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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Operating as usual

12/05/2020

The first day of our Holiday Sale is now history. Thank you to everyone who came out. We sold many of our items to happy people. Thank you for your patience when you had to wait to get into Emerson Hall due to occupancy restrictions.

Saturday we will be open at 8 a.m. We have restocked much of our tables. If you need ornaments for your Christmas tree, we have them. We have packages of balls both solid colors and mixed colors for considerably less than the stores. We also have fancy individual ornaments. We have a nice selection of lead crystal and glass items including a Mats Jonasson koala paperweight. We still have a large collection of cookie cutters and McDonald's toys. I saw ribbon and wrapping paper, stuffed toys, including some Boyd's Bears for very reasonable prices. Come out and pick something up for everyone on your gift list (even you.)

On Sunday, December 6, we are going to have an outside tour of our buildings. Indoor museums are closed due to covid-19 protocols but outside museums can still operate. How long, we do not know. So at 1:30 p.m. Sunday we will give a tour of some of our buildings. We will tell you their stories. Normally, we ask for a donation. We will not ask for anything. If you desire, you can donate something if you like what you saw. All of the books we have for sale about Garden Grove and the Disney Garage will be for sale.

So tomorrow, we will have the sale and Sunday our tour. We hope to see you at one or both events.

12/04/2020

We are ready for our Holiday Sale. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow we will be offering a very nice selection of items for sale. Come get your tree ornaments, cookie cutters, McDonald's toys, crystal items, giftware. We have something for everyone on your gift list.

The usual safety protocols will be in force:
Masks must be worn
Limits on the number of guests in Emerson will be maintained.

The wind is not blowing at this moment, so as long as it does not blow, we will have clothing on the racks outside.

We take credit cards and touchless cards do work on our machine.

Come and shop today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

12/03/2020

The Holiday sale is going to happen! This Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. we will be selling all sorts of Christmas and gift items. Emerson Hall is full of things. We have Christmas ornaments for your tree,, cookie cutters so you can bake cookies, jewelry items and gift items. If you collect McDonald's toys, we found more. We have lots of small stocking stuffers in the back of Emerson Hall. There are games and puzzles, dolls and plates. We even have some gift wrap and ribbons. If the weather is nice, we will have clothing outside.

The same safety protocols will be in force as the last two sales;
Masks must be worn.
Hand sanitizer is available.
The restrooms are closed.
Clothing may not be tried on.
There will be limits to the number of guests in Emerson Hall.

We take credit cards. The machine will take touchless cards. The proceeds of this sale goes directly into the general fund for the maintenance of the Stanley Ranch Museum.

This has been a tough year. Our revenue is down because we have not been able to give many tours or have meetings. This sale will help to relieve some of the financial stress we have been experiencing.

We have a lot of nice things. Come out and find the perfect present for everyone on your shopping list (even yourself).

Remember Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

11/26/2020

Because we are now in the purple tier and indoor museums are shut down, we have cancelled decorating the inside of the Stanley House. We will put the wreath up on the outside of the house.

HOWEVER, the Holiday Sale is still on. The sale will take place on Dec. 4 - 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The same health protocols will be in place as the last two sales. We will have a large selection of Christmas and holiday gift items, decorations, cookie cutters, jewelry and fine ceramics and glass. if the weather is nice, we will have clothing outside.

We also have an ebay site where some of our more unusual items are for sale. we currently have some crystal and art glass items that would ne a nice addition to your collection. Our seller name is gardengrovehistoricalsociety.

On Dec. 6, we will be offering an outdoors tour of our museum. The doors of the fire house will be open as will the school house and Disney Garage. We will tell you about the buildings and the family whose farm we stand on. normally, we ask for a donation but we will give the tour for no charge. (Donations will be gratefully accepted and all of the books we have about Garden Grove and the Disney Garage will be for sale).

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/14/2020

Tomorrow, November 15, we are having a public tour at 1:30 p.m. Come see the newly repainted Stanley house and some of our other buildings. Masks are required and group size is limited so we can maintain social distancing.

We are also preparing for our Holiday Sale on December 4 - 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will have a have a nice selection of Christmas, and gift items for sale. All proceeds go to to the maintenance and preservation of the Stanley Ranch museum.
Masks must be worn and the number of guest will be limited inside Emerson hall.

At this time, please do not bring donations to us. We do not have the space to store them or process them until after the first of the year. We still accept donations of small items such as jewelry, watches and collectibles and items of a historical nature for our archives.

If you are looking to volunteer, we need you. We have need for more docents, gardeners and people to process our donations. We also have need for a volunteer property manager. We have office hours on Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and also can be reached by email at [email protected] or 714-530-8871.

Remember tours tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. and our Holiday Sale Dec. 4 - 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

11/03/2020

Someone called us and wanted to know about Colonia Manzanillo. We have mislaid his phone number. Please contact us again.

