JUNE 13: SANTA ANA BEFORE 1900

  Celebrate Santa Ana’s 150th birthday with a special presentation, “Santa Ana Before 1900,” by local historian Manuel “Manny” Escamilla at the next meeting of the Orange County Historical Society, June 13, 7:30p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange.

In 1869, William H. Spurgeon and Ward Bradford bought 74 acres of the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. The town grew quickly after Spurgeon platted the townsite the following year. It grew even faster when the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1877, opening up commerce, transportation and opportunities for agriculture. Santa Ana incorporated as a city in 1886 and – after a battle with Anaheim — became the seat of the new County of Orange three years later. By any standard, Santa Ana’s first several decades were an exciting time. Opportunities seemed limitless, success was never assured, and the Wild West was reluctantly giving way to a more modern and civilized era.

Former OCHS board member Manny Escamilla is writing a history of his hometown of Santa Ana and has presented a number of related historical programs throughout the community during this sesquicentennial year. He served as a City representative on the Santa Ana Arts & Cultural Master Plan and remains on staff in the City of Santa Ana’s Planning Department. He volunteers as a consultant to local artists incorporating historical themes and site-specific considerations across the city and as a board member of the Makara Art Center. Manny received a BA in History from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Library & Information Science from UCLA and is currently working on Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

250th Anniversary Portolá Trek

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

In 1769, Captain Gaspar de Portolá led the first Spanish overland expedition through what is now Orange County. In honor of this important anniversary, the Orange County Historical Society will present a guided bus tour along the Portolá route featuring stops at points along the trail and talks by local historians. The cost for the tour (including lunch—options are available—and a souvenir booklet) will be $80 for Orange County Historical Society members and $90 for non-members.

The tour starts in Tustin at 9:00 a.m. and will return to the same location about 3:30 p.m. Expect some walking and standing (30 minutes). Sign up by completing the form found here , or you can sign up and pay via Paypal below.  (You do NOT need to have a PayPal account to use this option!)

You will receive an email confirming your reservation and all additional information regarding where to meet and park.  No refunds will be available after May 1, 2019. For more information, please email us at 2019Portola@gmail.com.

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Cheers to 100 Years: 1919-2019

Orange County Historical Society Centennial Gala Dinner

An evening celebrating the Orange County Historical Society’s first century!
OCHS Picnic. Date unknown.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Fullerton Elk’s Lodge

  • 5:30 p.m. Social hour with hors d’oeurves and cash bar
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner service of three-entrée buffet
  • Period musical entertainment by Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys
  • A Century of History.  A look at one hundred years of OCHS historians presented by Phil Brigandi.
  • Exhibit of photographs and items from our archives
  • Silent Auction
  • Personalized caricature art souvenirs
  • A special evening of fun and fellowship

Historical attire from any from any era from 1919 onward is welcomed but not mandatory.

This dinner event is open to OCHS members and non-members alike, so bring your friends. Registration due no later than Monday, August 26, 2019. Confirmations will made by via email.

For more info: Gala@OrangeCountyHistory.org or (714) 707-7425

OCHS Members: $75 Non-members: $85

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