John Peabody Harrington -
2011 Honoree

John Peabody Harrington may be the most important historical personage in Santa Barbara in the twentieth century. John attended Stanford University and took specialized classes at University of CA, Berkeley, where he focused on classical languages, particularly Native American languages. Working for the Smithsonian Institution as an ethnologist he spent countless hours recording the vanishing Chumash language and culture. He collected and compiled data regarding the Native Americans in the Santa Barbara and Ventura region. Harrington also extended his work into traditional culture, particularly mythology and geography. His efforts have contributed to the revival of Chumash culture among various local Indian groups. Class of 1902.





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