Tustin Area Museum

Tustin Area Museum A wonderful collection of Tustin memorabilia and history.
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Tustin Area Historical Society
04/18/2020

Tustin Area Historical Society

50 years of Tustin News is available online for your enjoyment and discovery - for free! Thanks to an effort by the Tustin Area Historical Society and UC Riverside a few years ago, all of the hardcopy issues we had in our collection of our long-time local paper were "digitized" - meaning you can do some searching of the content and even create pdfs of pages and then print them. (That was over 2300 copies starting back in 1922!)

You will need to register for a free account to create pdfs. If you become a "premium user" with a donation of $25 to support their work, you have access to high-resolution images of the scans and you can save articles to a private list.

The user interface to search and move around (and zoom in) the pages takes a little getting used to - it's not as "user-friendly" as we may expect, but with a little patience, you'll understand all the functionality. (They do offer some help tips.)

Visit them at https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc

03/18/2020

Another note for our friends and museum family: In compliance with California Department of Public Health guidelines and to safeguard against the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, we are temporarily closing our Museum until future notice.

Staff/Board members will continue to work in the Museum office and will be available to answer any questions or concerns you have (714 731-5701) or you may email us at [email protected].

We want everyone to be safe and stay healthy, and this was a difficult but a common-sense decision. We look forward to the time we can re-open our doors and welcome visitors, members and volunteers.

Thank you for understanding.

03/18/2020

To our Neighbors, Members, Volunteers and Friends of the Tustin Area Historical Society, in compliance with California Department of Public Health guidelines and to safeguard against the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, we are postponing our 2020 Home and Garden Tour originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd.

This decision was made with regret, but also with an abundance of caution for everyone involved. We want to thank everyone for their understanding during this time of uncertainty.

WE HAVE RESCHEDULED THIS POPULAR EVENT FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2020.

Any ticket purchase that was previously made online will be honored on the new date. Feel free to contact us at 714 731-5701 or email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. (And if you would like to be on our early-information mailing list, please email us and/or send your postal mailing address.) Our pre-sale brochure with all the tour information will be mailed and will also be posted online in mid-July/early August.

We look forward to another enjoyable year, bringing the charm of Old Town Tustin to our local communities with our Annual Home & Garden Tour.…on Saturday, September 12th!

03/13/2020

We've been told that the City of Tustin's community meeting to discuss historic preservation tonight (March 13th) has been cancelled. We will share new info or a new date/time when we receive it.

Next Thursday (the 12th), the City of Tustin is holding a community workshop for the Historic Resources Survey Update an...
03/05/2020

Next Thursday (the 12th), the City of Tustin is holding a community workshop for the Historic Resources Survey Update and they are inviting you to participate. The survey is a great resource when looking up a house to see the year it was built, its style, etc. Hope you can make it!

The Tustin Area Museum will be participating this coming Saturday in the annual Old Town Tustin Sip and Stroll event put...
02/26/2020

The Tustin Area Museum will be participating this coming Saturday in the annual Old Town Tustin Sip and Stroll event put on by the Tustin Community Foundation to benefit our community. We Believe wines is donating the wine at the museum and we'll offer some delicious salad from Rutabegorz. Please drop on by and enjoy a tour of the museum while you're enjoying the event. We've added the link to the event. Buy your tickets early to take advantage of the discount! http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef64yr08f4fb12e2&llr=sq8kgcfab

Tomorrow night! Don't miss our next general meeting with a great program!It’s hard to imagine the 1920s in Orange County...
02/18/2020

Tomorrow night! Don't miss our next general meeting with a great program!

It’s hard to imagine the 1920s in Orange County when a few early aviators would give the public rides in their open-air Curtis-Jenny biplanes. Landing fields were little more than streets and open fields. Join the Tustin Area Historical Society at our next general meeting on February 18 when you’ll learn about early pioneer aviator Eddie Martin who not only helped to promote aviation but founded Orange County’s first airport in 1923 when flying was still a daring pursuit.