If you have historical questions that you would like an answer, please contact us at [email protected] with your question and please leave your name, address, phone number and email address. I have access to several online databases of information. We accept donations for the research time.

11/03/2020

We are busy preparing for our Holiday Sale on Dec. 4 - 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will have a nice selection of holiday and gift items available

At this time, please do not bring most donations. You have been very generous this year but we are out of space. We should be able to start accepting them again after the first of the year.

The types of items that we can accept are small things as collectibles, collections, jewelry and watches. We especially need clip earrings.

We will be giving our next tour on November 15, at 1:30 p.m.

10/31/2020

We had our Book and Barn Sale last week and thanks to your purchases were were able to meet some of our financial goals. Everything went smoothly and all of our guests were happy to be here. We are planning our annual Holiday Sale, which will be held on December 4 - 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. we will have more details as we get closer to those dates.

We will be having public tours on Sunday November 1 at 1:30 p.m. Come out and see the new painted Stanley House, our fire truck, the post office and the other buildings on our tour. masks will be required and social distancing must be practiced as much as possible.

Remember to turn your clocks BACK one hour Sunday morning. If you forget, you will be an hour late and miss the tour.

Our Barn Sale and the Holiday Sale are possible due to your donations of items.

These are some of the things we accept:

Housewares and small electrical appliances
Clothing
Jewelry and Watches-we are in special need for clip earrings.
Pictures and framed art
Linens
Collectibles of all types.

Examples of things that we DO NOT accept:

Large items such as beds and refrigerators
Electronic devices like computers and TV sets
Furniture
Heavy items-if you can't pick it up, we can't either.
Paint, varnishes and stains-these are considered hazardous waste.
Health related items and personal care items.
Baby car seats
Food and medications.

Please donate clean and washed items. We have been given items that have been so dirty that they had to be discarded.
most damaged items are not accepted. Exceptions are items made from precious metals like sterling silver or gold.

Of course we always accept donations of cash and time. If you are led to volunteer your time, we can find things for you to do.

10/24/2020

The final day of our Book and Barn Sale starts at 8:00 a.m. We have replenished our items. I would say that about 2/3 of what is in Emerson Hall today was not out for display Thursday.

The usual health protocols apply. masks are requires as are limits to the numbers of guest allowed in Emerson Hall.

Come out and find that treasure (or houseware or appliance) to you have been always looking for.

We will see you today.

10/23/2020

We have completed the first day of our Book and barn Sale. We were busy most of the day. The tables in Emerson Hall and the barn have been restocked and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

If you collect (or need for your kitchen) cookie cutters, we have them. Someone donated twelve large boxes of them to us. We have them in all sorts of sizes and quantities. If you need cookie cutters for Halloween or Thanksgiving or Christmas, we have them. Come see hem.

10/22/2020

The Barn and Book Sale starts today at 8:00 a.m. We have been working hard preparing for it.

The same safety protocols are in place as the last sale:

Masks must be worn
Social distancing must be practiced as much as possible.
The numbers of guests allowed in Emerson Hall and the barn will be limited.
The is no hold table. We have boxes available so you can carry your purchases.
There are no public restrooms. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Emerson Hall must accessed by the ramp only.
Clothes may not be tried on.

We encourage the use of credit cards.

This is our major fund raiser. We have all sorts of items available for purchase and will be putting new items as space opens up. Please come back as often as you can.

The streets are still being repaired so the only way to easily access us is from the south.

Our Book and Barn Sale starts on Thursday, Oct. 22 and runs to Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  each day. ...
10/20/2020

Our Book and Barn Sale starts on Thursday, Oct. 22 and runs to Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. each day. We have been preparing Emerson Hall and the barn. We have all sorts of items for sale.

We are having the same safety protocols as we had in the last Barn Sale:

Masks must be worn
No public restrooms
No hold table
Clothing may not be tried on
The numbers of guests in Emerson Hall and the barn will be limited by state mandate.
Entry to Emerson Hall will be by the ramp only

We have worked hard to prepare for this sale and have worked hard to ensure a safe place to shop. Everyone was very cooperative last sale and we look forward to the same this sale.

We accept credit cards for your convenience.

Some pictures have been posted showing some of our preparations. See you on Thursday.

10/17/2020

We are having a tour tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. We will have a selection of books about Garden Grove for sale. The Stanley House is in the process of being painted.

Our Barn and Book sale will take place Oct. 22 - 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
Safety protocols for both the tours and sale include:

Masks must be worn at all times
Tour groups will be limited to 6 for family groups or three for unrelated people.
There will be limited numbers of people admitted to the barn and Emerson Hall during the sale.
Emerson Hall may be entered only by the ramp.
There are no restrooms available.
There will be no hold table available.
Clothing may not be tried on.
You may not sit on the furniture.

We do have a large selection of items available.

We do take credit cards.

While we are getting ready for our Book and barn sale next week, the Stanley House is getting a new coat of paint.
10/13/2020

While we are getting ready for our Book and barn sale next week, the Stanley House is getting a new coat of paint.

