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.
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Operating as usual

07/09/2021

Tustin Museum open tomorrow 11-3, 395 El Camino Real, stop by for a free tour.

Stop by the museum and check out our latest acquisition. Log book and training manuals from the LTA Fire Department.
06/22/2021

Stop by the museum and check out our latest acquisition. Log book and training manuals from the LTA Fire Department.

The second Night at the Museum event featured Marlin Clark, 1948 Soap Box Derby champion, who shared his story with us.
06/22/2021
Night at the Museum - It's All Down Hill From Here

The second Night at the Museum event featured Marlin Clark, 1948 Soap Box Derby champion, who shared his story with us.

The second Night at the Museum event featured Marlin Clark, 1948 Soap Box Derby champion, who shared his story with us. Great event,

06/21/2021
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This is the second Tustin History Tour video. We had the opportunity to sit down with Cindy, Johnny and Eric Johnson and...
06/20/2021
Tustin History Tour - Blue Buoy Family Swim School

This is the second Tustin History Tour video. We had the opportunity to sit down with Cindy, Johnny and Eric Johnson and find out more about this amazing Tustin family owned business that is celebrating that is celebrating it's 65th anniversary.

Blue Buoy Family Swim School is celebrating 65 years in business. We had the opportunity to sit down with Cindy, Johnny and Eric Johnson and find out more a...

Bob Johnson was a longtime member of the Tustin Historical Society and a good man. He will be missed.
06/19/2021
Bob Johnson fought for fair housing in Orange County

Bob Johnson was a longtime member of the Tustin Historical Society and a good man. He will be missed.

Memorial service on Saturday. Johnson died in April at 88, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

06/16/2021

Today is a good day, Tustin! The Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-off is back! Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 15, 2021. See y'all there!

There's still a few tickets available for this Friday's Night at the Museum. Call the museum at 714-731-5701 or email tu...
06/09/2021

There's still a few tickets available for this Friday's Night at the Museum. Call the museum at 714-731-5701 or email [email protected] to buy tickets.

Night at the Museum
Friday, June 11th, 7:00 p.m.
Tustin Area Museum
$20 per person

Stories about Soapbox Derby in 1948
with Marlin Clark, driver of The Telegraph
sponsored car from Sidney, Nebraska

There's still a few tickets available for this Friday's Night at the Museum. Call the museum at 714-731-5701 or email [email protected] to buy tickets.

Night at the Museum
Friday, June 11th, 7:00 p.m.
Tustin Area Museum
$20 per person

Stories about Soapbox Derby in 1948
with Marlin Clark, driver of The Telegraph
sponsored car from Sidney, Nebraska

There have been dozens of wonderful teachers that have been part of Tustin's history. One of the most beloved teachers o...
06/06/2021

There have been dozens of wonderful teachers that have been part of Tustin's history. One of the most beloved teachers of all time had to have been Professor John J Zielian. "Zeke" as he was known, came to Tustin as principal of the Tustin Grammar School from 1889-1908, then as a teacher for 14 more years, until moving Into the Santa Ana School District. He was so loved that his students formed "Zeke's Bunch" and held reunions for over 42 years In honor of Professor Zielian. Professor Zielian passed away In 1939 and all of Zeke's Bunch have passed on but a part of Professor Zielian can still be seen. His home Is in the front of the Unity of Tustin Church at 14402 Prospect Avenue.

This Saturday the Tustin Police Dept. is having a virtual open house.  This is the display at the Museum that is helping...
06/02/2021

This Saturday the Tustin Police Dept. is having a virtual open house. This is the display at the Museum that is helping them promote the event. Stop by and check out it out.

This Saturday the Tustin Police Dept. is having a virtual open house. This is the display at the Museum that is helping them promote the event. Stop by and check out it out.

The names and faces of the Tustin men killed in action and missing in action honored at the Veterans Memorial. To learn ...
05/30/2021

The names and faces of the Tustin men killed in action and missing in action honored at the Veterans Memorial. To learn about them, visit the interactive kiosk at the Memorial or visit the Tustin Community Foundation’s Patriot and Pioneer website at tustincommunityfoundation.org. Tustin Community Foundation

A time to remember and honor!
05/29/2021

A time to remember and honor!