His Eddie Martin Airport grew in the 1930s to become one of the most modern in the country complete with restrooms, a restaurant, and runway lights! As the airline industry grew, a new and bigger Orange County airport would replace Martin’s a decade later – just a mile from Martin’s strip. But before it closed, the likes of Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes would use Eddie’s field.

Local historian, author, and publisher Douglas Westfall, will share his photos, knowledge and stories of Eddie Martin’s life and the airport business he created. Westfall has authored scores of local and national history books and is an entertaining speaker. He’ll be bringing stories and some amazing early photographs. Doug will also be debuting his new book on Martin Field.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18th in the Community Room of the Tustin Library, Main St. from 7 to 9 pm. As always, the public is cordially invited and there is no charge for admission.

For more information, contact the Tustin Area Museum office at 714 731-5701.

Next Tuesday - Feb 18th - Save that date!It’s hard to imagine the 1920s in Orange County when a few early aviators would...
02/13/2020

Next Tuesday - Feb 18th - Save that date!

It’s hard to imagine the 1920s in Orange County when a few early aviators would give the public rides in their open-air Curtis-Jenny biplanes. Landing fields were little more than streets and open fields. Join the Tustin Area Historical Society at our next general meeting on February 18 when you’ll learn about early pioneer aviator Eddie Martin who not only helped to promote aviation but founded Orange County’s first airport in 1923 when flying was still a daring pursuit.

His Eddie Martin Airport grew in the 1930s to become one of the most modern in the country complete with restrooms, a restaurant, and runway lights! As the airline industry grew, a new and bigger Orange County airport would replace Martin’s a decade later – just a mile from Martin’s strip. But before it closed, the likes of Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes would use Eddie’s field.

Local historian, author, and publisher Douglas Westfall, will share his knowledge and stories of Eddie Martin’s life and the airport business he created. Westfall has authored scores of local and national history books and is an entertaining speaker. He’ll be bringing stories and some amazing early photographs. Doug will also be debuting his new book on Martin Field.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18th in the Community Room of the Tustin Library, Main St. from 7 to 9 pm. As always, the public is cordially invited and there is no charge for admission.

For more information, contact the Tustin Area Museum office at 714 731-5701.

Early Aviator Eddie Martin and the OC Airport He CreatedIt’s hard to imagine the 1920s in Orange County when a few early...
02/04/2020

Early Aviator Eddie Martin and the OC Airport He Created

It’s hard to imagine the 1920s in Orange County when a few early aviators would give the public rides in their open-air Curtis-Jenney biplanes. Landing fields were little more than streets and open fields. Join the Tustin Area Historical Society at our next general meeting on February 18 when you’ll learn about early pioneer aviator Eddie Martin who not only helped to promote aviation but founded Orange County’s first airport in 1923 when flying was still a daring pursuit.

His Eddie Martin Airport grew in the 1930s to become one of the most modern in the country complete with restrooms, a restaurant, and runway lights! As the airline industry grew, a new and bigger Orange County airport would replace Martin’s a decade later – just a mile from Martin’s strip. But before it closed, the likes of Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes would use Eddie’s field.

Local historian, author, and publisher Douglas Westfall, will share his knowledge and stories of Eddie Martin’s life and the airport business he created. Westfall has authored scores of local and national history books and is an entertaining speaker. He’ll be bringing stories and some amazing early photographs. Doug will also be debuting his new book on Martin Field.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18th in the Community Room of the Tustin Library, Main St. from 7 to 9 pm. As always, the public is cordially invited and there is no charge for admission.

For more information, contact the Tustin Area Museum office at 714 731-5701.

We're happy to say the museum is open today (Saturday, the 1st) from noon until 3 pm.  Come down and see what fun stuff ...
02/01/2020

We're happy to say the museum is open today (Saturday, the 1st) from noon until 3 pm. Come down and see what fun stuff we have from the earlier days of Tustin. Admission is free and we're definitely kid friendly! (395 El Camino Real - just north of Main St - in old town Tustin!)

