Garden Grove Historical Society and Stanley-Ware Ranch

Garden Grove Historical Society and Stanley-Ware Ranch We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Garden Grove, California. We have 17 buildings on our 2 acre ranch, lovingly cared for by our volunteer staff.
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04/29/2020

For all of you who have been asking, the board of the Garden Grove Historical Society has tentatively scheduled the Barn and Book Sale for July 9 - 11, 2020. We are still planning on how to maintain social distancing. At this time, we do not need clothing. If you have clothing to donate, please take it to the Salvation Army.

Until then we are still sorting through our donations. We always need donations of jewelry, watches, coins for our jewelry counter and our ebay site.

As the time gets closer, we will be posting more information. In the meantime, keep safe.

We received this vase as a donation. Does anyone here know what the marking is and who made the vase. It is for sale onc...
04/11/2020

We received this vase as a donation. Does anyone here know what the marking is and who made the vase. It is for sale once we know more about it. We also received a nice set of Vernonware Homespun pattern and an Azerbaijan glassware vase.

04/04/2020

We are closed for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic. I have stopped by a couple of times to do some housekeeping and a couple of others have come by. Even though we can not have guests, we can not stop overseeing the Stanley Ranch Museum.

Our expenses continue while our income is zero. I do not like to beg but we have a need for funds to keep going during this uncertain time. We are a 503C3 non-profit and cash donations are tax deductible. We will give a cash donation receipt upon request.

We also have an ebay site where we sell some the more valuable or unusual donations. Our seller name is gardengrovehistoricalsociety

If you feel lead to donate our mailing address is:

Garden Grove Historical Society
P.O. Box 4297
Garden Grove CA 92842

03/27/2020

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all public events have been cancelled or postponed. The Barn and Book Sale has been postponed to June and tours will resume when we are able. If you have questions please email us at [email protected]. We monitor our email daily while the phone is not always answered.

The Stanley House was completed in 1893. Not one person alive then is alive now. The house has a story and it is up to those who want that story to be carried on to tell it. That takes dedication, time and money. Dedication is needed because without it, one does not care. Time is needed because the story needs to be learned and facts researched. Money is needed because the buildings and grounds and resources are old and need to be cared for.

During this time of trouble, the Garden Grove Historical Society has no income but has ongoing expenses. If, you have some resources to give, please consider giving some to us. We are a 503C3 non-profit. Cash charity receipts will be given by request. We also have an ebay site where we sell items that have been donated. Our seller name is gardengrovehistoricalsociety. Every cent we raise after USPS, ebay and paypal take their cut goes to the general fund for maintenance of the museum.

We are a 100% volunteer run organization. Nobody is paid. We do this because of the joy we receive at preserving and maintaining the past, so people can see where we started. Please help us in our quest.

03/12/2020

Our next public tour will be Sunday, March 15, at 1:30 p.m.

Out schoolhouse project has been proceeding well. The old porch and ramp have been removed and the rest of the construction has been proceeding as planned. We have received several contributions toward this project. If you wish to donate please contact us at [email protected], or mail us at P.O. Box 4297 Garden Grove CA 92842. A donation receipt will be provided upon request

02/28/2020

Our next public tour will be this Sunday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m. Come out and tour the buildings.

The school house needs serious repair. The ramp is crumbling and there is significant termite damage to the porch in back. The board has approved repairs. The new ramp will meet ADA specs and the porch will be repaired. If you would like to contribute please contact us at 714-530-8871 or email us at [email protected].

Did any of you tour the schoolhouse and grounds when you were in the third grade? Were you a teacher for one of those classes? If so, we would like to know. Please email us your story.

01/30/2020

We will be having a public tour on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 p.m. Come out and see our buildings. Our docents will show you around and tell you about the buildings. SWe will be done before the Super Bowl (whatever that is) begins.

01/19/2020

We are having a public tour today at 1:30 p.m. One of our docents will conduct a guided tour of many of our buildings. It looks like it will be a nice day. Come spend a couple of hours with us.

