Upcoming General Meeting:

The History of the Bank of Tustin

Monday, Sept. 15th, 7 pm, at the Tustin Library

Local Old Town Tustin resident Kent Ponterio will be discussing the history of the First National Bank of Tustin and its significance among the Tustin community. For the better half of a century, the bank served as the only financial institution in the community of Tustin.

This short talk and PowerPoint presentation will discuss the history of the bank from its meager beginnings until it was finally sold off in 1959 resulting in the building being demolished shortly after in 1963. The talk will focus heavily on the bank’s ability to issue paper money or “national currency” as well as the many architectural changes that occurred with the building during this period.

Incorporated in the presentation will be archival photos from the Tustin Area Historical Society, First American Historical Collection, Orange County Archives as well as information gathered from the government resources such as the Annual Reports from the Comptroller of the Currencies, Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Smithsonian Institute.

Kent Ponterio is a professional numismatist who has worked in the coin and paper money industry full-time for over two decades. Originally from San Diego, he moved to Orange County in 2009 with his family, settling in Old Town Tustin. His interest in monetary and local history eventually led him to conduct research on the First National Bank of Tustin after discovering it was a nationally charted bank with the ability to issue paper money.


The talk will be conducted Monday, September 15th, 7 p.m., at the Tustin Public Library as part of the Tustin Area Historical Society’s September General Meeting. This program is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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.

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 Acorn Naturalist & 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:

Latest Newsletter Posted

We just posted our latest TAHS newsletter.  You can view it (and many others) by clicking here.  Better yet, why don't you support the Society and all the work we do to preserve and celebrate Tustin's history by becoming a member.  Click here for information on membership.  (If you're already a member, thank you so much for being one!  We couldn't do our great work without you.)

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.

Tustin's Creative Side

North Tustin photographer and artist Carl Lind has created some amazing composite photo images of Tustin that he's letting us share with you. Click on the photo above or here to view the images.

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.


Vintage Photos