Happily Ever After” Wedding Anniversary Open
House at the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House
February 6th, from 11 am to 3 pm.
The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society
welcomes you on Saturday, February 6th from 11
am until 3 pm for a tour of the beautifully
restored 1889 Victorian Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle
House and Medical Museum. 2016 will be a year of
anniversary milestones for many organizations,
so what better way to celebrate February, the
month of love, than with a nostalgic look at the
history of matrimonial milestones.
Our “Happily Ever After” open house explores
wedding anniversary traditions, and includes a
sumptuous display of the iconic gifts
established to mark 24 yearly milestones, from
“paper” to “diamond.”
After your tour be sure to enjoy a cup of tea
and delicious sweets, and visit our gift shop to
purchase interesting books on local history, and
vintage gifts and ephemera. And don’t miss our
“Barn Sale” of antique furniture and decorating
items available at bargain prices in our
Adults $5, Seniors and Members $4, Students K-12
order tickets online
by clicking here.
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. $8 per
order tickets online 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 is available in our lot, or at the UCI
Family Health Center across the street at the NE corner of
Sycamore and Civic Center Drive.
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.........