A time to remember and honor!

Latest in a series of videos where we sit down and have a chat with someone that has history in Tustin. This time we sat...
05/28/2021
A Chat with Joyce (Bixler) Miller

Latest in a series of videos where we sit down and have a chat with someone that has history in Tustin. This time we sat down with Joyce (Bixler) Miller and talked about growing up in Tustin.

Joyce's family has a long history in Tustin and we had a chance to learn more about what it was like growing up here. From Tustin Elementary School on Main S...

As we approach Memorial Day, we continue to honor several of Tustin's own heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice during...
05/26/2021

As we approach Memorial Day, we continue to honor several of Tustin's own heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. We remember Sgt. Allen Gregory Swaim (Tustin High Class of 1964), Sgt. Christy A. Peeber (Tustin Class of 1965), PFC Lawrence Churchill (Tustin Class of 1966) and PFC Carlos Davis (would have been Tustin Class of 1968). They will be in our hearts this Memorial Day.

Did you know that the streets of the Presidio Homes and Barcelona Homes In Tustin Ranch are named after 17 Tustin Men th...
05/25/2021

Did you know that the streets of the Presidio Homes and Barcelona Homes In Tustin Ranch are named after 17 Tustin Men that were Killed In Action or Missing In Action during World War 2, Korea and Vietnam? As Memorial Day Is a week away, take a moment to remember a few of Tustin's young men, that are still missing in action. They were from large families, only children, prominent citizens and farmers. They were single, married and fathers. They were athletes and scholars. They were our neighbors. We remember them.

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
05/23/2021
100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Tustin High School, the flagship school of Tustin Unified School District is celebrating 100 years! In 1921, approximately 75 high school students attended their classes in the Tustin Primary School until the new high school building was completed. Tustin Union High School opened its doors on

In 1919, Archibald Ralph bought 40 acres of land from James Irvine (for $40,000). He planted trees, built horses stables...
05/12/2021

In 1919, Archibald Ralph bought 40 acres of land from James Irvine (for $40,000). He planted trees, built horses stables and ten years later built a beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival House for his new bride, Louise. Besides the income producing ranch, Mr Ralph was the Secretary of the Auto Club of Orange County and ran his own insurance company. Mr. Ralph died in 1937 and his widow continued to live in the house until 1962 when she sold it to developers. You can still see the Archibald Ralph house today as the La Jolla Plaza on Irvine Blvd.

Take a stroll through Old Town tonight and stop by the Tustin Area Museum from 6-8pm to enjoy some live music by two tal...
05/07/2021

Take a stroll through Old Town tonight and stop by the Tustin Area Museum from 6-8pm to enjoy some live music by two talented local artists- and grab an epic burger next door at American Grub if you're hungry!

Take a stroll through Old Town tonight and stop by the Tustin Area Museum from 6-8pm to enjoy some live music by two talented local artists- and grab an epic burger next door at American Grub if you're hungry!

Throw back Thursday post.....  January 16, 1969 coming soon a 5 acre shopping center at Red Hill and Mitchell.
05/06/2021

Throw back Thursday post..... January 16, 1969 coming soon a 5 acre shopping center at Red Hill and Mitchell.

Join us for live music at the Tustin Area Museum this Friday, May 7, from 6-8 PM featuring Giana Mitchell and Brit Colli...
05/05/2021

Join us for live music at the Tustin Area Museum this Friday, May 7, from 6-8 PM featuring Giana Mitchell and Brit Collins of Trouble & Co. If you can't make it, we'll be live streaming all night! This is a trial run to see if it is something we may want to do in the future.
@troubleandcomusic

Join us for live music at the Tustin Area Museum this Friday, May 7, from 6-8 PM featuring Giana Mitchell and Brit Collins of Trouble & Co. If you can't make it, we'll be live streaming all night! This is a trial run to see if it is something we may want to do in the future.
@troubleandcomusic

This is the first in a series of Tustin History Tour videos we will be doing. In this video we visit Luciano Principato,...
05/03/2021
Tustin History Tour - Louie the Barber

This is the first in a series of Tustin History Tour videos we will be doing. In this video we visit Luciano Principato, aka Louie the Barber.

