Historic Trails to the West
Open House & Special Guest Speaker
at the Dr. Howe-Waffle House
Saturday, August 1
Take a journey back in time as you tour the
beautifully restored 1889 Victorian Dr. Willella
Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum on
Saturday, August 1st from noon to 4:00. As you
tour this historic home, once the residence and
medical office of one of Orange County’s first
female physicians, hear fascinating stories of
the journeys that brought Orange County pioneer
women to California.
Charles Epting, author of Orange
County Pioneers, Oral Histories from the Work
Progress Administration, will speak at
2:00 pm and be available to sell and
autograph books from noon to 4:00.
Guided tours are offered at 12:15, 1:15 and
2:15, and for the first time, a Spanish language
tour will be conducted at 3:00 pm.
Before you leave be sure to enjoy a cup of tea
and cookies, and visit our gift shop to purchase
interesting books on local history, and vintage
gifts and ephemera.
Admission is just: Adults $5, Seniors and
Members $4, Students K-12 $3
The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical
Museum is located at 120 Civic Center Drive
West, Santa Ana, California. (free parking is
available in our lot, or at the UCI Family
Health Center at the NE corner of Sycamore and
Civic Center Drive)
[The Downtown Architectural Tour will not be
offered this month, but please join us in
September when it will resume.]
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.........
Celebrating Forty One Years of
Preserving Our Fair City!
In 1974, the Society was formed to save the
Dr. Howe-Waffle House from imminent destruction during an urban renewal project. Today, the Society is stronger than ever thanks to our members and generous donors. We
continue to create community programs such as
the award-winning historical cemetery tour,
salvage old-home building materials for reuse,
develop local history coloring books & guide maps
for children and adults, feature special seminars,
and support preservation activities performed
by others throughout the city and county. Of
course, one of our main missions (and expense)
is to preserve and maintain the Dr.
Howe-Waffle House and we open the House on a regular basis.
In addition, we also support Santa Ana and
Early Orange County history by providing historical information
and photos online 24 hours a day, continue to
create new series of historical mini-books, and
so much more.
Time to Join the Society!
We can do the neat things we do in preserving and celebrating our history because we have members who support us. Please consider joining and helping us. No membership level is too low. But the more you give, the easier it is for us to continue our work and to do new things.
We urge you to help us either as a volunteer or as a member. Obviously donations are always appreciated and can be designated to help a program, provide care for the house, or just help with our normal expenses.
Click here for information on membership and donations.
The house is located at 120 Civic Center Dr., West, corner of Sycamore and between Main and Broadway, in Historic Downtown Santa Ana. Call 714 547-9645 for more information.