Victorian House & Fire
Museums Open Saturday Sept. 26th for
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
for your free tickets.
The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society
invites you to join us at our two museum
locations for Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day
Live, Saturday, September 26th from 12 noon
until 4 pm. The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House,
an 1889 Victorian gem, and the Santa Ana Fire
Museum will both be open on this very special
Your tours are FREE as part of this nation-wide
event, sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum. All
you need to receive your free Museum Day Live!
ticket for two people, is to register for an
account at their website. Once registered, you
can request a ticket to one participating venue.
(Bring a second copy of the ticket if you’d like
to visit both of our locations.
Smithsonian' Magazine's Museum Day website
Enjoy a tour of a beautifully restored Victorian
home, once the residence and medical office of
one of Orange County’s first female physicians.
See Santa Ana’s fire department history in a
working fire station, complete with a fully
restored 1921 Seagrave fire truck. And be sure
to visit gift shops at both locations to
purchase interesting books on local history, and
vintage gifts and ephemera.
As an added feature, 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 are just
$8 per person. Order tickets
online by clicking here or call to reserve a
spot at 714/547-9645)
The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical
Museum is located at 120 Civic Center Drive
West, Santa Ana, California. (free parking
available in our lot, or at the UCI Family
Health Center at the NE corner of Sycamore and
Civic Center Dr)
The Santa Ana Fire Museum is located at OCFA
Station #75, 120 W Walnut St, Santa Ana,
California. (free parking available in the lot
at Sycamore and Pine, or across Walnut at
Save that date:
"On the Road In Orange County: Our
Saturday October 24th 2015,
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Our 18th annual historic cemetery tour explores
the history of travel to—and in—Orange County,
from horses, wagons and carriages, to planes,
trains and automobiles. Meet pioneers who made
the long journey west by wagon train and sailing
ship, Civil War veterans who packed their
worldly possessions in train cars, and commuters
traveling by bicycle, Model T, and the Red Car
line. Tour guides lead guests to the final
resting places of historic local figures, set in
the beautiful greenery of Fairhaven Memorial
Park and Santa Ana Cemetery, where costumed
actors play out scenes from Orange County
This event is an exciting and fun glimpse into
the past! Small groups, a lovely outdoor
setting, and close access to the actors make the
tour an entertaining outing for the whole
Save that date!
More information will be posted when available..
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.