the purpose of the Orange Community Historical Society?
statement responds to this question. In a nutshell, the historical
society’s goal is to collect and preserve items representing
history (books, newspapers, photos, and more) so that
future generations can
enjoy and refer to them, gaining a better understanding of the past.
addition to collecting these
items, the historical society holds many events
designed to inform the
about the fascinating history of Orange.
- Is the
Community Historical Society the same as the Old Towne Preservation
Although both organizations are concerned with preserving the
heritage of Orange, their missions are different. The Orange
Community Historical Society focuses on the city of Orange
and the communities within its boundaries, like El Modena and Olive. It
collects and preserves the history of these communities by adding to
the local history archives. The Old Towne
Preservation Association focuses on preserving and
enhancing Old Towne Orange, the downtown neighborhood on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Orange have an
Yes, this collection is at
the Orange Library & History Center located at 407 E.
Chapman Avenue in Orange. The local history collection
includes the Florence Flippen Smiley Memorial Archives, which are on
permanent loan from the Orange Community Historical Society, as well as
items acquired by the library through purchase or donations.
Within the collection are books, periodicals, photographs,
manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, ephemera, and artifacts. A
variety of subject areas are represented with particular emphasis on
the citrus industry, old businesses, civic and religious organizations,
and city agencies.
can I donate items to the archives?
Donations can be made directly to the History Room at the Orange
Library & History Center. Copies can be made of
and documents, if you want to retain the original while sharing the
content with the community. Remember, today’s
images are tomorrow’s history, so consider documenting and
donating current as well as past materials.
can I get a copy of something housed in the
The Orange Public Library's website
is a great source for
photographs, maps and other documents. The History Room at
can also make copies of
photos within books or periodicals that might not be available online.
are the historic parts of the city?
The history of
Orange is everywhere you look. The Plaza and the Old
Towne neighborhood are
among the most obvious examples of historic Orange, but other historic
sites are far-flung. The Irvine
(1 Irvine Park Rd, at the intersection of Katella Ave. and Jamboree
Rd.) celebrated its centennial in 1997; once known as Orange County
Park, it has been featured in a number of films, including
“Topper,” starring Cary Grant, and
Between the park and the Plaza is the unincorporated
community of El
Modena, originally an independent small town largely settled by
Quakers. Moreno’s Mexican Restaurant (4328 E.
once used as a Quaker church, and Fred Kelly Stadium (also on E.
Chapman Ave.) is named for an Olympic gold medal-winner who graduated
from Orange Union High School in 1911. At the north end of
Olive, another unincorporated community. There are historic
the hills of Olive, as well as the 1938 auditorium (once the Olive
Civic Center) of Olive Elementary School. At the corner of
Rd. and Lincoln Ave. is a plaque commemorating the site of Old Santa
Ana, the town established there after Jose Antonio Yorba, a solider in
the Portola expedition of 1769, petitioned for and received a land
grant. There are even historic trees and weirs in Orange.
History is in
every corner of the city, you just have to know where to look!
That’s where the Orange Community Historical
can I learn more?
a historical society meeting! You’re sure to hear
interesting stories about the good ol’ days in Orange.
of books have been written about Orange history. You can find
them at the Orange Public
Library, and be sure to check out the local history website
www.cityoforange.org/localhistory for information and
historical photographs! Also check out our Links.