Now Available Again: NAS Tustin/LTA Santa Ana Book

The Tustin Area Historical Society has reprinted copies of David Crawley's amazing and comprehensive book on the Lighter-Than-Air (Blimp) Station at Santa Ana/Tustin. After leaving Navy service, David became a civilian employee at the Naval Air Station Santa Ana. He lovingly collected facts, early drawings and photos, and lots of archival information to share with his readers.

By permission of his widow, TAHS reprinted this limited-production, 150-page book and are making it available for just $25 (not including tax and shipping).

Copies can be picked up at the Tustin Area Museum during open hours or by ordering it online (link below) or by mailing a check for $33.94 to the museum.

For more information, contact the museum during open hours at 714 731-5701. Our address is 395 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780.

To view old (and recent) photos of the Marine Corps Air Station (with the blimp hangars), click here.

New Tustin City Walk in 1895
book available at the Museum!

Guy Ball's newest book on Tustin history focuses on the small town in 1895 that would become the City of Tustin some years later. With over 100 vintage photos, he shows what Tustin was like in the early days: the stores, the churches, the people,, the schools, the orchards. You'll encounter a tour of the downtown area of Tustin to see how things were - as they were about to change, grown, move, and disappear over time.

The book can be purchased at the Museum for $20 with proceeds benefiting the society's continuing Tustin history-based educational programs. You can also purchase the book online at

Our Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour
Sat., Sept. 24, 2022

The Tustin Area Historical Society will host this year's Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour on Saturday, September 24th. Our tour is always such a wonderful celebration of Old Town - the homes, the gardens, the people, and the businesses, and we know so many of you look forward to it.

If you're not already on our mailing list for advanced tour information, please email us at or leave us a message at 714 731-5701 with both your email and postal mailing addresses.

Museum Open Hours

Our renovated museum is now re-open with safety guidelines in place. Our current open days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays from 11 am until 3 pm. Our location is at 395 El Camino Real at Main St.

If you have any questions, email us at or leave a message at the museum at 714-731-5701.

Tustin Area Historical Society Creates
a Tustin History Channel on YouTube!

Over the last year or so, board members and volunteers have been videotaping a variety of long-time Tustin residents to document their history and their memories of early Tustin. We've created 18 videos with some of these residents as well as some updates on the revitalization of the Tustin Area Museum and our programs.

We invite you to take a look, see what's going on in the museum revitalization, and enjoy these trips down memory lane! Click the logo above or this link.

Welcome to the Web Home of the
Tustin Area Historical Society and the Tustin Area Museum!

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 News; 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 sells.)

Take a few minutes and explore the site. Contact our webguy with any comments or recommendations regarding the site.

Donate via your Amazon purchase!

Here's a reminder for those of you who shop Amazon online! Tustin Area Historical Society has registered with Amazon Smile, which provides nonprofits the ability to benefit from every online purchase!

To help us while you are having fun shopping on Amazon, all you initially need to do is log on to TAHS unique Amazon link, -- which will set you up with us in their system so that .5% of the cost of your online purchases will benefit Tustin Area Historical Society. (At no cost to you - this is donated from Amazon!) From then on, all you need to remember is to always go to instead of just when you want to shop online. That is it!

Please join us in helping TAHS benefit from your online shopping! If you have any questions, please contact the museum for help at

Thank you in advance for your support.

Decades Go Digital

A while ago, the Tustin Area Historical Society 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 allowed these papers to be scanned and made available for digital access and to be saved for future generations. When we reopen, you can visit the museum and view the Tustin News archives at our new research station for no charge. (Your time may be limited should there be others interested in doing the same.)

But you can also view and search the Tustin News in the comfort of your own home. Simply go to and type in Tustin News in the Search box. Once at the Tustin News page, you can adjust the search by adding the month and the year. Their search engine is a bit "tricky", but with a little work, you'll find an amazing amount of great information!

Juanita Lovret's Book on the History of Tustin Available at the Museum!

Juanita's book features her personal remembrances of life growing up in Tustin. Her wonderful writing style entertains while it informs. 

This beautiful 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 gifts!)  The 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 with 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.

Click on the link below to see information on:

Click here to visit our gallery of photos on the Tustin Marine Air Station
featuring old vintage images and new current photos.
Also we've linked to "Tustin Hangers," an excellent documentary on the
history of the base and the amazing blimp hangers

Click here to read some of the great articles about early Tustin
by resident historian Juanita Lovret.


Vintage Photos


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