01/14/2020

This Sunday, January 19, we are have in public tour at 1:30 p.m. Come see the buildings with a knowledgeable docent leading the way. Or you might get me as your docent. LOL.

We are a 100% volunteer run organization. We raise most of our money buy selling your donated items at our two Barn and Book Sales and our Holiday Sale. We accept most household items, jewelry, clothing, books and hobby items.

We are in need of all types of jewelry and watches both fashion and fine. If you have jewelry and watches you no longer wear or want, we are here in the office on Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We sell higher priced items on our ebay site.

We do not need most items of clothing. We are running out of storage space. For the next couple of months, until we can sort and process what we have, please take most clothing to Goodwill or Salvation Army. they are worthy organizations that do a lot of good. We DO need young women's clothing and vintage and new clothing that you are either not worn or worn once for our inside racks.

Please DO NOT leave electronics like computers or TV sets, refrigerators, bedding or large or heavy furniture. If you can't pick it up, we can't either.

We appreciate everything you donate and every cent we raise from sales, stays here to be used in the maintenance and operation of the Stanley ranch Museum.

See You Sunday!

01/05/2020

Tomorrow, January 5, 2020 at 1:30 p.m., we are having our first public tour of 2020. Come out and see the still decorated Stanley House, the fire station, barber shop, post office and other buildings.

Please look at the items we have for sale on ebay. Out seller name is gardengrovehistoricalsociety. We have a number of interesting items for sale.

12/15/2019

Today we are having our last public tour of 2019. The Stanley House is decorated for Christmas. Come out and take a tour at 1:30 p.m. today.

12/11/2019

Our Christmas Sale was a success. Thank you to all of you who came by and purchased some items. The proceeds go to the Garden grove Historical Society for the maintenance and operation of The Stanley Ranch Museum.

Our next public tour is this Sunday, December 15, at 1:30 p.m. The Stanley House is decorated and we would like you to see it and all the other buildings on the tour.

12/07/2019

We have completed the first day of our Christmas Sale. Thank you to all of you who came and bought items. Tomorrow, Saturday, we will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Emerson Hall still is full of Christmas and holiday gift items. We have been putting out new items, so if you came today, there will be items that you did not see. Come by and see and purchase some more gifts.

All of the proceeds from the sale go to the Garden Grove Historical Society for the upkeep and maintenance of the Stanley Ranch Museum.

We also take credit cards and because the wifi system has been fixed, the credit card machine is out on the floor. Please come by and do some more Christmas shopping.

We are ready for our annual Christmas Sale. Emerson Hall if full of Christmas and holiday themed items. We just received...
12/05/2019

We are ready for our annual Christmas Sale. Emerson Hall if full of Christmas and holiday themed items. We just received a large donation of Harley-Davidson branded Christmas items. We also have matchbox cards, dozens of different Beanie babies, tobey mugs galore. Our showcases are full of vintage fashion jewelry. We have clothes and craft items, plates andaccessories. If it is not raining we will have out racks of clothes outside.

Come early and shop. All of the proceeds goes towards the operation of the Stanley ranch Museum. We are a 100% volunteer run organization. We are also a 501C3 non profit.

Sale hours Friday and Saturday are 8:00 a.m,. to 4:30 p.m.

12/05/2019

Our Christmas Sale starts tomorrow. We have Emerson Hall filled with Christmas and holiday themed and gift items. We have ornaments, beanie babies, tobey mugs, gifts, vintage fashion jewelry and much more. It it is not raining we will have clothes on the racks outside. Come both days because always are putting new items out since, thanks to our donors generosity, we have more than we can show at once.

We will be here from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7.

12/01/2019

We are having a public tour today at 1:30 p.m. The Stanley house has been decorated for Christmas.

Our Holiday Sale is next Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Emerson Hall will be full of nice gifts. If the weather is nice, the clothes will be outside.

We had our wifi fixed so we can take credit cards and not have to take you to the catacombs.

