• Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society


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Mission Statement

We work to preserve and celebrate local history by creating living history programs for adults and children, supporting local efforts for historic preservation, maintaining photo and information archives of early local history, maintaining & preserving the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum (the Victorian home of one of Orange County's first female physicians,) and maintaing the Santa Ana Fire Museum, housed in an active fire station.


Our programs are varied. We operate two museums. Our Victorian house museum lets individuals and families experience life in the 1890s and learn about the life of a pioneering woman doctor. Our unique fire museum is housed in an active fire station, and showcases the history of local firefighters going back to the 1890s. We organize an annual historical cemetery tour with actors portraying noteworthy individuals of this area. We create publications to celebrate specific aspects of local history. We offer a website with extensive articles and vintage photos. We support local preservation projects and renovations.

We are one of the leading historical societies in Orange County. Our board are all active volunteers, creating all of the projects and programs that we do. We have won multiple awards for our publications, our cemetery tour, and other projects. Please visit our website to get a taste of many of our activities. We encourage memberships and financial donations to help fund our activities and historical documentation projects. We'll be happy to send out a newsletter upon request.


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