Tustin Area Historical Society

Tustin Area Historical Society The Tustin Area Historical Society was founded in 1976 for the purpose of preserving the rich and colorful historyof our local area.

You're invited to the a free, family-fun event - the Orange County History Roundup this Saturday from 11 to 4 at the Her...
06/05/2019

You're invited to the a free, family-fun event - the Orange County History Roundup this Saturday from 11 to 4 at the Heritage Museum (3101 W. Harvard, Santa Ana - close to Centennial Park and Fairview St.).

Explore the house built like a ship - the H. Clay Kellogg House! Walk through Gospel Swamp with volunteer naturalists! Visit a mining camp, authentic adobe and real coal forge blacksmith shop! Don't miss this chance to interact with costumed interpreters - a Dana Point whaler, a Silverado Canyon miner, and a San Juan Capistrano vaquero, along with historical societies and genealogical societies!

Local historians will present “Orange County History Talks” throughout the event, while storytellers will be stationed throughout the grounds to share a more their own personal experiences of living in Orange County during a different era. Lilies of the West string band will be serenading visitors while Artist on the Go Leslie Stone will be offering silhouette art!

All free and lots of fun!

The Tustin Area Historical Society will be there and we invite you to drop by and say Hi! and to learn more about our wonderful Old Town Tustin Museum and all the fun activities we sponsor. Hope to see you there!

Columbus was sitting pretty proud today at the Tustin Chili Cook-off.  What a great crowd and a wonderful event to benef...
06/03/2019

Columbus was sitting pretty proud today at the Tustin Chili Cook-off. What a great crowd and a wonderful event to benefit the city! Thank you to all those volunteers and city staff who made this happen! And to all the chili chefs & the organizations they supported - thank you for making this happen!

If you're going to the Tustin Chili Cookoff on Sunday, be sure to visit the Tustin Museum (next to i.Initial and America...
06/01/2019

If you're going to the Tustin Chili Cookoff on Sunday, be sure to visit the Tustin Museum (next to i.Initial and American Grub) to view our special Memorial Day tribute to those local men who paid the ultimate price to help us remain free. Also, we're leaving extra copies of our Tustin Walking Tour booklets right by the front museum door in case you'd like one.

If you're in the downtown area, stop by the Tustin Area Historical Society's Museum (395 El Camino Real, just north of M...
05/25/2019

If you're in the downtown area, stop by the Tustin Area Historical Society's Museum (395 El Camino Real, just north of Main) and check out the Memorial Day tribute to those local men who paid the ultimate price to help us remain a free nation. The display will be up all month!

Quick reminder:  Tonight (Monday the 20th), we're featuring an interesting program by nautical historian Bob Minty who w...
05/21/2019

Quick reminder:

Tonight (Monday the 20th), we're featuring an interesting program by nautical historian Bob Minty who will be discussing whaling off the coast of Orange County in his presentation “19th Century Legends: Whalers, Scrimshanders, and California Show Whaling”. Bob Minty is the Program Chair of the Dana Point Historical Society.

Also, winners of the annual Arv & JoAnn Bollesen Art Contest will presented and the winning art will be displayed.

Our meeting this month will be held at the Tustin Library on Main St at 7 pm (not the senior center this month). Admission is free to the public and all are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

A wonderful extra view of our recent 23rd annual Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour thanks to some great photos by John ...
05/14/2019

A wonderful extra view of our recent 23rd annual Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour thanks to some great photos by John McGuire, photographer extraordinaire!

Mark your calendar for an interesting program on Monday May 20th by nautical historian Bob Minty who will be discussing ...
05/11/2019

Mark your calendar for an interesting program on Monday May 20th by nautical historian Bob Minty who will be discussing whaling off the coast of Orange County in his presentation “19th Century Legends: Whalers, Scrimshanders, and California Show Whaling”. Bob Minty is the Program Chair of the Dana Point Historical Society.

Also, winners of the annual Arv & JoAnn Bollesen Art Contest will presented and the winning art will be displayed.

