The Good Land Book Project

About the Book, Goleta the Good Land

In honor of the Goleta Valley Historical Society's 50th anniversary we embarked on a special project, to reprint this wonderful book celebrating Goleta history.

We are excited to announce that the book is again available for purchase in our Museum Store.

Walker Tompkins, a popular columnist, historian and radio personality wrote the community history, Goleta: The Good Land in 1966.

Originally published by the Goleta Amvets Post 55 with support from the Santa Barbara News-Press, research for the book was embraced by many of Goleta Valley Historical Society’s founders, including Steve Sullivan, our first president, and Finis Haskins, for whom our research library is dedicated.

The book reads more like an adventure novel than a community history, beginning in 1542, when Cabrillo became the first European to visit the Goleta Valley region, and ending in 1966 when Goleta was emerging as a research center of the space age.

The book was published by Kieran Publishing.

For more information or to order wholesale contact [email protected].


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