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

07/23/2021

I have some good news. On Sunday, I made a complaint that someone had dumped some very large couches here. Well, Amvets picked them up. They do take large pieces of furniture. They will also pick them up. Their number is 562-470-6805.

We do take donations of items but we do not take furniture.

07/19/2021

Today, we had our public tour and it went well. We got to meet some nice people.

HOWEVER, someone had dumped two large 8 foot sofas by the barn Friday afternoon. I have stated here and we have a sign on the barn wall that we don't take furniture. Yet they were dumped on us. They are too big to move easily.

We are going to have to spend money to dispose of them since we are considered a business. We would much rather spend our money on the museum.

I am sorry to have to vent like this but someone had no consideration for us. If someone wants them, come get them. They need cleaning but appear to be in decent shape.

Remember, we do take donations but not furniture, large appliances, electronics or liquids.

Like I have said, I am sorry to vent. Next posting, i hope to be able to bring something new about Garden Grove history to you.

07/17/2021

We are having a public tour tomorrow, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. Come out and see inside some of our buildings. Our docents are ready to tell about some of the people who lived here and helped build Garden Grove.

Speaking of docents, we need them. If you like to talk and like people and have a few hours available on the first and third Sunday, please come out. We have a place for you. You will learn about the buildings and the people. Our tours are not canned: you can talk about what interests you along with the basics. Every building has a history and the people who lived or worked inside them have histories. We have a home of a renowned horticulturist. We have the childhood home of a professional athlete whose innovation changed the face of a major sport.

06/24/2021

As you know if you have followed us, our main source of income is our Barn and Book Sale. Your donations are sorted and priced and sold. Currently, we are overloaded with clothing, so for the next two months, please do not bring us any clothing. We do not have a place to put it.

We are in need of collectible items, some types of cookware and books.

Items we do not accept are large appliances, as stoves, refrigerators or freezers. We do not accept paint (it is considered hazardous waste), electronics, beds, mattresses or furniture. We also do not accept food for human consumption in any form, liquids, hair care products, or any opened containers or scratched non stick cookware.

When you are gathering items for donation consider what you would do with it if we were not here: if you would discard it, please discard it. If it is good for donation for resale, donate it, remembering what we can not take.

Thank you for all of your donations. We work hard getting the Barn and Book Sale together. We especially need VOLUNTEERS to help us. If you have some time on Tuesdays or Fridays in the morning, we can use you. If you like gardening, our two acres is constantly in need or care somewhere on the grounds. If you have a retailing background, we could use help sorting and pricing the donations. Memberships in the Garden Grove Historical Society is only $20 a year for a single person, $35 for a family..

If you have historical items directly linked to Garden Grove, we welcome your donations. We can archive them or, if we have duplicates, well them on ebay to raise funds. If you have historical items that can be linked to somewhere else, we can also use them. Sometimes we sell them, sometimes if we can find another museum or historical society in that area, we send them on to them.

06/19/2021

We are going to have a public tour this Sunday, June 20, at 1:30 p.m. It is Father's Day so bring dad out and tour our buildings. meet at the General Store before 1:30 p.m. and sign in.

06/05/2021

We are having a public tour of the Stanley Ranch Museum campus tomorrow, June 6, at 1:30 p.m. A docent will lead you through the Stanley House and tell you about the family that lived there. Other things that you will see is Garden Grove's first fire truck and Walt Disney's first studio after he arrived in Hollywood.

See you tomorrow.

In doing some research in the Anaheim Gazette of 9-30-1876, I ran across this little news excerpt. Sounds very contempor...
05/20/2021

In doing some research in the Anaheim Gazette of 9-30-1876, I ran across this little news excerpt. Sounds very contemporary. The disease was smallpox.

In doing some research in the Anaheim Gazette of 9-30-1876, I ran across this little news excerpt. Sounds very contemporary. The disease was smallpox.

05/13/2021

This Sunday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. we will be having a public tour. Come out and see our buildings. Our docents will be ready to show you around.

I do a lot of research online using many of the newspapers that have been digitized. It makes things much easier to do than in the past. We have started a project to digitize the newspapers we have in our archives. The Garden Grove News began in 1909 and was published weekly under various titles until the 1980's. We have the most complete set of these papers anywhere, but what we have is not complete. We need a lot of papers from 1909 through about 1920 and August of 1947. if you have any old Garden Grove newspapers, even just a page, please consider donating to us so we may digitize them.

05/02/2021

We are having a public tour of our buildings today at 1:30 p.m. Come out and spend some time looking at history. Learn about who started the farm and how it survived for so long.

We will have some of our books about Garden Grove and the Disney Garage for sale.

It is supposed to be a nice day, so come on out and visit us.

04/30/2021

We are having a public tour of our buildings this Sunday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m. Come on out and see what is inside the Stanley ranch house. See the fire truck, Look at the items inside the Disney Garage.

It is supposed to be a nice day. Let us share some of our history with you.

