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History in Orange County, California

Irvine Historical Society 
"The Irvine Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the Irvine Ranch, once one of the largest private ranches in the United States. The Society is headquartered at the Irvine Historical Museum, the oldest standing structure within the original boundaries of the Ranch."  Irvine
Mission San Juan Capistrano 
"Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. Today it is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Indians, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion. Visitors will discover many areas of interest within the Mission walls. You can hear the tolling of century old bells and walk down its time worn paths. The serenity and peace amid the 10 acres of lush gardens and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls, offers visitors seclusion from the sights and sounds of a busy world. Visit the Serra Chapel, Padres Quarters, Industrial Area, Soldiers Barracks, Cemetery and The Great Stone Church." Events include: Art Exhibitions, Benefit Gala Concert & Dinner, Christmas at the Mission, Flower & Garden Festival, Founders Day, Kids Day at the Mission, Lecture Series, Lincoln Celebration, Living History Day, Mariachi Festival, Member Appreciation Day, Music Under the Stars, Return of the Swallows, Sunday Symphony Series, Two for One Resident Day, Mission San Juan Capistrano Summer Camps.  San Juan Capistrano
Orange County Historical Society 
"The Orange County Historical Society, is a research, archival, and educational organization, dedicated to the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Orange County, of its people, and the surrounding area. The Society's reference library contains over 1,500 volumes, and there are over 500 files with information on families, historic buildings, events and sites, plus a map and photograph collection. These are made available for the education, research and enjoyment of the public. Our resources and office are located at the Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum, 120 Civic Center Dr. West in Santa Ana. Please call for an appointment (714) 543-8282... Our non-profit organization was established in 1919 to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Orange County, California. We share this history through the Historical Society's local research library, monthly programs, field trips, publications, monthly newsletter and website."  Santa Ana
The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace 
"Gallery of permanent exhibits, including Road to the Presidency, focusing on early Congressional and Vice Presidential campaigns; World Leaders, featuring life-sized statues of 10 world leaders selected by the President; Structure of Peace, focusing on the President as an architect of peace and including a portion of the Berlin Wall; Freedom Comes in Small Pieces, focusing on the Vietnam War POWs; a replica of the White House Lincoln Sitting Room; the Pat Nixon: Ambassador of Goodwill Room, a tribute to beloved First Lady Pat Nixon; a breathtaking display of dresses and gowns worn by the First Lady and daughters Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower; Domestic Affairs, highlighting the Presidentís role in such programs as the exploration of space, the environment, civil rights, the war on drugs, and the war on cancer; the Presidential limousine; Watergate, a look at the Presidentís final campaign; and Eagleís Nest, the Presidentís private study, recreated from his home in Park Ridge, N.J., exactly as it was the day of his fatal stroke. The museum grounds include the First Ladyís Rose Gardens a large reflecting pool and the small frame house, built with his own hands by the Presidentís father, in which Richard Nixon was born on January 9, 1913. Located near the birthplace is the gravesite of the President and his First Lady, surrounded by tranquil gardens."  Yorba Linda
Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society 
They "preserve and maintain the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum" as well as providing "educational programs including in-school presentations; Living History; photo archives; historic tours; books, maps, and other publications; and online resources."  Santa Ana
Tustin Area Historical Society 
"The Museum stocks a plethora of booklets, brochures, pamphlets and other literature dealing with the various facets of Tustin's history. They are well done and inexpensive. Please come in and see all we have to offer. You'll be glad you did!"  Tustin
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