A Night at the Museum
Fri., Nov. 5th, 7 to 8:30 pm

To purchase tickets, click below.


Our Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour
Saturday, May 14, 2022

We're happy to announce that we are planning to bring back our Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour on May 14th, 2022. We look forward to returning next May when we can all completely enjoy our popular event in Old Town Tustin. 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 tustinmuseum@att.net 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 tustinmuseum@att.net 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.

A very special appeal!

The Tustin Museum Revitalization Project

Dear Fellow TAHS Members,

We have exciting news to share with you! After 40 years, our Museum has been undergoing a major face lift! We listened to our members and museum visitors, who consistently remark "This Museum is exactly the way it was when I toured it in 3rd grade!" While this is a wonderful step back in time for them, they are reminding us that in four decades nothing in our Museum, including the displays, has changed, all while the world around us has.

Your TAHS Board of Directors formed a Museum Revitalization Committee. Its first step was to begin researching feasible, cost effective methods to make our exhibits more engaging to our visitors, which included visiting other local historical museums and investigating today's museum exhibit technology. Also, important goals for this revitalization effort were established, including maintaining our Museum's charm and historical correctness and being financially prudent regarding expenditures for this overdue project.

Starting in the spring of 2020, the physical change of our revitalization project began the update. Current displays were dismantled and stored, while designs for refreshed exhibits were implemented. New technology devices, innovative displays that can be moved or changed, and improved lighting have been set up. Needed repairs to the interior space were done and fresh coats of paint were applied throughout. The results will be unveiled when we're allowed to in this era of Covid. This transformation promises to be exciting and enticing for our members, our school children, and for visitors from near and far.

We still have some things to do. We are reaching out to our TAHS members and friends to invite you to be a part of this significant event through your financial support. By completing the Special Project Donation Form (click the link), you can become a valued participant in this effort. Every donor name will be recognized and displayed in our updated Museum for all visitors to see!

Please take a moment now to help us by clicking the link below and giving us a tax-deductible contribution. Any amount will be gratefully appreciated!

Thank you in advance for your generous support,

The Board of the Tustin Area Historical Society

To pay online, use our secure link below:

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, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7374414 -- 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 www.smile.amazon.com instead of just www.amazon.com 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 tustinmuseum@att.net.

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 Ancestry.com 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 https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc 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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