Honoring our Founder: Adeline Walker
Take a journey back in time as you tour the beautifully restored 1889 Victorian Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum on Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For this special Open House we remember the remarkable Mrs. Adeline Walker (1904-1985) and her group of fledging preservationists, who fought City Hall and transformed a forlorn building into the magnificent house museum we know today.
As you tour this historic home, learn of its past as the residence and medical office of one of Orange County’s first female physicians. Our modern-day “Mrs. Walker” will describe the grassroots effort to save it from demolition during urban renewal of the 1970s. Enjoy a cup of tea in our grand dining room, and before you leave, be sure to visit our gift shop to purchase interesting books on local history, and vintage gifts and ephemera.
Did you know Adeline Walker? Were you involved with the preservation work at the Howe-Waffle House? Please join us to share your memories with our guests.
Adults $5, Seniors and Members $4, Students K-12 $3
NEW! We are pleased to offer a Spanish language tour at 1:00 pm,
starting in the front parlor. No reservations are necessary.
Our (separate) downtown walking tour will also be held on April 7th at 2:30 pm. Click here to buy online tickets for your reservation.
The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum is located at 120 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, California. (Free parking is available in our lot, or at the UCI Family Health Center at the NE corner of Sycamore and Civic Center Drive.)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Anita Britt, author,
Anodynes & Nostrums: A Century of Patent Medicines for Infants and Children
Join us a the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum on Sunday April 15th from 2 to 4 pm. Tickets are $12, general public, and $10, SAHPS members.
Many medical professionals are concerned about the over-medication of children, and the kinds of medicines given to young children, but Dr. Britt has found that it was much worse less than a hundred years ago. Cocaine tooth drops, heroin for cough, alcohol and opium were common “remedies.” Dr. Britt will speak about her latest book “Anodynes and Nostrums” and will bring some fascinating items from her collection of antique medicines to share with you.
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Help Us Preserve History
Join the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society. For a small contribution, you can support the Dr. Howe-Waffle House, the new Santa Ana Fire Museum, and all the other historical and preservation activities we do.
As a member you receive special member-only discounts on Open House tickets at both of our museums (the 1889 Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum and our new Santa Ana Fire Museum,) as well as invitations and discounts to exciting events throughout the year, including our award-winning Cemetery Tour. And as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your membership dollars are tax deductible!
With a near 40-year legacy of historic preservation, the Society remains an all-volunteer, grassroots organization with no paid staff, and a reputation as an active, community-preservation oriented group. This is not your grandmother's historical society! We take historic preservation very seriously and are part of an exclusive, and increasingly rare, group of historical organizations. This is a distinction our members can take pride in.
Please join us today, or renew your membership at your current, or higher, level. And, please, give as generously as you can.
Click here to donate/join/renew online.
Update to the Civil War Veterans' Gravesites
The legacy of America's Civil War played a major role in the birth of Orange County. We support a great research effort to document the grave sites of Civil War veterans in our county. You can even use Google Earth to help you locate these locations. Click here to see more.
Orange County History Books
We have one of the widest collection of Santa Ana and Orange County history books around. If you would like to order any of them, visit our Store link for the books available online and for a copy of our latest mail-in book order form. If there is a book you think we have that isn't listed, email us at email@example.com
Old Society Newsletters Posted
It's fun to go through some of our newsletters and see what the Society was doing during the 1980s and 90s (and also who was preserving what home and received various awards). We've posted most of the issues (including our first 4) on this site. Some files are large (6 to 11 MB in size), but they're all easily viewable as PDF files. Click here to view some of the old issues.
This Place Matters! -- The Dr. Howe-Waffle House has been included in a national online program to highlight "places that matter." Thanks to Nicholas Ball for being our spokesmodel.
» Other old News and Information from this Home Page.........