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To those who would like to purchase tickets to our 2018 Historical Cemetery Tour, please take note:

We sincerely apologize, but we are having issues with our website shopping cart. Direct credit card sales cannot currently be processed online. We are in process of working with our hosting company to correct this, but in the meanwhile, we recommend you purchase tickets one of the following ways:

1) Paypal can still be used if you order through the website shopping cart. At the end of your order, when you select the payment method, select paying by Paypal. Since Paypal works on a different system than our shopping cart credit card system, you will not have any issues.

2 Mail a check to SAHPS. Print out the flyer posted on this website and include this with your check. At the same time, we recommend you email to let our ticket coordinator, know what you are purchasing so she can reserve your spot (or let you know if there's an issue). Please be sure to include your phone number in case she has to call you back.

3) Use your credit card by contacting Roberta Reed at and asking for her to call you. (As a volunteer with a "regular" job, she will call you back in the evening.)

(If you have specific cemetery tour times you would like to attend, please be sure to note these in your email. Some are starting to fill up.)

If you have any questions, please contact Roberta at .

American Royalty:
Orange County's Hidden History

Santa Ana Historical Society's Annual Historical Cemetery Tour
to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018


royal crown  

Doesn't it seem like almost everyone is obsessed with royalty lately? Royal weddings, royal babies, even Queen Elizabeth’s royal canine companions! (Really, who can resist those corgis?) In the spirit of that obsession, our 2018 Cemetery Tour will focus on the little known and fascinating stories of our own American Royalty On Saturday, October 20th local history buffs will convene at Fairhaven and Santa Ana Cemeteries to experience “American Royalty: Orange County’s Hidden History,” the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society’s 21st annual award-winning cemetery tour.


Tour-goers will meet princes to presidents including “Count” Bozenta, husband of famed actress Madame Modjeska; the Maharaja of Indore and his American wife Marguerite; and President Warren G. Harding. Docents will greet guests at the final resting places of historic local figures, set in the beautiful grounds of Fairhaven Memorial Park and Santa Ana Cemetery, where costumed actors play out scenes from Orange County history.


As always, the grand finale will take place in the beautiful Fairhaven mausoleum and promises to be another memorable musical extravaganza as we witness a jazz band entertaining none other than film star (and speed queen) Bebe Daniels, as she pays her debt to society in our own Orange County jail for driving at the unheard of speed of 56 mph!


Set in the beautiful grounds of Fairhaven Memorial Park and Santa Ana Cemetery, the final resting place of historic local figures, our scenes are student directed featuring a cast of actors from the Thespian Club of the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and led by OCSA faculty advisor Donald Amerson. The tour is generously co-sponsored by Fairhaven Memorial Park.


And of course, all proceeds will benefit our educational programs and two museums, the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum, and the Santa Ana Fire Museum.


For many of you the unique Cemetery Tour is a must see event, and we thank you for your loyal support. Be sure to save the date, and buy your tickets soon to be sure to snag your preferred tour time. You won’t want to miss it!


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 history.


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 family.

Advanced (and discounted) sale tickets are available by clicking this link.

Download our advanced sale ticket brochure by clicking here.    

Click here to see a wonderful illustration by OC Register artist Sharon Henry about our tour.


Click here to see a video of our 2009 tour on YouTube.


Click here to see a 3 minute video explaining about our historic cemetery tour and how we make history fun!


Click here to see several videos regarding past cemetery tours


Photos from Previous Tours:


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