10/12/2020

We have put our sign up for our Barn and Book sale. It will be Oct.22 - 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. We are having the same protocols as the July Sale:

Masks must be worn at all times
No hold table
No rest rooms
Limits to the numbers of guest permitted in Emerson Hall and the barn
Entry to Emerson Hall will be by the ramp only; the stairs will be closed.
Clothing may not be tried on
No sitting on the furniture

We will have a large assortment of items available and we are working hard to get everything ready.

Also, at this time, please DO NOT bring any donations until after the sale. We do not have a place to store them. We can not accept TVs,' electronics, computers, large pieces of furniture, health care items, children's car seats, food items, large appliances as refrigerators or mattresses. We are in special need of jewelry, both fine and fashion. We especially need clip earrings.

We are looking forward to seeing you for the sale. Remember Oct. 22 - 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We accept credit cards.

10/04/2020

Remember this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. we will be having a tour. We require that masks be worn at all times and social distancing be practiced as much as possible. Family groups of 6 or less are OK. Unrelated groups are limited to 3 or less.

The general store will be open. We have a number of Garden Grove history books available along with other items. We also have the book about the Disney Garage. (We do take credit cards!)

If you collect McDonald's Happy Meal toys (you know who you are!), I will bring two bankers boxes full of them. These were donated to us over 20 years ago by the local franchisee. The toys are unwrapped but never given out to customers. There are 20 or more different pieces available most in multiples.

Remember tours are at 1:30 p.m. today. see you there.

10/03/2020

I forgot to mention something. Please do not bring any more donations until after the barn sale. We do not have the space to store them. If you have clothing to donate, please take them to Salvation Army or Goodwill. Also, we can not take food items of any kind, health related items, (either hard or soft goods), or any type of electronics such as computers, monitors or TV sets. Electronics may be taken to Best Buy or Staples; they can recycle them. Nor can we take mattresses or most furniture or large items. If you can't carry it, neither can we.

We appreciate the donations that are given to us especially small items as jewelry, watches, glass and ceramics. They are our life blood. We have an ebay site that allows us to sell the valuable items that are donated.

The barn sale is less than three weeks away. We will have a wide selection of items available. Until then, please do not bring anything here because we do not have the space to store it.

10/03/2020

Good news! Tomorrow, October 4, at 1:30 p.m. we are going to have a public tour. We have not been able to give tours since mid March.

We have instituted the following safety policies:

Masks must be worn on the tour.
Family groups of 6 or less are permitted.
Unrelated groups of three or less are OK. Social distancing must be practiced.

Our general store will be open and we will have some Garden Grove history books as well as the Disney Garage book for sale along with some other items. I will try to bring some McDonald's happy meals toys from the late 80's and early 90's.

See you there!

This is downtown Garden Grove in 1915. The Sanborn fire insurance maps are online at the library of Congress. This is th...
09/05/2020

This is downtown Garden Grove in 1915. The Sanborn fire insurance maps are online at the library of Congress. This is the intersection of Euclid (now Main St.) and Ocean Ave. (now Garden Grove Blvd.) The YMCA is shown on the north side of Ocean Ave. If you notice, there is a building marked 'Moving Pictures" Garden Grove had a movie theater in 1915.

07/10/2020

The first day of our Book and Barn Sale is now history. The people who came were very cooperative. They wore masks and maintained social distancing as much as possible. Because we limited the number of people in Emerson Hall, a good side effect occurred. Because the number had to be limited, we kept the door closed. Because the door was closed, we could turn on the air conditioning. It was cooler inside and much calmer.

We continue the sale tomorrow and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The same rules apply as today:

Mask must be worn, numbers will be limited in Emerson hall and the barn. No restrooms or trying on of clothes.

Thank you for coming out today. We are putting out more things tomorrow. Come by and shop. Thank you.

07/09/2020

The barn and Book sale begins today. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Remember:

Masks are required to be worn while you are on our campus.

Numbers will be limited to 10 people in Emerson Hall and 6 people in the barn.

Maintain social distancing as much as possible.

The restrooms are closed.

There will be NO hold table. Please make multiple purchases as needed. We have boxes available so you can carry your items. If you have a cart, please bring it.

Clothing may not be tried on.

There are no chairs. Please, no congregating.

We encourage the use of credit cards.

When your make a purchase, you will be asked to put the items on the table and step back 6 feet. the items will be tallied and packed for you.

We are short handed, so Emerson Hall will be closed if we do not have enough staff.

I know that all these rules are frustrating, but the health of the volunteers and you are paramount. If at any time, it is determined that these rules are not being followed, you will be asked to leave and we will shut down. There are also several agencies that can shut everything down, so please adhere to these rules.

We want you to have as an enjoyable experience as possible. these are trying times and a little shopping could be therapeutic.

Remember: Masks must be worn.

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."