The Santa Ana Historical
Preservation Society is an active group of people
concerned and interested in preserving and
celebrating the history of our local Santa Ana
valley community. We preserve and maintain
the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical
Museum. We record and promote the history of early
Santa Ana and its central role in the birth and
growth of Orange County. We celebrate local
history by creating enjoyable events and
publications for residents whether hard-core
historians or just curious. We actively
support the education of our children to learn
about and appreciate their heritage and the
community around them.
Thanks to the help of our
members and other supporters, we continue this
mission to celebrate and promote Santa Ana and
early Orange County history. We’ve been doing that
for over 35 years – starting when Adeline Walker,
Betty Biner, and other dedicated residents, much
like yourself, took a stand for preservation. Back
in 1974 they saved the Dr. Howe-Waffle House from
destruction and began the Society.
We take our mission seriously. Our efforts and
publications have garnered awards. Our membership
grows every year. Our community continues to
support and thank us for our activities and
educational programs. We know what we’re doing is
working and is helping keep our local history
We’re all volunteers in this work. All the funds
we raise go towards expenses like supporting and
maintaining the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and
Medical Museum and to continue our work to collect
and share information about local history. We have
no paid staff members. Our active board is
out there salvaging vintage homes, creating
educational programs, assembling new history
displays, and developing new publications for the
This year we have even more on our plate. We’ll
again create and produce our award-winning Living History
Historical Tour at Fairhaven Memorial Park and
Santa Ana Cemetery.
We’re working on several new mini-books on SA
history. Our salvage program to recycle vintage
building materials to homeowners of older homes is
more popular than ever. We’re creating
a digital archive of local photos. We’re expanding
our website with even more historical articles and
photos for students and others searching the
Internet for local history.
But we need your help to continue these
activities. We absolutely can not do it without
you. Your membership dollars paired with our
volunteer efforts help make the Society one of the
leaders of local historical organizations. Without
your help, we couldn’t do all that we do. Even if
you can't volunteer your physical help, becoming a
member will help us with the funds we need to
continue and expand our work.
Please consider joining the Society. And, please,
give as generously as you can.
Click here to go to
our membership page.
Thank you for your time!
Santa Ana Historical
120 Civic Center Dr., West;
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Please join us as a member by donating between
$15 to $500,
depending on your ability
and generosity. Click on the link above to go to the PayPal site.