This collection consists of papers gathered by Sue Higman in her roles as board member and officer of several local Santa
Barbara organizations, her correspondence on environmental issues, and papers related to the Early Mission Music Program.
Susanna Baat Higman was born in 1920 and grew up and lived in Santa Barbara her entire life. She is best known for her volunteerism
with civic, cultural, historical and environmental organizations and activities. Taught a love of nature by her father Arthur,
who took her hiking and backpacking, she devoted much time and energy from 1954 on to the Sierra Club and the California State
Parks Foundation, as well as to many local organizations such as GOO (Get Oil Out), the Community Environmental Council, Small
Wilderness Area Preserves, and the Santa Barbara County Environmental Resources Panel, to name a few. Besides the environment,
Higman cared deeply about the reconstruction of El Presidio de Santa Barbara and was a member and secretary of the board of
trustees for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation for many years, becoming a life honorary trustee in 2003. She
was an officer of the Citizens Planning Association for many years, and worked with Pearl Chase on the Plans and Planting
Committee of the Community Arts Association for many years, becoming Treasurer in the 1970s and eventually becoming its president
in 1982. Higman was also active on the Citizens Advisory Committee of La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and received
an award in 1975 for her contributions. Her love of history also fostered her interest in early mission music and she helped
put on a series of music programs at missions around the state, sponsored by the California State Parks Foundation.
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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.