Irvine Historical Society

Irvine Historical Society Come learn about the history of the Irvine Ranch inside James Irvine's original ranch house.
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This Sunday it’s back to school!
02/22/2019
Irvine Standard

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
01/30/2019
Meetup

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 Shophttp://irvinehistory....
11/13/2018
Then and Now: Blacksmith Shop and Garage

Take a trip back in time and visit Knowlwood's World Famous Hamburgers . The former Blacksmith Shop
http://irvinehistory.org/uncategorized/then-and-now-blacksmith-shop-and-garage/

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 s...
11/13/2018

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.

10/18/2018
Irvine Standard

Irvine Standard

Irvine historian and author Ellen Bell gives an up close look at where it all started, the historic Irvine Ranch. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2COeP4H

Join us this Thursday, October 4 at Old Town Irvine for an evening Open House! Greater Irvine Chamber welcomes Portraits...
10/02/2018
Old Town Irvine Open House: Thursday, Oct 4

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..
https://www.destinationirvine.com/blog/post/old-town-irvine-open-house/

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 wri...
09/19/2018

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 ...
09/18/2018

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!

Don't miss "Let's Talk History" Happy Hour this Sunday , August 26th when we talk about the history of trains on the Irv...
08/24/2018

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."

Join us on Sunday, August 26th for this month's History Happy Hour, featuring "Trains on The Irvine Ranch"Long before th...
08/16/2018

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.

All Aboard!!

Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested.

Check out this video capturing the legendary Huell Howser's visit to Irvine's Limestone Canyon...
08/03/2018
Irvine Standard

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 ...
07/17/2018
Let’s Talk History Happy Hour: Sunday, July 22 3-5pm

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!

http://irvinehistory.org/uncategorized/lets-talk-history-happy-hour-sunday-july-22-3-5pm

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...

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07/17/2018

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Irvine Historical Society wishes all Dad's a Happy Father's Day!(James H. Irvine and his son Jase fishing on Catalina Is...
06/17/2018

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 bu...
06/12/2018

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 imp...
06/08/2018

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.
http://irvinehistory.org/blog/page/4/

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...Com...
06/05/2018
Tours

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!

http://irvinehistory.org/tours-offered-by-the-society/

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 websit...
05/02/2018
Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp Renovation

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!
http://www.cityofirvine.org/parks-facilities/bommer-canyon-cattle-camp-renovation

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 w...
04/17/2018

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

We are hosting our first History Happy Hour this Sunday, January 28th at 3pm!! Come join us and meet other local history...
01/23/2018

We are hosting our first History Happy Hour this Sunday, January 28th at 3pm!! Come join us and meet other local history fans:)

Cheers to 2018 from the Irvine Historical Society! Let's celebrate the past in the New Year!We will be open this Sunday,...
01/03/2018

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 Ca...
11/30/2017

Harvest Time in "Bean Town" ...today you can visit the old shipping and warehouse operations at Old Town Irvine (Sand Canyon and 5 Freeway)

40 years ago, the Irvine Historical Society shared the city's past at the 1977 Fall Heritage Festival.
11/28/2017

40 years ago, the Irvine Historical Society shared the city's past at the 1977 Fall Heritage Festival.

The Irvine Historical Society wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Our Museum will be closed this Sunday, November 26th...
11/23/2017

The Irvine Historical Society wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Our Museum will be closed this Sunday, November 26th..in observance of the holiday.

The museum will be closed on Halloween...Have a safe and fun holiday!
10/31/2017

The museum will be closed on Halloween...Have a safe and fun holiday!

Join us for Kids Crafts at the Museum...this Sunday, October 29th at 2pm.
10/26/2017

Join us for Kids Crafts at the Museum...this Sunday, October 29th at 2pm.

James H. Irvine wanted to save a grove of old, California Live Oak trees at the northern portion of his ranch. In 1897, ...
10/25/2017

James H. Irvine wanted to save a grove of old, California Live Oak trees at the northern portion of his ranch. In 1897, he donated 160 acres to the county to form a regional park so they would be protected. Today, if you visit the Irvine Regional Park, you can still sit in the shade of these trees. A statue honoring Mr. Irvine is nearby.

There's still time to get your tickets to the Evening on the Ranch event on October 29th at the Duck Club. You can purch...
10/23/2017
Evenin' on The Ranch 2017

There's still time to get your tickets to the Evening on the Ranch event on October 29th at the Duck Club.
You can purchase your tickets online here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evenin-on-the-ranch-2017-tickets-37930926422?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

To celebrate our longstanding partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, we will be holding this year's "Evenin' On The Ranch" event at the historic Duck Club, in the heart of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Our program "Water on the Irvine Ranch: Past, Present and Future" will tell the s...

In 1888, James H Irvine (left) and his friend, Harry Baechtel, rode their velocipedes from San Francisco to San Diego. A...
10/18/2017

In 1888, James H Irvine (left) and his friend, Harry Baechtel, rode their velocipedes from San Francisco to San Diego. Along the way they surveyed the Irvine Ranch which he would inherit on his 25th birthday in 1892.

Happy 150th Birthday James H. Irvine, born on October 16th, 1867.Learn more about this Orange County pioneer and long ti...
10/16/2017
Happy 150th Birthday James Harvey Irvine!

Happy 150th Birthday James H. Irvine, born on October 16th, 1867.
Learn more about this Orange County pioneer and long time owner of the Irvine Ranch in this week's history blog.
http://irvinehistory.org/blog/happy-150th-birthday-james-harvey-irvine/

Happy 150th Birthday James Harvey Irvine! October 3, 2017 by admin Leave a Comment James Harvey Irvine was born on October 16, 1867….150 years ago. Chance are, the intensely private founder of the Irvine Company wouldn’t have wanted much of a birthday celebration. Irvine was a man of few words who p...

The Irvine Historical Society has been preserving Irvine's rich heritage since 1976. From the very beginning the  Irvine...
10/02/2017

The Irvine Historical Society has been preserving Irvine's rich heritage since 1976. From the very beginning the Irvine Ranch Water District has been an invaluable partner in this effort. Learn more about how the IRWD has worked to save and restore some of the historic structures of Irvine's agricultural past in this week's blog post. http://irvinehistory.org/blog/

Interested in Irvine history? Join us for our Evening on The Ranch event on Sunday,  October 29th from 5-8pm Our Program...
09/29/2017
Evenin' on The Ranch 2017

Interested in Irvine history? Join us for our Evening on The Ranch event on Sunday, October 29th from 5-8pm
Our Program "Water on the Irvine Ranch: Past, Present and Future," will show how this precious resource has shaped the course of local history and how it continues to be a key influence in the City of Irvine today.

Reserve your tickets today and support the preservation of Irvine history!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evenin-on-the-ranch-2017-tickets-37930926422

To celebrate our longstanding partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, we will be holding this year's "Evenin' On The Ranch" event at the historic Duck Club, in the heart of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Our program "Water on the Irvine Ranch: Past, Present and Future" will tell the s...

Irvine's first high school was University High, shown here under construction. Uni High, which opened in 1970, was origi...
09/27/2017

Irvine's first high school was University High, shown here under construction. Uni High, which opened in 1970, was originally part of the Tustin Union High School District.

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Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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