04/25/2021

The Barn and Book Sale has come to a successful conclusion. Thank you to all of you who came out and purchased your latest treasures. Thank you to the volunteers who worked the tables and the barn, Emerson Hall and the merchandise areas to keep the items coming out for sale. The next sale will be in October.

We will be putting the items away and getting everything ready to sort and price things for the next sale. We will also be preparing to reopen for meetings (hopefully). We are already open for tours on the first and third Sundays.

If you can, please refrain from bringing donations for a couple of weeks, so we can put everything away and open space up for new items.

Again, thank you for being part of our Book and Barn Sale.

Today is the last day of the Barn and Book sale. We have restocked and are ready to go. We have some new Disney items an...
04/24/2021

Today is the last day of the Barn and Book sale. We have restocked and are ready to go. We have some new Disney items and two Kishwood marquetry pictures. The small one is on display. The large one is available. Please ask for Karl.

Thank you for coming out and please come out today. This is a major fund raiser for the Garden Grove Historical Society.

Today is the last day of the Barn and Book sale. We have restocked and are ready to go. We have some new Disney items and two Kishwood marquetry pictures. The small one is on display. The large one is available. Please ask for Karl.

Thank you for coming out and please come out today. This is a major fund raiser for the Garden Grove Historical Society.

Day 2 of out Barn and Book sale is now history. It was a good say. many of you who visited got a good deal on the things...
04/24/2021

Day 2 of out Barn and Book sale is now history. It was a good say. many of you who visited got a good deal on the things that called your name. We are still bring out new items. Those of you who visited on Thursday but not today: if you come tomorrow, you will be about 2/3 new items in Emerson Hall. We still have the statehood quarters, the crystal and vases, the McDonald's toy kitchen and the electric scooter.

We found a covid vaccination card in our parking lot. If you lost yours, please call us and identify yourself. If you are the owner of the card, we will contact you.

Remember, tomorrow is the last day of our sale. We will be here from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Day 2 of out Barn and Book sale is now history. It was a good say. many of you who visited got a good deal on the things that called your name. We are still bring out new items. Those of you who visited on Thursday but not today: if you come tomorrow, you will be about 2/3 new items in Emerson Hall. We still have the statehood quarters, the crystal and vases, the McDonald's toy kitchen and the electric scooter.

We found a covid vaccination card in our parking lot. If you lost yours, please call us and identify yourself. If you are the owner of the card, we will contact you.

Remember, tomorrow is the last day of our sale. We will be here from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The first day of the Barn and Book Sale is in the books. You came out and made a lot of purchases. We have restocked our...
04/23/2021

The first day of the Barn and Book Sale is in the books. You came out and made a lot of purchases. We have restocked our shelves with more items. We still have the McDonalds toy kitchen, the electric scooter, the statehood quarters and the William Yeoward crystal available. Please ask for Karl.

If you need plastic bins for storage, we have many available in several sizes. The may show bumps and bruises from prior use but they still function fine. They run from about $3 - $5.

We also have luggage available. If you are ready to travel and need something to carry your clothes in, we have some.

Come out today and see what new items we have.

We accept cash, checks and credit cards. Also, no bills over $20.

We open at 8 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m.

It starts today. The sale is today, tomorrow and Saturday (April 22 - 24) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Remember, wear your ma...
04/22/2021

It starts today. The sale is today, tomorrow and Saturday (April 22 - 24) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Remember, wear your mask and maintain social distancing.

It starts today. The sale is today, tomorrow and Saturday (April 22 - 24) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Remember, wear your mask and maintain social distancing.

We are ready for our Barn and Book Sale, starting tomorrow April 22 through April 24 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each da...
04/21/2021

We are ready for our Barn and Book Sale, starting tomorrow April 22 through April 24 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day.

Today we are featuring this electric scooter. It runs and is complete. If you are interested in it, ask for Karl or Terry.

We are following the same protocols as the last sales:

Masks must be worn
No hold table or restrooms
Social distancing must be maintained
There will be a limit to the number of people permitted into Emerson Hall and the barn so social distancing can be maintained.

We have a large selection of items, with new items being brought out each day. Come often and bring money or credit cards.

We accept MC, Visa and Discover cards.

Remember to ask about the Harrach vases, the William Yeoward crystal bowls, the McDonald's kitchen or the scooter if you are interested.

We are nearly ready for our  barn and Book Sale. Here are some pictures of Emerson hall. If you collect Bohemian art gla...
04/20/2021

We are nearly ready for our barn and Book Sale. Here are some pictures of Emerson hall. If you collect Bohemian art glass, we have a pair of Harrach vases. We also just received an Ipad 2. It is ready to use. It does need a power cord. There is also a complete set of statehood quarters. We will be continually putting out new things, so please come visit us each day, Apr. 22 - 24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the sale we will require masks to be worn and social distancing to be maintained. Numbers inside Emerson Hall and the barn will be limited so social distancing can be kept.

