Come learn about the history of the Irvine Ranch inside James Irvine's original ranch house.
This will be fun!! Come party like it’s 1919!
Our favorite darling @janetklein will be joining us for our big soirée on September 14th! Don’t miss an evening of music, dancing, dinner, cheer, and celebration! It’s our birthday and YOU are invited to the swellest party in town! Ticket link in bio! 💕 #1920s #birthdayparty #orangecounty #ocevents #gala #ochistory #ochs #celebration #janetklein #janetkleinandherparlorboys #livemusic
Come join us at this special free event!
ONE WEEK AWAY! The OC History Roundup is coming! We’ll have over 20 amazing organizations joining us to share their history with you! 11am-4pm FREE! 🎉
This Sunday it’s back to school!
Join historians for a presentation on Feb. 24 about the first school established in what would become the city of Irvine.
Come join us for our February "Let's Talk History Event" on Sunday, February 24th
Take a trip back in time and visit Knowlwood's World Famous Hamburgers . The former Blacksmith Shop
Then and Now: Blacksmith Shop and Garage March 28, 2017 by admin 3 Comments The intersection of Burt Road and Sand Canyon Ave was once “downtown” on the old Irvine Ranch. The little town of Irvine was originally named Myford after James H. Irvine’s youngest son. Businesses sprang up around the...
Come Join us this Sunday, November 18th from 3-5pm for our monthly Let's Talk History Happy Hour.. This month we'll be sharing Thanksgiving Traditions...come share yours and maybe a favorite recipe! Light Refreshments will be served. $5 Donation Suggested.
Bommer Canyon Renovation Alert: The City of Irvine will host a public hearing this Wednesday, October 17th at 5:30pm. Please come and insure that historic landmarks in our city are preserved and protected! http://www.cityofirvine.org/parks-facilities/bommer-canyon-cattle-camp-rehabilitation
Join us this Thursday, October 4 at Old Town Irvine for an evening Open House! Greater Irvine Chamber welcomes Portraits by Vin Weathermon with a Ribbon Cutting event at 4:30pm.. Tours follow til 7:30pm.
Gigasavvy Knowlwood Irvine #8 La Quinta Inn & Suites Irvine Spectrum will be open for tours..
Maybe you've seen the collection of old warehouses and vintage structures near Sand Canyon and the 5
Anyone remember the old Rancho San Joaquin Gazette? You may not know that this colorful and creative publication was written by Jim Sleeper, when he was working as staff historian for the Irvine Company from 1965-69.
Don't miss your chance to hear Phil Brigandi talk about this iconic historian at our Evening on The Ranch Dinner on Thursday, September 27 from 5-9pm.
Tickets on sale here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-on-the-ranch-2018-tickets-49199103844
Special Guest Alert!! Join us for this month's History Happy Hour on Sunday, September 23 from 3-5pm. Our guest will be new Irvine City Manager John Russo. It's your chance to meet him, ask a few questions and find out his goals for the city of Irvine!
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Once again this year, we will be holding our "Evening On The Ranch" event at the historic Duck Club, in the heart of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Our program "Jim Sleeper and The Irvine Ranch" will tell the story of one of Orange County's most beloved historians. Fow many years, Sleeper wrote...
Jim Sleeper was one of Orange County's most iconic historians. Join us on Thursday, September 27th as author Phil Brigandi speaks on "Jim Sleeper and The Irvine Ranch." tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-on-the-ranch-2018-tickets-49199103844
Don't miss "Let's Talk History" Happy Hour this Sunday , August 26th when we talk about the history of trains on the Irvine Ranch. 3-5pm
When the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (Santa Fe) was given the right-of-way across the Irvine Ranch in 1887, a "first-class" train station was part of the deal. The station was eventually built in 1910. James H. Irvine set aside land to create a warehouse and shipping center near the station. During harvest time, the area was unofficially known as "Beantown."
All Aboard for our History Happy Hour!
Sunday, August 26th from 3-5pm at the Irvine Historical Museum.
Join us on Sunday, August 26th for this month's History Happy Hour, featuring "Trains on The Irvine Ranch"
Long before the Irvine Metrolink Station, trains were an important part of the history of the Irvine Ranch.
Irvine can trace its train heritage back to 1887, when the Santa Fe was given right of way across the ranch. Soon a shipping center was established near the tracks and the town center that is now Old Town Irvine was born. This month, longtime resident Clifford Prather will share his collection of rare photos of the days when trains stopped at the packing houses all along the Venta Spur.
