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Upcoming Open Houses:

 

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Saturday, Aug 2nd

 

Smithsonian Museum Day
Saturday, Sept 27

 

Take a photo tour
 of the House

 


Visit our new
Santa Ana Fire Museum

 


Learn about our annual & award-winning
Historical Cemetery Tour
Sat. Oct 25th.

 


Members
National Trust for Historic Preservation
California Historical Society The Great Seal of The State of California
Santa Ana History

 

 

To view a map showing
our location click here.

 


 

Contact us by email or by calling 714 547-9645.
(Please leave a message.)


 


Saturday, August 2


A “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Open House with
Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society

 



Join us as we pay tribute to an iconic film at our next open house at the Dr Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum on Sat. Aug. 2 from noon to 4 pm

 
The “little black dress” and pearls of Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly are optional, as you enjoy:

  • Guided tours of the House at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15

  • Displays of vintage jewelry

  • A mini jewelry fashion show

  • History of world-famous Tiffany & Co

  • Delicious refreshments, including “Holly Go Lightly” punch, tea, and cookies

And bring in your favorite piece of vintage jewelry for a free evaluation by our expert. Before you leave, be sure to visit our gift shop to purchase interesting books on local history, and vintage gifts and ephemera

Admission: Adults $5, Seniors and Members $4, Students K-12 $3

Want to know more about this unique city? 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.
(an additional $8 per person—call to reserve a spot at 714/547-9645)

A special combined house and downtown walking tour ticket is available for $10.00; please arrive before 1:15 to enjoy both tours.
 

You can order advance tickets online by clicking this link, or pay at the door.

 


 

Thank you for helping us celebrate the

 

125 year birthday of the
Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House

&

40th anniversary of the
Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society

 



 


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Celebrating Orange County's 125 Iconic Places
 

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 website at www.SantaAnaFireMuseum.com.  

 


 

 

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 Veterans' Gravesites

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 Books

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 sahps@sahps.org


Old Society Newsletters Posted

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 PDF files.  Click here to view some of the old issues.


 

Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House on the National Trust "This Place Matters" program.

This Place Matters! -- 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.........

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Celebrating Forty 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.

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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.

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