Hope to see you at today's Paper Football Challenge put on by the Tustin Community Foundation to benefit a bunch of wond...
02/01/2020

Hope to see you at today's Paper Football Challenge put on by the Tustin Community Foundation to benefit a bunch of wonderful non-profit organizations of the Tustin community. It starts at 9 am at the Tustin Community Center (on Beneta - off Prospect and just north of Irvine Blvd). Come out and cheer your team on - or just join us for a lot of fun! (Of course, we're rooting especially hard for our team from the Tustin Area Historical Society - but we're still going to have a good time with all our other NPO friends!)

12/14/2019

The holidays are upon us and we always urge you to shop local. Local businesses hire our neighbors and our kids, pay local taxes and fees, and keep our Tustin business community strong!

If you do order on Amazon, you might consider a different way to contribute to our wonderful organization by making any Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile instead. For every eligible order, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the total to the charitable organization of your choice. (This is directly from Amazon's profits - it costs you nothing more.)

To enroll your account, search for Amazon Smile or type smile.amazon.com in your web browser of choice (i.e. Chrome, Windows Explorer, Safari), and you will be prompted to choose a charity. Search for your favorite charity (in our case, we urge you to pick a local Tustin organization such as the Tustin Area Historical Society) and, once selected, Amazon will remember your choice for every eligible transaction.

Just remember to visit smile.amazon.com to ensure your donations, but if you forget, Amazon will kindly offer to redirect you to the Smile site with a pop up. Unfortunately, the service is not available when shopping on the Amazon app, so be sure to use your web browser to ensure your contribution.

Amazon smile is not just for the holidays; many of us use Amazon year round, so contributions will be made every time you make an eligible purchase. We hope you will consider this an easy and hassle free way to contribute to the future of our organization.

11/22/2019

The Tustin Area Museum will be closed next week for the Thanksgiving Holiday and will reopen at 9 AM on Tuesday, December 3.

The Museum will be open on Saturday, December 7 and December 21 from 12 noon until 3pm.

Stop by and check out our books and shirts for sale! We have several books that will interest the history buff!!

Just a reminder - Tuesday night!Voices of Tustin Entertain the Tustin Community!The Voices of Tustin Community Chorus re...
11/18/2019

Just a reminder - Tuesday night!

Voices of Tustin Entertain the Tustin Community!

The Voices of Tustin Community Chorus returns to perform their musical magic at the Tustin Area Historical Society's general meeting, to be held at Tustin Public Library, 345 E. Main Street, on Tuesday, November 19th, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.

The members of the Voices of Tustin sing popular music like Broadway musicals, movie tunes, rock, classics from the ‘40s, and folk songs. The chorus performs with 20 to 25 community vocalists generally ranging in age from 30 to 65 years, though they have a few exceptional high-schoolers and 20-somethings as well.

VoT is sponsored by the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and stresses "community" by welcoming all participants regardless of singing experience or ability. The group was founded 14 years ago by David Peay, Tustin Teacher of the Year, to provide a safe place for the community to get involved in vocals; this was long before Glee, American Idol, Voices and all the recent popular singing shows.

The Society's general meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be served. Come early to get a good seat. For more information, call the Tustin Area Museum at 714 731-5701.

Voices of Tustin Entertain the Tustin Community!The Voices of Tustin Community Chorus returns to perform their musical m...
11/07/2019

Voices of Tustin Entertain the Tustin Community!

The Voices of Tustin Community Chorus returns to perform their musical magic at the Tustin Area Historical Society's general meeting, to be held at Tustin Public Library, 345 E. Main Street, on Tuesday, November 19th, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.

The members of the Voices of Tustin sing popular music like Broadway musicals, movie tunes, rock, classics from the ‘40s, and folk songs. The chorus performs with 20 to 25 community vocalists generally ranging in age from 30 to 65 years, though they have a few exceptional high-schoolers and 20-somethings as well.

VoT is sponsored by the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and stresses "community" by welcoming all participants regardless of singing experience or ability. The group was founded 14 years ago by David Peay, Tustin Teacher of the Year, to provide a safe place for the community to get involved in vocals; this was long before Glee, American Idol, Voices and all the recent popular singing shows.