Our meeting this month will be held at the Tustin Library on Main St at 7 pm (not the senior center this month). Admission is free to the public and all are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

Don't recycle that tour program out just yet.  There are some great ads from our sponsors AND there are a number of mone...
05/06/2019

Don't recycle that tour program out just yet. There are some great ads from our sponsors AND there are a number of money-saving coupons in there. Such as:

Italian Express Pizza/Subs/More - pg 37 - various coupons
Round Table Pizza (pg 46) - various coupons
Corfield Feld Law (pg 28) - free consultation
Ivy's Bridge (pg 53) - Buy one item, get 2nd half off
American Grub restaurant (pg 62) - 15% off entire check
Zama Teas (pg 65) - free 16 oz tea with purchase of sandwich
The Black Marlin (pg 72) - Buy one entree, get 2nd half off

Quick, yank that program out of your recycle bin!

Once again, we had a wonderful tour this year.  Thank you so much to all the home and building owners, to our wonderful ...
05/05/2019

Once again, we had a wonderful tour this year. Thank you so much to all the home and building owners, to our wonderful volunteers, to our vendors and exhibitors, and to you, our visitors, who came and enjoyed the tour. We also want to thank all of our wonderful underwriters and sponsors who helped to back this event including: The Tustin Community Bank, Enderle Center, Wilcox Manor, Saddleback Chapel, Perez Brothers/Own it Now Realty, RE/MAX Partners (Tustin), David Buckingham Smith and Kim Harvey of Seven Gables Realty, Cox's Market Plaza, i.initial Screen Printing, and the Tustin Preservation Conservancy. - for your continued support and love for the Tustin community and its residents! The event was held May 4th, 2019 by the Tustin Area Historical Society. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year - May 2, 2020.

For those going to the wonderful Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour today (Saturday), the start location is at the Tusti...
05/04/2019

For those going to the wonderful Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour today (Saturday), the start location is at the Tustin Presbyterian Church, 225 W. Main (between El Camino & B St). (Click http://www.tustinhistory.com/promenade-start-map.htm for map.)
You can buy tickets there – or pick up your advance purchase tickets.

Today's schedule of activities include:

9:30 a.m.
- Opening Ceremonies (Mrs. B’s Consignments Parking Lot)
- Heritage Award honoring Joyce Bixler Miller and A.J. (Tony) Coco

10:00 am – All Activities Open
- Musical entertainment (Mrs. B’s, Church Courtyard, and McCharles House—thru-out day)
- Historical Architecture Walking Tour (meet at Tustin Presbyterian Church)
- Opportunity Drawing Ticket Sales (sold at Tustin Presbyterian Church)
- Homes and Gardens (indicated by balloons)
- Trolleys/Shuttle Service (indicated by balloons)
- Quilt Show (Fellowship Hall) and Vendors (Tustin Presbyterian Church Parking Area and Courtyard)
- Plein Air Artists and Musical Artists (Tustin Presbyterian Church Courtyard)
- Tustin Area Museum Open During Event

11:00 am
- Tree Walk (Stevens’ Square area on Main Street, across from Church)

12 noon
- Garden Talk by Armstrong Garden Centers (McCharles House Garden)

12 noon and 2:00 pm
- Maypole Dance Demonstration (Pankey Home front lawn)

2:30 pm
- Ticket Tables Closes

3:00 pm
- Homes, Gardens, and All Activities Close

Yes, it will be a creative extravaganza this Saturday!Decorate your home or find unique handcrafted gifts by visiting ou...
05/02/2019

Yes, it will be a creative extravaganza this Saturday!

Decorate your home or find unique handcrafted gifts by visiting our Vendor Stroll this Saturday from 9:30 to 3pm.

'That’s Sew Mimi' Designs will offer fabric table linens/accessories and knitted products to chose from.

Fused Glass Artist Peggy Chmiel offers everything glass in gorgeous colors, including plates, jewelry and wind chimes. Hope to see you there!

Be sure to visit our expanded Vendor Stroll and Artist Courtyard at Tustin Presbyterian Church as part of the Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour.

Interested in discounted tickets? Visit the museum Thursday or Friday (10 to 2) or buy online at www.tustinhistory.com/TustinPromenade.htm

Otherwise, we'll see you at the entrance to the Tustin Presbyterian Church at 225 W. Main St. on Saturday. The Homes & Gardens are open for tour from 10 to 3. Visit our website to see all the other activities you'll be able to participate in as part of the tour.