Our next public tour will be this Sunday, December 1 at 1:30 p.m. The Stanley will be decorated for Christmas.Next week ...
11/29/2019

Our next public tour will be this Sunday, December 1 at 1:30 p.m. The Stanley will be decorated for Christmas.

Next week we will be having our annual Holiday Sale. Emerson hall will be filled with gift items. the sale will be December 6 and 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We also take credit cards (MC, Visa, Discover). We have upgraded our wifi so hopefully we don't have to lead you into the catacombs to take your credit card.

11/16/2019

Our next public tour is this Sunday, November 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Our Christmas Sale is December 6 and 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will have a variety of holiday and gift items.

Be sure to check out our ebay site. Our seller name is gardengrovehistoricalsociety. Currently we have some embossed Scripto lighter and Zippo pocket knives, in addition to some Elk's Club long service pins and many other items
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Everything you spend with us, whether it is taking a tour or buying something at our sales or giving a donation goes to the Garden Grove Historical Society for the upkeep of the Stanley Ranch Museum.

We are a 100% volunteer run organization. We receive no government funding of any kind.

11/11/2019

Our next public tour is next Sunday November 17, at 1:30 p.m. We are busy getting ready for our Christmas Sale on December 6 and 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will have lots of Christmas gift items. We had our wifi fixed so, as of this writing, if you want to use a credit card, we won't have to take you through the kitchen to get to the credit card reader.

10/13/2019

Our Book and Barn Sale is now history. Thank you to all of you who came and bought something. All the revenue from this sale goes to the Garden Grove Historical Society for the upkeep of the Stanley Ranch Museum.

Thank you also to all the volunteers who gave of their time to help us run the sale.

Our next sale is our annual Holiday Sale on December 6 and 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is held in Emerson Hall and features Christmas and holiday gift items. If it is a nice day, we also bring out the clothes.

Our next public tour is October 20, at 1:30 p.m.

10/12/2019

Today is the last day of our Book and Barn Sale. If you haven't been here yet, Don't despair. We still have lots of things. We are still bringing out new items for sale. If you have been here, thank you and please come back. The wind appears to have died down, so we will have our clothes out on display and sale

I have looked through our items and noticed that we have a nice 10 inch mitre saw for sale. We have a girls bicycle also.

Inside, if you are a bibliophile (if you know what this word means, you know who you are) or a history lover, we have a very nice collection of early California history books, along with books of other genres. We have a great selection of gift items. Come down and shop. You will not be disappointed.

10/11/2019

Yes, it is windy. Yes we are still open! We are putting out more things for this second day of our Book and Barn Sale. It may be windy but we are still here. We appreciate your support and your purchases. Come on out and look at what we have. I also brought a nice setting for eight of F.B. Rogers utensils. It is fancy for the holidays. Ask me if you want to see it.

10/11/2019

The first day of the Book and Barn Sale was a resounding success. We had large crowds of people and we were selling a lot of items. We will be putting out a lot of new items tomorrow, so come around and take a look.We take credit cards; Visa, MC and Discover. i have found a set of silverplate utensils. It is F.B. Rogers FBR33 pattern setting for eight. It comes in a box. It is clean but needs a final polish. It is a festive design just right for the holidays and is priced less than some cheap stainless.Come see. Come around and take a look. We will probably have something that you can't live without. Every cent that we get gos to the Garden Grove Historical Society for the maintenance and upkeep of the Stanley Ranch Museum.

10/09/2019

The Barn and Book sale starts tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. We have plenty of books. Our jewelry case is packed full of items. We have a nice selections of ladies watches including some vintage wind up watches. We also have two red weed pots form a well known San Francisco pottery. We still have tobey mugs and plenty of jigsaw puzzles. If you collect beanie babies, we have them. The new ones are inside and the donated items will be outside. Come by each day. We are always putting out new things. Also please visit our ebay listings. Our seller name is gardengrovehistoricalsociety. See you at the barn sale. Oh yes! We also take credit cards, visa and MC.