The Society's general meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be served. Come early to get a good seat. For more information, call the Tustin Area Museum at 714 731-5701.

Yes, the Tustin Museum is open today (Sat, 11/2) from noon until 3 pm (thanks to our wonderful volunteer docents.  Admis...
11/02/2019

Yes, the Tustin Museum is open today (Sat, 11/2) from noon until 3 pm (thanks to our wonderful volunteer docents. Admission is free and the we are loaded to the gills with cool things from Tustin's past! Hope to see you there!

We're doing a bit of renovating at the museum - in preparation for some big updates next year.  This weekend is Tustin's...
10/18/2019

We're doing a bit of renovating at the museum - in preparation for some big updates next year. This weekend is Tustin's Old Town Art Walk (from 11 to 5). If you're around, please feel free to visit the museum from noon until 3 pm. Admission is free! And you'll see some pretty cool artifacts of Tustin's history! And yes, we're kid friendly! (We're located at 395 El Camino - two doors north of Main St, and right between American Grub and iInitial - across from Mrs. B's.)

No, we won't have a booth this weekend.  This was from 1993.  We wanted to share!  Have a great Tiller Weekend!
10/04/2019

No, we won't have a booth this weekend. This was from 1993. We wanted to share! Have a great Tiller Weekend!

Just a quick note.  The Museum will be closed this Saturday for Tiller Days!  Enjoy and we hope to see you soon!
10/04/2019

Just a quick note. The Museum will be closed this Saturday for Tiller Days! Enjoy and we hope to see you soon!

09/28/2019

If you happen to be walking by the Tustin Museum soon, come by and look at our display in our front windows. One celebrates the Daughters of the American Revolution (Tustin Katuktu Chapter) and the other window celebrates the first Tustin Tiller Days​ Parade in 1957. (The photos don't do the displays justice - come see them!) By the way, the DAR Tustin chapter will be at the Museum tomorrow (Sat) from 10 to 12 to share who they are and the contributions to the local community. Come on by!

What are you doing on Monday night?  7 pm, Tustin Library community room.  What a wonderful story of caring and what it ...
09/13/2019

What are you doing on Monday night? 7 pm, Tustin Library community room. What a wonderful story of caring and what it was like after 9/11 on the front line in New York City. Timely for today!

DOCENTS WANTED!!The Tustin Area Historical Society is seeking docents to help with the Museum tours for the school distr...
09/08/2019

DOCENTS WANTED!!

The Tustin Area Historical Society is seeking docents to help with the Museum tours for the school district (3rd graders) and other interested groups. We are also seeking docents to help staff the Museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays during our open hours (9AM to 2PM).

A training session will be conducted this coming September 14, 2019, Saturday morning, from 10am to 12noon at the Museum. The session will also include a guided walking tour of Old Town Tustin.

The Museum is located at 395 El Camino Real, Tustin CA. 92780.

Tustin Area history information will be provided.

Come, join the fun! Be a Tustin Area Historical Docent!

Tustin Museum: 714 731-5701. Email: [email protected],net

We're open for tours! The Tustin Museum (El Camino near Main) is open tomorrow (Saturday) from noon until 3 pm.  It's fr...
09/07/2019

We're open for tours! The Tustin Museum (El Camino near Main) is open tomorrow (Saturday) from noon until 3 pm. It's free and has some great exhibits and artifacts from the "old days." Plus they have a really old fire engine that's cool to look at. (Very kid friendly). In their front window, they have a wonderful remembrance of 9-11.

09/04/2019
08/11/2019
Tustin Movie

This was a video produced by the City of Tustin in the 1990s to help promote Old Town. What's extra interesting are the store fronts/signs of businesses long gone. But there are a good number still there. Fun to watch, though it is a bit slow for today's interest level.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1fvTg8gI0Q

This video was produced in the late 1990s to promote Old Town Tustin (Tustin, CA).

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395 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA
92780

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(714) 731-5701

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