Visit our Vendor Stroll behind Tustin Presbyterian Church to catch the BEAUTIFUL and unique artwork created by Wood Work...
05/02/2019

Visit our Vendor Stroll behind Tustin Presbyterian Church to catch the BEAUTIFUL and unique artwork created by Wood Works and Emet Martinez.

The Home and Garden Tour runs from 9:30 am to 3 pm, Saturday May 4th, and includes many fun activities throughout the day.

Need tickets? Visit www.tustinhistory.com or purchase them on site at Tustin Presbyterian Church this Saturday.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "Every artist was first an amateur". Charles Cooley said "An artist cannot fail; it is a s...
05/02/2019

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "Every artist was first an amateur". Charles Cooley said "An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one".

Please be sure to visit our expanded Vendor Stroll and Artist Courtyard at Tustin Presbyterian Church this Saturday from 9:30 am to 3 pm as part of the Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour.

You won’t regret it! Pictured here are art/craft pieces by Kay Dygert, Three Peaches Design Studio and S.I.C.K. Pinstripe Art - all whom will be there on Saturday!

Interested in discounted tickets? Visit the museum Thursday or Friday (10 to 2) or buy online at www.tustinhistory.com/TustinPromenade.htm

Otherwise, we'll see you at the entrance to the Tustin Presbyterian Church at 225 W. Main St. on Saturday. The Homes & Gardens are open for tour from 10 to 3. Visit our website to see all the other activities you'll be able to participate in as part of the tour.

Remember Tupperware? Most of us have a Tupperware story from the past! And, who loves beautiful trendy clothes for men, ...
05/01/2019

Remember Tupperware? Most of us have a Tupperware story from the past! And, who loves beautiful trendy clothes for men, women and children? Please visit our Vendor Stroll at Tustin Presbyterian Church from 10-3 this Saturday as part of the Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour to check out Tracey Jacobs Colorful Tupperware booth and Debby Otts Beach Boutique - LuLaRoe. See you there!

One of the great things at our tour will be The Courtyard At Tustin Presbyterian Church this Saturday from 9:30 to 3:00p...
05/01/2019

One of the great things at our tour will be The Courtyard At Tustin Presbyterian Church this Saturday from 9:30 to 3:00pm letting you capture a glimpse of artists in action! Pictured here is Mary Beltran from The Elite Boutique who will be demonstrating how to make a handcrafted item yourself, and will also have crafted items to sell.

Gregg Bunch will also be actively working on his Golden Spike products, Plein Air Artist Kay Dygert and others will be actively painting, Flying Geese Quilters will be displaying their Opportunity Quilt and live music will be setting the mood for a pleasant day stroll through the Artist Courtyard and Vendor Stroll at TPC.

If you're interested in buying discounted tickets to this Saturday's Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour, you can go onll...
05/01/2019

If you're interested in buying discounted tickets to this Saturday's Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour, you can go onlline (http://tustinhistory.com/TustinPromenade.htm ) or visit the Tustin Area Museum this week - open every day from 10 to 2.

Advance tickets at the museum (and online) are discounted to $25 per person. (Cash or checks only, please. If you want to use a credit card, please pay online safely at our website.)

Discounted tickets are only available until Friday at 3 pm.

We're going to have a lot of fun Saturday. So many things you might want to do. We don't think you'll be disappointed!

Ah. Spring flowers means the Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour is coming up again - next Saturday, May 4th - and you'...
04/27/2019

Ah. Spring flowers means the Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour is coming up again - next Saturday, May 4th - and you're invited!

You'll enjoy seeing how homeowners have turned their vintage homes and gardens into modern living spaces while maintaining the charm of yesteryear.

In addition to the tour of the homes and gardens, other included activities include an Old Town history walking tour with the Tustin Preservation Conservancy, a quilt show by the Flying Geese Quilting Guild, vintage vehicle displays, Maypole dancing performances, craft marketplace, gardening talk, and live music. We even feature a horse-drawn trolley to provide extra ambiance and transportation between most homes.

Tickets on the day of the event are $30; discounted pre-sale tickets ($25) available until May 3rd. For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.TustinHistory.com. The tour begins at the Tustin Presbyterian Church, 225 W. Main St., Tustin. A festive opening ceremony will commence at 9:30 am with the homes open from 10 am to 3 pm.