We also take credit cards. So come out and visit us on Apr. 22 - 24.

Our Barn and Book Sale preparations are nearly done.Today, we are featuring a McDonald's toy kitchen. It was generously ...
04/20/2021

Our Barn and Book Sale preparations are nearly done.

Today, we are featuring a McDonald's toy kitchen. It was generously donated to us by a former elected official. It is clean and complete. If you collect McDonald's items (you know who you are!) this will be a crown jewel in your collection. We are asking $200 OBO.

Email us at [email protected] if you are interested. Ask for Karl at the Barn Sale.

Remember, April 22 - 24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will have a large selection of items.

Our Barn and Book Sale starts this Thursday, April 22 at 8 a.m. We will be well stocked with items.I am going to feature...
04/19/2021

Our Barn and Book Sale starts this Thursday, April 22 at 8 a.m. We will be well stocked with items.

I am going to feature several unusual items 0ver the next three days that you do not usually see at a sale like this. We have received a set of 6 William Yeoward ruby 5 inch crystal bowls. These are high quality items. 4 of them have tiny nicks and chips in the rim, which are repairable. 2 bowls are perfect. If you collect fine crystal, this would make a nice addition to your collection. We are asking $200 OBO.

If you wish to see them. ask for Karl at the sale or email us at [email protected].

04/18/2021

Remember, today at 1:30 p.m. , we are having a public tour at the Stanley Ranch Museum. Our docents are ready to show you the Stanley House, fire station. school house, post office and Schnitger house. If you are a baseball fan, we have a building that once was the residence of a very important person in the sport.

04/17/2021

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m. we will be having a public tour. We will be able to take you inside the buildings for the first time since October. we will have some books available for sale also.

We require masks to be worn and social distancing must ne maintained. groups must be kept to 6 or less.

04/16/2021

This Sunday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m., we are having an indoor tour. Come see the inside of the Stanley House, the fire station, the School House, the Post Office and the Schnitger House. It has been a long time coming.

We are also in the final stages of preparing for our Barn and Book sale on April 22 - 24.

Please do not bring any items for donation until after the sale. We do not have a place to put them.

At both the tour and sale we require masks and social distancing.

We are getting ready for our Barn and Book Sale on April 22 - 24. This electric scooter was donated to us. It is used bu...
04/10/2021

We are getting ready for our Barn and Book Sale on April 22 - 24. This electric scooter was donated to us. It is used but is working. If you are interested please email us at [email protected]

Local McDonald's collectors! Attention!We have been preparing for the Barn and Book Sale when this donation came in. It ...
04/10/2021

Local McDonald's collectors! Attention!

We have been preparing for the Barn and Book Sale when this donation came in. It is for sale for $200 OBO. If you are interested please email us at [email protected]

It looks like it is complete.

Local McDonald's collectors! Attention!

We have been preparing for the Barn and Book Sale when this donation came in. It is for sale for $200 OBO. If you are interested please email us at [email protected]

It looks like it is complete.

Our Barn and Book Sale will be Apr. 22 - 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The same rules as last time will be in force_Mask...
04/05/2021

Our Barn and Book Sale will be Apr. 22 - 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The same rules as last time will be in force
_Masks must be worn
-No hold table
-No rest rooms
-No trying on clothes
_There will still be limits to the numbers permitted in Emerson Hall
and the barn

We have been working hard getting ready.

At this time PLEASE DO NOT bring donations of clothing, housewares or dishes. We are out of storage space and it will not be able to be processed.. We do need donations of small things like watches and jewelry, collectibles and unused and gently used toys. If it fits in your pocket, we will be able to use it.

This is our main source of funding. Please mark you calendars and come visit on April 22 - 24.

Our Barn and Book Sale will be Apr. 22 - 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The same rules as last time will be in force
_Masks must be worn
-No hold table
-No rest rooms
-No trying on clothes
_There will still be limits to the numbers permitted in Emerson Hall
and the barn

We have been working hard getting ready.

At this time PLEASE DO NOT bring donations of clothing, housewares or dishes. We are out of storage space and it will not be able to be processed.. We do need donations of small things like watches and jewelry, collectibles and unused and gently used toys. If it fits in your pocket, we will be able to use it.

This is our main source of funding. Please mark you calendars and come visit on April 22 - 24.

03/20/2021

We will be having an outdoor (mostly) tour tomorrow Sunday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. We will tell the stories of the buildings and the people who lived there. Now for the good news; the fire house, School House and the Disney Garage will be open. We are still cleaning the other buildings. Full tours should start for public and private groups in mid-April.

We will have a selection of books about Garden Grove and the Disney Garage for sale in the general store.

Remember, tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. we will have a tour.

Mask and social distancing will be required and groups must be smaller than 6 people.

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

Products

We sell some higher value donated items on ebay. The seller name is gardengrovehistoricalsociety Items vary.

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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."