We will meet at the Irvine Historical Museum from 3-5pm and learn how trains once played a pivotal role on the Irvine Ranch.
Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested.
A great little post about our great little museum! Thanks Irvine Standard !
Although it may seem out of place nestled next to the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, the Irvine Historical Museum is the most historic spot in the city; not merely for the artifacts inside, but for the actual building itself.
Check out this video capturing the legendary Huell Howser's visit to Irvine's Limestone Canyon...
Huell Howser in Irvine? The late TV personality Huell Howser rarely was at a loss for words while hosting 24 seasons of “California’s Gold.” But watch what happens the first time he glimpses Limestone Canyon on the Irvine Ranch.
Come join us this Sunday, July 22 from 3-5pm for this month's Let's Talk History Happy Hour.
Our theme this month is all about YOUR local history! Show and Tell your photos and artifacts...we want to hear your story!
Let’s Talk History Happy Hour: Sunday, July 22 3-5pm July 17, 2018 by admin Leave a Comment Everyone has a story to tell…especially about the place where they live! This month’s history get-together will focus on your personal artifacts and treasures. Do you have some old pictures of the way t...
@irvinehistoricalsociety was featured on KTLA last Saturday!
If you missed the spot..you can watch it here.
KTLA's "Neighborhood Spotlight" gives you a closer look into the many wonderful communities in Southern California. This week, we're shining it on Irvine, CA. To learn more, visit the Irvine Historical Society.
Irvine Historical Society wishes all Dad's a Happy Father's Day!
(James H. Irvine and his son Jase fishing on Catalina Island. July 1899.)
If you needed supplies on the Irvine Ranch, you headed to the Irvine Store on Central Avenue (now Sand Canyon) It was built in 1911 at a cost of $5500, and was operated by an enterprising young woman named Kate Munger. This historic structure still stands in Old Town Irvine and is part of the Irvine Historical Society Walking Tour.
The Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp is slated for a rehabilitation project by the city of Irvine.
To learn more about this important Irvine Ranch Landmark, read the history article on the Irvine Historical Society Website.
There's still time to join us for this Sunday's Old Town Irvine Tour! June 10th at 12pm. Meet at the La Quinta Inn...
Come and take a trip back in time in your own backyard!
Tours *Please note: Reservations are required Powered by Eventbrite Hours & Admission Hours – Tours last approximately 1 hour Day Time 2nd Sunday of each month 12:00 noon Admission Members Free Non-Members $5.00+ Donation Contact for Further Information Gail Daniels 949-854-0510 Ellen Bell 9...
Preservation Alert! Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp is slated for restoration by the City of Irvine. Please visit their website and complete the survey asking for public comment.
If you want to see the heritage of this important Irvine Ranch landmark preserved, please let your voices be heard!
The Bommer Canyon Community Park Rehabilitation Project focuses on refreshing the former Cattle Camp, originally built in 1967. The 15-acre rustic site is a popular setting for parties, company picnics, weddings, family reunions and campouts.
Join us for our monthly History Happy Hour..."The Secrets of the Irvine Ranch" Longtime Irvine historian, Gail Daniels will be sharing local history lore..some you may not know!
Sunday, April 22 at the Irvine Historical Museum 3-5pm
Check out this month's blog post on our website...and learn about the early days in Irvine's second village...Turtle Rock
Join us this Sunday, March 18th from 3-5pm for this month's History Happy Hour at the Irvine Historical Museum!
"Let's Talk History"... as we discuss the streets of Irvine.
Join us for our monthly History Happy Hour on Sunday February 25th from 3-5pm
Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 3:00 PM: • What we'll doJoin us for a brief presentation from Mark Linsenmayer, Irvine Director of Transportation followed by a discussion of the history of Irvine's streets. Culver
We are hosting our first History Happy Hour this Sunday, January 28th at 3pm!! Come join us and meet other local history fans:)
Can you name this person from Irvine Ranch history? He's the fellow in the middle...
To learn more about this aviation pioneer..read our history article here!http://irvinehistory.org/blog/glenn-martin-on-the-silver-screen/
Cheers to 2018 from the Irvine Historical Society!
Let's celebrate the past in the New Year!
We will be open this Sunday, January 7th from 1-4pm.
Harvest Time in "Bean Town" ...today you can visit the old shipping and warehouse operations at Old Town Irvine (Sand Canyon and 5 Freeway)
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