The tour is held by the Tustin Area Historical Society to support the Tustin Area Museum, their archives, and the Society’s other programs including “History in a Box” for school children.

Enjoy a fun day in Old Town! See you there!

Congrats to our own Steve Sauers (VP of TAHS & Home Tour chairman) for being named one of the "Superheroes of Tustin"  b...
04/22/2019

Congrats to our own Steve Sauers (VP of TAHS & Home Tour chairman) for being named one of the "Superheroes of Tustin" by the Tustin Community Foundation.

The SUPERHEROES OF TUSTIN Community Volunteer Recognition is a tribute to those who unselfishly volunteer their services to our community and to say " thank you" to those who work passionately to help others and improve our community by volunteering in our schools and houses of worship, with local school booster clubs and youth sports organizations,service clubs and other nonprofit organizations.

Steve is definitely one of our Superheroes and it's great that he's being recognized as one of Tustin's!

The Tustin Community Foundation is an amazing group that supports so many Tustin community organizations and residents through a variety of programs and activities. Find out more about the Superheroes and the organization, by visiting their website - http://tustincommunityfoundation.org/

Enjoy a fun visit in Tustin's Old Town by attending the annual Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour ("Walkin ‘n Rockin...
04/20/2019

Enjoy a fun visit in Tustin's Old Town by attending the annual Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour ("Walkin ‘n Rockin Thru Old Town Tustin") on Saturday, May 4th. You'll enjoy seeing how homeowners have turned their vintage homes and gardens into modern living spaces while maintaining the charm of yesteryear.

In addition to the tour of the homes and gardens, other included activities include an Old Town history walking tour with the Tustin Preservation Conservancy, a quilt show by the Flying Geese Quilting Guild, vintage vehicle displays, Maypole dancing performances, craft marketplace, gardening talk, and live music. We even feature a horse-drawn trolley to provide extra ambiance and transportation between most homes.

Tickets on the day of the event are $30; discounted pre-sale tickets ($25) available until May 3rd. For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.TustinHistory.com. The tour begins at the Tustin Presbyterian Church, 225 W. Main St., Tustin. A festive opening ceremony will commence at 9:30 am with the homes open from 10 am to 3 pm.

The tour is held by the Tustin Area Historical Society to support the Tustin Area Museum, their archives, and the Society’s other programs including “History in a Box” for school children.

Sixteen days left until we celebrate all that Old Town Tustin is - quaint vintage homes, unique gardens, amazing residen...
04/18/2019

Sixteen days left until we celebrate all that Old Town Tustin is - quaint vintage homes, unique gardens, amazing residents, historic downtown, and so much more - the Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour - Saturday, May 4th. You can buy your tickets in advance and with a discount by visiting our website at http://www.tustinhistory.com/TustinPromenade.htm. And don't forget live music, horse-drawn trolley, May Pole dance, friends, crafts, quilts, restaurants, shops, ..... What a day!

Thank you to the Foothills Sentry community newspaper for a wonderful article on our upcoming home tour.  More info & di...
04/05/2019

Thank you to the Foothills Sentry community newspaper for a wonderful article on our upcoming home tour. More info & discounted advance tickets are available on our website at www.TustinHistory.com. Hope to see you all there!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4th. The 23rd Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour returns. For more information and...
04/05/2019

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4th. The 23rd Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour returns. For more information and to buy discounted advance tickets, visit our website at http://tustinhistory.com/TustinPromenade.htm

What?  There will be Lions at the Tustin Museum this Saturday (March 30th) from 12 to 3?  Yep, Tustin Lion's invite you ...
03/27/2019

What? There will be Lions at the Tustin Museum this Saturday (March 30th) from 12 to 3? Yep, Tustin Lion's invite you to a special open house of the museum this weekend. They'll have displays and talk about the Lions Club's history in the Tustin community and all the good work they do. They'll share their 60 year old history, as well as offer some munchies and drinks. This is a great opportunity to learn about another one of Tustin's great service groups. Come on down and say hi!

Address

395 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA
92780

General information

Our Museum is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm, and on the first & third Saturdays from 12 to 3 pm. Thanks to the generosity of our members and sponsors, admission is free!

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 09:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(714) 731-5701

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