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Old Town Tustin Charm

Our 21st Annual Home and Garden Tour

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Once again, we celebrate our amazing community and its heritage in Old Town Tustin at the Tustin Area Historical Society's 21st Annual Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour, Old Town Tustin Charm, on Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 3 pm.

Enjoy a stroll through old Tustin and view how home owners have turned their vintage homes and gardens into modern day living spaces while maintaining the charm of yesteryear. Each home has a unique story, interesting decor and artifacts collected by the owners.

Click here for full information and to buy discounted advance sale tickets.

Our Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour is an annual event that benefits the Tustin Area Historical Society and our wonderful museum in downtown Tustin.

The Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana

Monday, May 15th, 6:30 pm

From its beginnings in the 1790s, the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana played an important part in the development of the Tustin area, and reminders of the old rancho can still be seen today. Stretching from the mouth of the Santa Ana Canyon to the top of Newport Bay, the rancho dominated our early history, and the breakup of the rancho in the 1860s opened the way for the founding of Tustin, Santa Ana, and Orange.

At the next general meeting of the Tustin Area Historical Society, we proudly present Orange County historian Phil Brigandi tracing the history of the rancho from its Spanish beginnings, through its long ownership by the Yorba and Peralta families, and on to the impact of its partition in 1868.

The meeting will be held at the Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 South C St (between Main and 1st St.) on Monday, May 15th, beginning at 6:30 pm. There is no charge for admission, and refreshments are served.

Phil has been researching and writing local history since 1975 and is the author of two dozen books on the history of Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties, including Orange County Place Names A to Z.

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.

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 will allow these papers to be scanned and made available for digital access and to be saved for future generations.

View the article in the Orange County Register by clicking here.

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.

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


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