In this video we visit Luciano Principato, aka Louie the Barber. We sit and chat with him about how a young man born in Italy he ended up opening a barbersho...

Save the date, Sept. 18, 2021. Tustin Area Historical Society is planning a walking/driving tour of Tustin’s Historic Ho...
04/30/2021

Save the date, Sept. 18, 2021. Tustin Area Historical Society is
planning a walking/driving tour of Tustin’s Historic Homes.
More information will be coming soon,

Save the date, Sept. 18, 2021. Tustin Area Historical Society is
planning a walking/driving tour of Tustin’s Historic Homes.
More information will be coming soon,

Charles Orvan Artz came to Tustin, as a 5 year old, with his father William Artz in 1887. Charles became a successful ra...
04/30/2021

Charles Orvan Artz came to Tustin, as a 5 year old, with his father William Artz in 1887. Charles became a successful rancher and merchant and owned the mercantile in the Artz Building (today’s Rutabegorz Restaurant on Main Street). Mr Artz had his building fumigated monthly, with cyanide gas as a sanitary precaution for mice. On Aug 4, 1924 a burglar broke into the store (as it was being fumigated) and was found dead inside the store the next morning. Mr Artz was nearly overcome by the same fumes upon discovering the would be robber.

If you are out and about today why not come to Old Town Tustin and have lunch at one of our great restaurants, maybe vis...
04/24/2021

If you are out and about today why not come to Old Town Tustin and have lunch at one of our great restaurants, maybe visit Arvida Books, or The Rasta Cowboy Record store and while you're there stop by the museum for a free tour and check out the Museum Store, we have lots of books on history, book and puzzles for the kids and grandkids. Whenever you purchase something from the store you are supporting us through the lean times we have all been facing.

Will Carlisle Crawford and his wife Effie Lindley Crawford moved to Tustin from their native Iowa in 1898. Mr Crawford p...
04/21/2021

Will Carlisle Crawford and his wife Effie Lindley Crawford moved to Tustin from their native Iowa in 1898. Mr Crawford purchased over 100 acres of farmland where he grew Valencia oranges and walnuts. He became one of Tustin’s leading entrepreneurs and joined in building Tustin’s first bank. His next business venture was to build and run the Santa Ana Wholesale Grocery store, the largest building at the time in Santa Ana. At his sudden and unexpected death in 1912 at age 50, his widow sold the grocery store to a banker from Michigan named J.S. Smart and his partner H.D. Final. They renamed it to a name we still see in Tustin today.... Smart & Final!

Will Carlisle Crawford and his wife Effie Lindley Crawford moved to Tustin from their native Iowa in 1898. Mr Crawford purchased over 100 acres of farmland where he grew Valencia oranges and walnuts. He became one of Tustin’s leading entrepreneurs and joined in building Tustin’s first bank. His next business venture was to build and run the Santa Ana Wholesale Grocery store, the largest building at the time in Santa Ana. At his sudden and unexpected death in 1912 at age 50, his widow sold the grocery store to a banker from Michigan named J.S. Smart and his partner H.D. Final. They renamed it to a name we still see in Tustin today.... Smart & Final!

Today we remember PFC Allen J DuRoy, United States Army, 101st Airborne. This Tustin hero was killed in action on April ...
04/18/2021

Today we remember PFC Allen J DuRoy, United States Army, 101st Airborne. This Tustin hero was killed in action on April 18, 1971 in Vietnam when he stepped on an American land mine while on patrol. He was 23 years old. DuRoy Court in Tustin Ranch is named in his honor.

