Help Us Preserve
Santa Ana Historical
Preservation Society membership rates are going
up in 2014, but you can save now by joining or
renewing before 1/1/14 at our 2013 rates! Visit
our online store, or
and mail our membership form to support the
Dr. Howe-Waffle House and 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 39-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.
Holiday Open House & Boutique
at the Dr.
Howe-Waffle House & Medical Museum
7th, from 11 am to 4 pm
Please join us at Santa Ana’s
1889 Victorian gem, all decked out for the
season at our free open house. Meet friends, old
and new, as we celebrate the Society’s
accomplishments, give hearty thanks to our
members and supporters, and begin the season
with a generous helping of Holiday cheer!
Celebrate the Sights, Sounds and
Tastes of the Season!
Get into the spirit of the season as you explore
the beauty of this home, beautifully decorated
for the holidays in Victorian style. Hear
favorite carols played on our rare 1870s Weber
piano, and sample delicious savory snacks and
A Special Holiday Performance!
At 1:00 pm enjoy a scene from “That Christmas
Feeling,” a funny and touching play about
regaining the true spirit of the Holidays. Our
costumed actors will be sure to bring a smile to
your lips and a tear to your eye during this
Shop for Unique Gifts!
Just in time for holiday giving, shop for
original hand-crafted gifts, candy, cards,
books, and more at our vendor boutique. Looking
for that perfect present for the history buff in
your life? Many of our books on local history
are signed by the author, and our gift shop has
a wide selection of stocking stuffers and
delightful vintage-style ornaments. We will
happily gift wrap your book purchases for free!
(Please note that parking is limited. Metered
paid street parking is available on Sycamore, in
the Old Courthouse metered lot across the
street, and at the Artist Village parking
structure at 3rd and Broadway.)
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." The photo shows the
painting and roofing renovation.
Thanks to Nicholas Ball for being our spokesmodel.
Other old News and Information
from this Home Page.........