Orange County's Hidden History
Santa Ana Historical Society's 21st annual Historical Cemetery Tour
to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018
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.
Click here to see more information and how to purchase tickets, or download our mailer.
Please note that the 2018 Vintage Witch and Warlock Ball has been cancelled. Purchased tickets are being refunded.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.