Celebrate Mardi Gras at an Open House with
the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society
Take a journey back in time as you tour the
beautifully restored 1889 Victorian Dr. Willella
Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum on
Saturday, February 7th from noon to 4:00.
Enjoy a taste of New Orleans as our Open House
celebrates the origins and traditions of Mardi
Gras, complete with beignets and chicory coffee.
Tap your feet to the rhythm of live Dixieland
jazz, and take your photo in front of our
Café du Monde!
As you tour this historic home, once the
residence and medical office of one of Orange
County’s first female physicians, learn about
the history of Mardi Gras and the connection of
the old South to Orange County. Before you
leave, be sure to visit our gift shop to
purchase interesting books on local history, and
vintage gifts and ephemera.
Adults $5, Seniors and Members $4, Students
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. ( Tickets are an additional $8 per person
and can be ordered by
clicking here. Or you can 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.
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 at the NE corner of Sycamore and
Civic Center Drive)
Thank you for your
Time in Old
Orange County Tonight;
Santa Ana’s Firefighting History”
17th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour
Photo by Annabella Pritchard © 2014. Used with permission.
birthday of the
Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House
41st anniversary of the
Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society
Celebrating Orange County's 125 Iconic
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
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.........