The Tustin Area Museum is proud to showcase the belongings of Lt Col James M Johnson, USMC. Lt Col Johnson served for 20...
04/15/2021

The Tustin Area Museum is proud to showcase the belongings of Lt Col James M Johnson, USMC. Lt Col Johnson served for 20 years as a paratrooper then as fighter pilot during WW2. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation flying a Corsair from the USS Essex during the support and taking of Iwo Jima. During the Korean conflict, he switched to helicopters. He was stationed at Tustin’s LTA base as the Executive Officer (#2 in command) during the 1960’s. This highly decorated Marine passed away in 1992. Please come in and see his amazing photos and memorabilia.

The museum is located at 395 El Camino Real (in the center of Old Town Tustin) and we're open on Saturdays from 11 to 3; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 3. Admission is free thanks to our members and supporters!

Kim Mowers DeBenedetto from the Tustin Preservation Conservancy shares some interesting information on the historic Vanc...
04/01/2021

Kim Mowers DeBenedetto from the Tustin Preservation Conservancy shares some interesting information on the historic Vance House on Main Street.
The house was built in 1887 and is an example of Stick Victorian style, characterized by the two-dimensional qualities of the front facade. In 1917 when Mr Vance purchased the bank from Mr Cranston, he also purchased his house. The current owner has said that on more than one occasion he has come downstairs to find lit candles and can smell cigar smoke. Could it be that the cigar smoking habit of Mr Vance has permeated the walls or is it that the spirit Tustin’s most loyal citizen hasn’t quite left us yet?

Kim Mowers DeBenedetto from the Tustin Preservation Conservancy shares some interesting information on the historic Vance House on Main Street.
The house was built in 1887 and is an example of Stick Victorian style, characterized by the two-dimensional qualities of the front facade. In 1917 when Mr Vance purchased the bank from Mr Cranston, he also purchased his house. The current owner has said that on more than one occasion he has come downstairs to find lit candles and can smell cigar smoke. Could it be that the cigar smoking habit of Mr Vance has permeated the walls or is it that the spirit Tustin’s most loyal citizen hasn’t quite left us yet?

The weatherman says it's going to be a beautiful day tomorrow.  Why not come to Old Town Tustin and have lunch at one of...
03/26/2021

The weatherman says it's going to be a beautiful day tomorrow. Why not come to Old Town Tustin and have lunch at one of our great restaurants, maybe visit Arvida Books, or The Rasta Cowboy Record store and while you're there stop by the museum for a free tour and check out the Museum Store. If you are a camera collector we have a display of vintage cameras that are from a private collection and are for sale at a great price.

When Charles A. Vance passed away in 1959, it was said that Tustin lost one of its most loyal citizens. The Kansas nativ...
03/25/2021

When Charles A. Vance passed away in 1959, it was said that Tustin lost one of its most loyal citizens. The Kansas native started and owned the Chula Vista State Bank from 1912-1916 before moving to Tustin in 1917. Once here, he purchased the First National Bank of Tustin from Vinnie Cranston and owned the bank until his passing. The bank was run by Vance, William Leinberger, Frances Logan and G.O. Bixler. When FDR wanted banks to close in 1933 to avoid a run on the banks, he complied but kept the back door open to take care of the local customers. He was known for running a sound financial operation through the Great Depression of the 30’s. The bank and Tustin survived thanks to Mr. Vance. Look for more information on the interesting Vance House soon!

When Charles A. Vance passed away in 1959, it was said that Tustin lost one of its most loyal citizens. The Kansas native started and owned the Chula Vista State Bank from 1912-1916 before moving to Tustin in 1917. Once here, he purchased the First National Bank of Tustin from Vinnie Cranston and owned the bank until his passing. The bank was run by Vance, William Leinberger, Frances Logan and G.O. Bixler. When FDR wanted banks to close in 1933 to avoid a run on the banks, he complied but kept the back door open to take care of the local customers. He was known for running a sound financial operation through the Great Depression of the 30’s. The bank and Tustin survived thanks to Mr. Vance. Look for more information on the interesting Vance House soon!