We also take credit cards-MC and Visa
10/07/2019

We also take credit cards-MC and Visa

10/05/2019

We are having a tour tomorrow, Sunday, October 6, at 1:30 p.m. Come out and see the Stanley House (it is not haunted), the fire truck and the Disney Garage plus other buildings.

And don't forget the Barn and Book Sale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 10 - 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please do not bring any donations until mid-December. We don't have space to store them until then. We do accept donations of time, talent and treasure always.

10/03/2019

Our next public tour will be this Sunday, October 6, at 1:30 p.m.

The Barn Sale takes place this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 10 - 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. We are rapidly approaching the starting time. We are beginning to set up.

Please, at this time DO NOT bring any donations. We have no place to store them. If you can, hold on to them until mid-December. We should have space available for them.

09/14/2019

We are having a public tour tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 1:30 p.m.

Preparations for our Barn and Book Sale are well underway. At this time, we do not need clothing or furniture. If you have those to donate, please give them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. We always need donations of small things, like jewelry, watches, coins, stamps and silverware. Also, donations of good ole' cash is always appreciated. We have office hours on Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon if you wish to drop anything off. Donation receipts will be given by request. Every nickel raised by the sale of your donated items goes to the Garden Grove Historical Society for the maintenance and upkeep of the Stanley Ranch Museum and grounds. We have no paid staff. Every person you see here giving a tour, processing the donations and working the barn sale is a volunteer. Please come for a tour tomorrow and shop at the barn sale on Oct. 10 - 12.

09/05/2019

We are busy preparing for our next Barn and Book Sale which will be held Oct. 10 - 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At this time we do NOT need clothing or furniture. If you have these, please donate them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. What we do need are small items like watches, jewelry, gift items, small silver and gold items, collectibles and coins. We have an ebay site for items of greater value and more specialized items. If you need fraternal items, please look there or contact us.

Our next public tour is September 15 at 1:30 p.m.

08/30/2019

Our next public tour will be this Sunday, September 1 at 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the Orange Street fair or whatever else you are doing and come visit us.

We are also busily preparing for the next barn and Book Sale which will be held Oct. 10 - 12. At this time, we do not need regular clothing items. Please give those to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. We do need new clothing or party wear.

We also are in need of jewelry items, watches (even dead ones, especially with precious metal cases) and sterling silver and silverplate utensils. I know from personal experience that you can sell jewelry yourself but frequently the hassle and low prices you get are hardly worth the effort. We can take the time to sell things that many people don't have.

We are grateful for all donations. Every cent we receive goes to the Stanley Ranch Museum for upkeep and maintenance of the grounds and buildings. We have no paid staff; all of the people you meet giving the tours, processing the donations and running the organization are volunteers. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity please consider us.

Address

12174 Euclid St
Garden Grove, CA
92842

General information

Our docent-led tours are held on the first and third Sundays of each month, from 1:30-3:00 PM. We ask for a $5.00 donation from adults and $1.00 from children. Our volunteer staff of local historians are happy to share the history of Garden Grove and hope to give our guests a vision of what life was like here in the late 19th century. Group tours are available and can be arranged by calling ahead of time or contacting us by email. DONATION POLICY FOR ITEMS GIVEN TO THE MUSEUM. We accept items by donation only. Board policy has always been not to accept loans of any kind. Museums deaccession items all the time due to changing tastes, goals and finances. A loaned item may not be sold, given away, transferred to another institution, licensed or destroyed. If you have items that you are not sure that you wish to donate, please keep them. In the future, if you wish to donate items, we would be glad to accept them.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Friday 09:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(714) 530-8871

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Can you post a link to your Ebay store? thank you
The Garden Grove Historical Society has started a web page. It is www.stanleyranch.org. The website is a work in process, much like Garden grove itself.
The Garden Grove Historical Society has launched a website. It is www.stanleyranch.org . It is still a work in process. I'm a novice at website building but as Hollywood has said, "Build it and they will come."
When is the next barn sale?