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.
Phil Brigandi presents
Highways in Orange County"
21, 7 pm at
the Tustin Public Library's
Orange County historian and author Phil Brigandi will be the
featured speaker at the Tustin Area
Historical Society’s Monday, Sept 21, General
Meeting, to be held at Tustin Public
Library, 345 E. Main Street, beginning at 7
p.m. in the Library Conference Room.
20th century was built on the automobile. But a
car without a paved highway won’t get you far.
So in the early 1900s, the “Good Roads Movement”
lobbied for new roads and highways to tie Orange
County together. The first state highway angled
its way through Tustin in 1914. (It originally
had no number, being the only one at the time;
later it became Highway 101).
1920s, the Coast Highway opened up new stretches
of the Orange County coast, and in the 1930s the
Ortega Highway crossed the Santa Ana Mountains,
and the Imperial Highway stretched from the
desert to the sea.
our September meeting, county historian Phil
Brigandi will discuss why these highways were
built, where they went, and how they changed
both Tustin and Orange County.
Brigandi has been researching and writing local
history for almost 40 years now, and is the
author of two dozen books and hundreds of
articles. His recent book “Orange County
Chronicles” includes a chapter on the Good Roads
Above is a postcard map of Orange County ca
1915. Tustin portrayed itself as the center
of Orange County when the first state
highway came through town around 1915. Click
on the map for a better view.
The Society’s general meetings are free and
open to the public. Light refreshments will
also be served. Come early to get a
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.
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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