These papers are organized into three series. Series 1, the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition and Reenactment, represents the
bulk of the collection. It covers the efforts made by organizers and participants to recreate the expedition by Juan Bautista
de Anza and his party of 240 settlers from northern Mexico to northern California in 1776. The first reenactment took place
during the American Bicentennial in 1976. Vie Obern was instrumental in organizing riders from Santa Barbara to ride in the
event, and she corresponded with many landowners to obtain permission for the riders to pass through properties up and down
the state. Also included in this series is documentation on the establishment of the Anza National Historic Trail, authorized
by Congress in 1990. Subsequent relays and reenactments of the expedition are also contained in this series, as well as clippings
about commemorative landmarks and plaques placed along the trail. Materials in this series include correspondence, clippings,
photographs, audio tapes, and publications about the various events and organizations associated with Anza.
Vivian “Vie” Hapeman Obern was born on May 26, 1921 in Park Ridge, Illinois. She graduated from Principia College in 1942
after majoring in political science and art. She married Earl George Obern in 1942 and they moved to Santa Barbara in 1947,
raising three children there.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Director for
Historical Resources. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research
Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open to researchers.