Heritage Museum of Orange County…
Is a cultural and natural history center in Southern California. The centerpiece of the museum, which covers nearly 12 acres in all, is an historic plaza featuring several buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens and citrus groves. Among the buildings is the Kellogg House familiar to teachers and students throughout Orange County as a favorite field trip destination for over 30 years. Another highlight of the museum is a fully operational blacksmith shop. It is the home of the Orange County Blacksmith Guild and members hold regular blacksmith classes. Recent additions to the museum include a hydroponics and aquaponics garden, and a traditional produce farm. The museum farm has been certified to sell its harvested produce and the project is maintained by local high school and college volunteers. The latest major campaign for the museum is to restore the John A. Maag Farmhouse. The home, built in 1899, features three stories in 5,600 square feet of interior living space and is planned for the housing of museum archives, offices and presentation of exhibitions. Two original outbuildings of the Maag Farmhouse currently house offices, meeting space and our gift shop.
Heritage Museum of Orange County is a cultural and natural history center dedicated to preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region through quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages.
Jessica Bell and Lyz Beltran
Kevin Cabrera and Terri Klubniken
Chairperson: Drew Hatcher – Director of Contract Management, Behr Process Corp.
Vice Chair: Sandra Cervantes – Publisher and CEO, Cervantes, International
Secretary: John Hoganson – Teacher (Ret.), Garden Grove Unified School District
Treasurer: Jacqueline Meese
Directors at Large:
Mark Bello, Ph.D.- Principal, Mitchell School, Santa Ana Unified School District
Anita Ford – Principal (Ret.), Santa Ana Unified School District
Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan – Orange County LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) District 1
John Harmon – Site Manager, University of California, Irvine
Debbie Holmes – Cangelosi & Holmes, Inc.
Alice McCullough – Grant Writing Consultant
Our museum teaches students how one hundred years ago people were reusing, recycling and growing vegetables in their backyard as the customary way of living. Today, our museum not only teaches, but applies its teachings through our every day green operations including:
- recycling paper, plastic and aluminum.
- using our own Blacksmith shop for repairs around the property
- reusing & repurposing old lumber and other construction materials
- installation of environmentally-sensitive irrigation systems
- growing our own fruits and vegetables
- guarding the last surviving fresh water marshes in Santa Ana
- housing a variety of animal and bird life, as more than 4 acres of our property represent one of the last pieces of natural property in Santa Ana
Hiram (H. Clay) Kellogg was a native Californian, an uncommon attribute for one of Orange County’s pioneers. He was born in St. Helena, Napa County, on September 9, 1855, just six years after California became a state. Learn more…
John Anton Maag was born in Westphalia, Germany, on October 31, 1851. His father died when he was two, leaving his mother to raise him and his older brother Frank. The family emigrated to the United States in 1865, at the end of the U.S. Civil War. Learn More…