From its beginnings in the 1790s, the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana played an important part in the development of the Tustin area, and reminders of the old rancho can still be seen today. Stretching from the mouth of the Santa Ana Canyon to the top of Newport Bay, the rancho dominated our early history, and the breakup of the rancho in the 1860s opened the way for the founding of Tustin, Santa Ana, and Orange.
Old Town Tustin Charm
Annual Home and Garden Tour
May 6th, 2017
Once again, we
celebrate our amazing community and its heritage
in Old Town Tustin at
the Tustin Area Historical Society's 21st Annual
Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour, Old Town Tustin Charm, on Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 3 pm.
Enjoy a stroll through old Tustin and view how
home owners have turned their vintage homes and
gardens into modern day living spaces while
maintaining the charm of yesteryear. Each home
has a unique story, interesting decor and
artifacts collected by the owners.
Click here for full information
and to buy discounted advance sale tickets.
Our Old Town
Tustin Home and Garden Tour is an annual event
that benefits the Tustin Area Historical Society
and our wonderful museum in downtown Tustin.
The Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana
Monday, May 15th, 6:30 pm
At the next general meeting of the Tustin Area Historical Society, we proudly present Orange County historian Phil Brigandi tracing the history of the rancho from its Spanish beginnings, through its long ownership by the Yorba and Peralta families, and on to the impact of its partition in 1868.
The meeting will be held at the Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 South C St (between Main and 1st St.) on Monday, May 15th, beginning at 6:30 pm. There is no charge for admission, and refreshments are served.
Phil has been researching and writing local history since 1975 and is the author of two dozen books on the history of Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties, including Orange County Place Names A to Z.
Welcome to the Web Home of the
Area Historical Society and the Tustin Area
Our website proudly celebrates the local
history of the city of Tustin. We have
some great old photos and some interesting
articles and you can be sure that we will add
more over time. We're always looking for
more content - articles, photos, and even old
ads and printed materials. Should you have
anything you would like to share, please contact
us either at the museum
directly or to
our webmaster, Guy Ball.
We've also included photos to show what you
will see on our
museum tour; Juanita Lovret's wonderful
articles from our hometown paper, the Tustin
copies of recent newsletters; and
information on the books we sell at the museum.
(New: Download a mail-in
order form to order many of the books the Museum
Take a few minutes and explore the site.
Contact our webguy with any comments or
recommendations regarding the site.
Decades Go Digital
The Tustin Area Historical Society has
entered into an agreement to digitize its
collection of vintage copies of the Tustin
News, Tustin's local paper since the 1920s.
The Society had stored the back issues in
our archive. While not a complete
collection, it is the largest collection of
surviving copies in any archive.
A partnership with UC Riverside and
Ancestry.com will allow these papers to be
scanned and made available for digital
access and to be saved for future
View the article in the Orange County
Register by clicking here.
Lovret's Book on the History of Tustin Available
at the Museum!
features her personal remembrances of life
growing up in Tustin. Her wonderful writing style entertains while it
book from History Press features over 140 pages
with articles and photos from the earliest
years, through Tustin's periods of growth and
change, its booming agriculture period, and then
as it was touched by World War II. The
book moves on to the late 20th century where the
new freeways hurt local businesses and the city
annexed neighboring territory allowing it to grow into the community it is today.
Cost of the book, if purchased at the Museum, is
$20 (including sales tax). with proceeds from
the book sale benefiting the society's
continuing Tustin history-based educational
programs in our local schools and the on-going
preservation of Tustin's historical materials.
Click here to download an order form.
Photo Book on
Tustin History Available!
The Tustin Area Historical
Society worked with local author Guy Ball
and Arcadia Publishing to produce Images
of America: Tustin, a book of 200
vintage Tustin photos with companion text.
Most of the photos were chosen
from the thousands of images in our extensive
collection. Others came from collections
of local families, the Orange County Archives,
and other groups.
The book is available from Tustin Museum
for $22 (sales tax included) and proceeds from the sale
help our ongoing preservation of Tustin history
efforts and our collaboration with TUSD through
our History in A Box program.
Copies for sale are also available
at the Irvine/Tustin Barnes &
Noble (on Jamboree).
If you buy a copy through the
Society, you have the option of having the
author sign and personalize your book.
(Perfect for special birthday and holiday
museum is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each
week from 9 am to 2 pm, and the first and third
Saturdays of the month from noon until 3 pm. Our
location is at 395 El Camino Real at Main St.
Call the museum at 714-731-5701.
Click here for more
information on the museum and its location.
Click here to view/download a PDF flyer
ordering information. If you would like to
pick up the book from the museum, you do not
need to add shipping. Otherwise please add the
appropriate shipping cost.
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