About the Society

Front view of the Tustin Area Museum - Tustin History
Founders of the Tustin Area Historical Society (l to r, Carol Jordan, Mary Etzold, Vivien Owen)
Founders of the Tustin Area Historical Society
Inside view of the Tustin Area Museum
Home previously on the Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour

About the Society

The Tustin Area Historical Society was founded in 1976 for the purpose of preserving and celebrating the rich and colorful history of our local area. The Heritage Committee of Tustin’s U.S. Bicentennial Foundation in 1975 established the Tustin Area Museum with the Tustin Area Historical Society becoming the parent organization in November of 1976. Our founders were Carol Jordan, Mary Etzold, and Vivien Owen.

Since those years, our collection of artifacts and photographs have grown into one of the largest local archives in Orange County. We have participated in city-wide events, created our now-annual Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour, offered free tours to children and residents of our museum collection, and assisted authors in the publications of several books on Tustin history – most available for sale in our museum and online.

To accomplish this work and maintain the museum at no cost to visitors, we rely on membership dues, generous donations from individuals and businesses, and proceeds from our Home and Garden Tour.

These funds allow us to maintain and enhance our Museum, provide programs to stimulate historical interest in the area, protect historical papers and photographs for future research and to continue our History-in-a-Box program for all of the third grade classes in the Tustin Unified School District. 

Our general meetings feature interesting guest speakers and routinely begin at 7:00 PM at a downtown location noted in our event listing/promotion. We also offer occasional “Night at the Museum” speaker events at the Museum itself.  

Click on our Upcoming Events button (below) to learn about our future meetings and special events.

As a member of the Society, you will receive our newsletter, the Heritage, that announces the programs presented at our general meetings and keeps you up to date on Museum news. Dues start at only $30.00 a year.

The Tustin Area Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Memberships and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

If you have any questions, please call us at the museum at 714 731-5701 or email us at tustinmuseum@att.net.

We urge you to join us as a member and possibly even as a volunteer at the Museum.

Click our Learn More button (below) to discover more about membership levels and to join.

2024 Board of Directors

Below is a list of all the board members who currently help make the Tustin Area Historical Society the special organization it is. We urge you to join us as a member and a volunteer.

Richard Nelson


Tim Zierer

Vice President

Colleen Ma


Vicki Gray

Recording Secretary

Elaine Dove


John Nielsen


Brady Michel


Susan Dobak


Becky Michel


Susan Reid


Gretchen Whisler


Donna Marsh Peery

Museum Office Manager

Guy Ball

Publicity & Webmaster

Laurie Lovret

Educational Programs and Newsletter

Thank you Plaques

Various plaques in appreciation to those who have helped the Tustin Area Historical Society over the years.