Holiday Open House at the Dr. Howe-Waffle House
Sat. Dec 6th, 3 to 7 pm.
Enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres as you help
us celebrate the Society's accomplishments, give
hearty thanks to our members and supporters, and
begin the season with a generous helping of
This year's festivities are free to the public
and include a host of wonderful activities to
entertain you: a children's choir (the School Of
Our Lady's Childrens' Choir at 4:00 pm); a
holiday sing-a-long; gingerbread decorating;
shopping at a special holiday boutique and our
unique gift shop. As you relax in the splendor
of Victorian trimmings, see the Dr. Howe-Waffle
House in a whole new light-candlelight!
Arrive early and also explore the history and
fabulous buildings of downtown Santa Ana with an
expert guide on our Downtown Landmark
Architectural Walking Tour, starting off at the
Dr. Howe-Waffle House at 2:30. Tickets for
the tour are just $8 per person and
you can order online by clicking here or
call 714/547-9645 to reserve your spot on the
Thank you for your
Time in Old
Orange County Tonight;
Santa Ana’s Firefighting History”
17th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour
Photo by Annabella Pritchard © 2014. Used with permission.
birthday of the
Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House
40th anniversary of the
Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society
Celebrating Orange County's 125 Iconic
We're proud to announce that our new Santa Ana
Fire Museum has been selected as one of Orange
County's 125 top iconic places. We're
thrilled and proud to be part of this
prestigious group of the County's top locations.
Learn more about the museum by visiting our
Help Us Preserve History
Join the Santa Ana Historical
Preservation Society. For a small contribution,
you can support the
Dr. Howe-Waffle House, the new Santa Ana Fire Museum,
and all the other historical and preservation
activities we do.
As a member you receive special member-only
discounts on Open House tickets at both of our
museums (the 1889 Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House
and Medical Museum and our new Santa Ana Fire
Museum,) as well as invitations and discounts to
exciting events throughout the year, including
our award-winning Cemetery Tour. And as a
501(c)3 non-profit organization, your membership
dollars are tax deductible!
With a near 40-year legacy of historic preservation,
the Society remains an all-volunteer, grassroots
organization with no paid staff, and a
reputation as an active, community-preservation
oriented group. This is not your grandmother's
historical society! We take historic
preservation very seriously and are part of an
exclusive, and increasingly rare, group of
historical organizations. This is a distinction
our members can take pride in.
Please join us today, or renew your membership
at your current, or higher, level. And, please,
give as generously as you can.
Click here to donate/join/renew online.
Update to the Civil War
The legacy of
America's Civil War played a major role in the
birth of Orange County. We support a great
research effort to document the grave sites of
Civil War veterans in our county. You can even
use Google Earth to help you locate these
locations. Click here
to see more.
Orange County History
We have one of the
widest collection of Santa Ana and Orange County
history books around. If you would like to order
any of them, visit our
Store link for the books available online
and for a copy of our latest mail-in book order
form. If there is a book you think we have
that isn't listed, email us at
Old Society Newsletters
It's fun to go through some of our newsletters and
see what the Society was doing during the 1980s
and 90s (and also who was preserving what home
and received various awards). We've posted
most of the issues (including our first 4) on
this site. Some files are large (6 to 11
MB in size), but they're all easily viewable as
to view some of the old issues.
-- The Dr. Howe-Waffle House has been included in a
national online program to highlight "places that matter."
Thanks to Nicholas Ball for being our spokesmodel.
Other old News and Information
from this Home Page.........