Golden West’s Reina del Mar Parlor No. 126 has cast member Lynn Kirst to portray Saint Barbara, the city’s patron saint, at this year’s Fiesta Old Spanish Days. Lynn was introduced to the public at Casa de la Guerra on Thursday, April 21, 2022. In a tradition that dates back to 1926, each year Reina del Mar Parlor has chosen one of its members to represent Saint Barbara. The salon was founded in April 1901, 121 years ago. The Saint Barbara announcement coincided with the commemoration of the founding of the Presidio of Santa Barbara 240 years ago in 1782.
A fourth-generation Californian and resident of Montecito, Lynn Kirst graduated from Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara, then earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Southern California. During her undergraduate studies, Lynn participated in the USC Study Abroad program, spending a semester in Madrid, Spain, where she studied art history at the Prado Museum. Lynn also completed the 2-year graduate program in Historic Preservation at the USC School of Architecture.
Lynn has been a member of the Reina del Mar Parlor since 2009 and has supported her projects. A long-time community volunteer, Lynn is a supporting member of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Council, serves on the legacy board of the Sacramento-based California Rangeland Trust, on the advisory boards of the two Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Centers in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program, and is a member of People Helping People’s SYV WIGS. She has served on the board of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA), and the executive committee of Sierra Club’s Santa Barbara Group. Lynn has also served on committees for numerous organizations, including the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and the Wildling Museum in Solvang. She is a member of the Santa Barbara Corral of Westerners International and serves on the design committee of the Birnam Wood Golf Club. A lifelong rider, Lynn is a founding member of The Fillies, an all-girl riding group founded in 1994, and was named Filly of the Year in 2007.
“Being selected as Saint Barbara 2022 was a huge surprise,” said Lynn Kirst. “My parents were married at Mission Santa Barbara in 1947, and local history has always meant a great deal to me. On a poignant personal note, my presentation as Saint Barbara not only coincides with the 240and anniversary of Santa Barbara, but also with the anniversary of the death of my late husband seven years ago. As a survivor of both the 2017 Thomas Fire and the 2018 Montecito Debris Flow, I never could have imagined then that as a widow facing these disasters alone, my life would be as blessed as she is now with this great honour.
Lynn’s early career was in museum fundraising, during which she held senior development positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Laguna Art Museum, and the Southwest Museum. She was the founding president of Spectrum Tours, a museum travel agency she ran for 10 years, providing bespoke luxury educational tours for dozens of cultural institutions across the United States. His clients included the Smithsonian Institution, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Art Institute, and the Museum of Northern Arizona, among others. His local clients included the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden.
Lynn is an award-winning non-fiction writer and photographer who has been published in a wide variety of periodicals, local and national. She wrote the “Trail Talk” column for the Montecito Newspaper for 10 years. Lynn was also the editor of Southwest cooks! The tradition of Native American cuisineswhich won the national grand prize at the 1992 Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards.
For Fiesta events, Lynn will be dressed in Saint Barbara’s traditional white robe and scarlet cape, and will wear a golden crown. She will carry the martyr’s palm and a golden chalice. For social events, Lynn will wear a Spanish-style ivory long dress and mantilla.
The Santa Barbara Channel was named in honor of Saint Barbara during the Viscaino Expedition at the end of 1602. In the 18th century, the fortress of the Spanish Royal Presidio (1782) and the Santa Barbara Mission (1786) were named in his honor. The saint is the patroness of protection against lightning and calamities, and is venerated by gunners, sailors and architects.
The Native Daughters of the Golden West is a statewide organization founded in 1886. It has a long history of involvement with contributions to historic preservation, veteran welfare, conservation, to California Mission Restoration, the NDGW Children’s Foundation charity, patriotic activities, and college scholarships. . Reina del Mar Parlor No. 126 was chartered in Santa Barbara on April 20, 1901. It is well known for its former Spanish Days Fiesta activities, child welfare work, over a hundred years of preservation missions, its plaque signings of historic buildings and its civic activities. participation.