Our next salute to Women in History is a homegrown Tustin Tiller.  Chris George (Class of 1969), was the first female po...
03/18/2021

Our next salute to Women in History is a homegrown Tustin Tiller. Chris George (Class of 1969), was the first female police officer to promote to Sergeant and Lieutenant at the Tustin Police Department. Chris started as a dispatcher at Santa Ana PD until she reached the age requirement to attend the academy. After graduating 1st in her class, she became a Deputy Sheriff in Riverside. She transferred to Tustin January 1, 1979. Simultaneously she was a Training Advisor at the Golden West Academy, a position she held for 14 years. She promoted to Sergeant in 1981 and Lieutenant in July 1994. Chris said that the training of new recruits to become police officers has given her the most personal satisfaction. “To leave an indelible imprint on the careers of so many in law enforcement then watching them move on to eventually become Police Chiefs, Commanders, community leaders, etc is a source of enormous pride”. She left many friends here in Tustin when she retired in September 2000. She is enjoying life in the PacNorthwest.

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395 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA
92780

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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!

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Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

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(714) 731-5701

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Join us for: The Haunting of Wilcox Manor (An Entertainment Extravaganza!!) in Tustin CA. Saturday, May 22, 2021 6 PM (Main outdoor show begins at 7:30 PM). The entertainment will DAZZLE YOU from the moment you arrive at the GORGEOUS, historic mansion at 310 Pasadena, Tustin, CA. For more information see: https://www.pamelapeakproductions.com/the-haunting-of-wilcox-manor Tours of the beautiful mansion start at 6 PM and so does amazing entertainment throughout the grounds!
Had the pleasure of walking through museum today. Very nice display. LOVE the 1912 Buick fire truck. If you need help keeping her running let me know!
Anyone remember where the GEEK was located? I remember getting there only by landmarks.
We sat down with Enrico Pozzuoli, the owner of Centro in Old Town Tustin and discussed his new restaurant opening soon.
The Tustin Area Historical Society is currently in the planning stages of this years Home and Garden Tour. We are looking for homeowners in the Old Town Tustin area that might want to have their home considered for the tour. It will be on Saturday, May 2nd. If you, or anyone you know is interested pleased let me know, or contact the Museum at 714-731-5701.
In going through my Dad's stuff, I found an Audion that is not his. This 1940 audion was the yearbook of Winifred Weiden, class of 43. Anyone know any of this family?
Please help preserve the beautiful and historic 1930's Art Deco Zigzag Moderne Orange County Title Company building. Tomorrow (Tue. 11/19/19 5:45 pm) the Santa Ana City Council will consider a development which will set this artful structure on a path to demolition. Email the Council and urge them to "Preserve the Orange County Title Company Building." [email protected]
Latest project finished. As the first step in the Museum Revitalization Project we redid and up dated the office. I built the standing desk and the cabinets. The rest of the project will start after the Home and Garden Tour next May. If you are in the area stop by for a tour.
If you are in the area tomorrow afternoon the Museum is open from noon till 3:00. Why not stop by and check out some of the interesting items we have on display, like our display of locally used cash registers, or find out where the old scales were used. Oh, and by the way, we are in the early stages of our Museum Revitalization Project so come see what we are up to.
NEW Lecture Event at Staples in Santa Ana (Tustin at 17trh Street) tomorrow, Friday night, Oct 25th at 6:00pm. A series of lectures on WWII -- all taken from unpublished first person accounts. Slide show is included. It's free. #1 — Legends of the Flying Clippers, is the story of the fifteen year history of the Pan Am Clippers, taken from the memoirs of a 48-year career First Radio Officer. Surviving a class two hurricane on his second flight, he carried munitions half-way around the world in the first days of WWII, and lived through the dangers of WWII: N**i spys, radio stations in Africa and near-death aircraft wrecks.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Orange County Archives Bazaar: Murals, Memories, and Meaning-Making at the Hilbert Museum (10/26, 11am-5pm). The event will bring libraries, special collections, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions together to showcase material from their collections and highlight the known and unknown stories of Orange County. Program information is now available on the Event Page. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/478732519377664/