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.
Visit Our February 1st Open House
A Lovers and Leaders Tea and Tour
You are invited to a special celebration of Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day at the Dr Willella Howe-Waffle House on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from noon to 4:00.
Included with your tour of this 1889 Victorian gem are a cup of tea and a selection of delicious sweets.
As we honor both passion and Presidents, enjoy an extensive display of beautiful vintage valentines dating back to the 1800s, and historical presidential trivia, including how Teddy Roosevelt inspired the creation of the
famous stuffed bear! After learning more about the Commanders-In-Chief from Dr Willella’s time, fill out a ballot at our “polling place” to vote for your favorite POTUS. Then 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 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.
(order advance tickets online at www.SantaAnaHistory.net, or pay at the door)
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.........