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Upcoming Events:

 

Sat., May 9th

Santa Ana Fire Museum
Open House

 

Sat., May 16th
An Evening with Poe

 

Take a photo tour
 of the House

 


Visit our new
Santa Ana Fire Museum

 



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.)


 


An Evening with Poe event - Sat, May 16

 

Click on this link for a pdf copy of the flyer.

 

Click on this link to buy tickets online.

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)

 


Floral Park Home Tour Returns

April 25 & 26

 

 

The Floral Park Neighborhood Association (FPNA), County, hosts its 23rd annual Home & Garden Tour on April 25-26, 2015. The event will showcase the broad range of architectural styles and gardens that are the hallmark of the neighborhood. Over 100 neighborhood homes are now listed in the Santa Ana Register of Historic Properties. Since the first Home & Garden Tour in 1993, more than 200 homes and gardens in Floral Park have been opened to visitors from the United States and Europe.

 

In the early 1920s, during one of California’s building booms, developers began constructing homes in a wide variety of styles influenced by European architecture brought home by returning soldiers from World War I, as well as the international influences of Hollywood movies. The Floral Park area became an eclectic collection of building styles including Beverly Hills Bungalow, Hacienda, Spanish Eclectic, Mediterranean Villa, Mission, Farmhouse, English Tudor, French Normandy, Colonial, Federal, Georgian, Cape Cod, California Ranch, Storybook and Art Deco.


The tree-lined streets of the neighborhood capture the spirit of a simpler time from a bygone era. Once blanketed by orange, avocado, and walnut groves, a few original farmhouses can still be seen throughout Floral Park, and the sweet smell of orange blossoms still fills the air. Whether experiencing a stroll through the beautiful vintage homes and gardens, searching for antiques and collectibles on our Street of Treasures, viewing the classic automobile display, or enjoying a snack at the food and drink concessions, attendees will surely leave the Floral Park Home & Garden Tour with nostalgic memories of a day well spent.

 


Tickets can be purchased in advance before April 20 for $25 by mail or online at
www.floralpark.com. Tickets are also available for $30 on April 25 and 26 at ticket booths located at Flower & 19th Streets and Victoria Drive & Santa Clara in Santa Ana. For more information visit www.floralpark.com or call 614-302-9683.


 


 

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

&

41st 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 One 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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