Diversification is the operative term among historical groups within cities in Orange County. Advisory boards appointed by individual city councils recombine with smaller societies of citizens attempting to protect ancient structures from being razed by developers. Some groups are associated with particular historical landmarks; some serve as research libraries and offer their archives to the public; others offer group outings to visit historical sites but have no particular headquarters. The Pickwick Hotel, used as a workshop by the Anaheim Historical Society, met its demise by a wrecking ball in September, 1987; board meetings are today held at a member's bed-and-breakfast house. Public libraries are additional historical resources: the Elizabeth J. Schultz History Room, Anaheim Public Library; the Launer Room, Fullerton Public Library; the Santa Ana History Room, Santa Ana Public Library, and the Local History Collection, Yorba Linda Public Library.
Anaheim Historical Society
P.O. Box 927
Facilities: None. No headquarters at the current time. The only historical buildings still standing in downtown Anaheim are the Anaheim Museum (old Carnegie Anaheim Public Library, built in 1908, rededicated in 1988) and the restored old Kramer Building--until recently housing the Bank of America
Contact: Dan Doller, president, (714) 774-6770
Cost/dues: $10 individual; $15 couple
Mother Colony Advisory Board
Anaheim Public Library
500 W. Broadway
Mother Colony Household
P.O. Box 3246
Facilities: Mother Colony House Museum, 414 N. West St., Anaheim (circa 1857)
Hours: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday. Group tours by appointment Tuesdays or Wednesdays
Contact: Harold Baustrap, chairman, or Mary Lou Begert, local history curator, (714) 999-1850
Cost/dues: Advisory board members appointed by the Anaheim City Council; the auxiliary Mother Colony Household accepts memberships through the mail; use the post office box above. $5 donation per person
Brea Historical Society
P.O. Box 9764
Facilities: Small display rooms, Old City Hall, 401 S. Brea Blvd.
Hours: Open by appointment only
Contact: Inez C. Fanning, president, (714) 529-2993
Cost/dues: $10 individual; $15 couple; $25 supporting members
Buena Park Historical Society
7842 Whitaker St.
Buena Park 90621
Facilities: Whitaker Jaynes House and the Bacon House, 7842 Whitaker St.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursdays; 1-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month
Contact: Roberta Knisley, (714) 522-2788 or (714) 521-9900, Ext. 302
Cost/dues: $10 individual; $12.50 couple; $15 family
Costa Mesa Historical Society
P.O. Box 1764
1870 Anaheim St.
Costa Mesa 92628
Facilities: Diego Sepulveda Adobe, 1900 Adams Ave.; SAAB wing branch Santa Ana Army Air Base, 1870 Anaheim St.
Hours: Adobe: noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and the second and fourth Sundays of every month; SAAB wing branch, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday or by appointment
Contact: Charles Beecher, president, (714) 631-5918
Cost/dues: $10 individual; $12 family
Cypress Heritage Committee
5700 Orange Ave.
Facilities: No museum. Buildings in the community older than 1945 have been identified and documented; heritage status will be sought where applicable.
Contact: Gretchen Snyder or Malcolm Johnson, (714) 229-6794 or (714) 229-6780; Joan Edwards, president, (714) 826-3207
Dana Point/Capistrano Beach Historical Society
P.O. Box 544
Dana Point 92629
Facilities: Documents preserved (including an architect's 1924 map of the area) will be put on display in City Hall (33282 Street of the Golden Lantern) this summer. Statue of a hide drogher (a person who traded hides and furs) has been commissioned for display on the bluff top. This full-size bronze sculpture should be completed by October. The society hopes to reclaim Indian artifacts recovered from the area.
Contact: Elizabeth M. Bamattre, president, (714) 661-0317
Cost/dues: $10 individual; $20 family; $2 seniors/students
Saddleback Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 156
El Toro 92630
Facilities: Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road features the Cerrano Adobe original to its site (circa 1863); El Toro Grammar School (1890); St. George's Episcopal Mission (1891) and the Harvey Bennett Ranch House (1908). A research library and offices are housed here.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tours at 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Contact: (714) 855-2028; Nancy Thatcher, (714) 586-8488
Fountain Valley Historical Society
P.O. Box 8592
Fountain Valley 92728
Facilities: Talbert Real Estate Office; Japanese Bath House and Tank House; gazebo, and replica of an old firehouse with Seagrave fire engine (in working order), 17641 Los Alamos St.
Hours: By appointment only on weekends
Contact: Diddy Lammers, president, (714) 962-3453; James Dick, curator, (714) 962-5157