The Vivian M. Obern Papers cover efforts made during the 1976 American Bicentennial 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 two hundred
years ealier in 1776. The collection also contains documents regarding the efforts of the Santa Barbara County Trails Council
to establish and maintain recreational trails throughout the county. Materials include correspondence, clippings, photographs,
audio tapes, one videotape, and publications about the various events and organizations associated with Anza.
Vivian “Vie” Marie (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.
3 Linear Feet
- in 3 boxes; 2 record storage boxes and 1 deep lid archival flat box.
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Collection is open to researchers.