Burning of Santa Ana’s Chinatown

by Kimberly Dennin We have once again entered a time where violence, hate, and racism against Asian-Americans is at the forefront of the nations’ consciousness. Now that we are in […]

Historic Wintersburg

Historic Wintersburg

by Kimberly Dennin We have once again entered a time where violence, hate, and racism against Asian-Americans is at the forefront of the nations’ consciousness. Now that we are in […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

by Kimberly Dennin Early Observances of Memorial Day Memorial Day as we know it now has its origins in local observances held in various towns and cities across America. These […]

Bones in Our Backyard

Bones in Our Backyard

Updated: Jun 25, 2021 It might be difficult to imagine Orange County without shopping malls, freeways, housing and people, but if we go back far enough in time the area was […]

Annexation of Hawaii

Annexation of Hawaii

By Kimberly Dennin Businessmen vs. Native Hawaiians The story of the annexation of Hawaii is one of the struggle between white businessmen after favorable trade conditions and native Hawaiians protecting […]

Spring has sprung at Heritage Museum!

Spring has sprung at Heritage Museum

The adage goes that “April showers bring May flowers.” With parts of Southern California reaching an unprecedented two feet of rainfall this season, it’s no surprise to see so many […]

Orange County’s Hidden History of Labor Rights

Orange County has its humble beginnings in the agricultural industry. For decades, fruit and nut ventures brought prosperity to the county and its founders, creating a viable infrastructure for the […]

William Herbert Mortensen (1897-1965)

William Mortensen’s (1897-1965) ingenue belonged to the burgeoning movement of modernist photography between the 1920s and the 1950s, but his name rarely appears in its retrospectives. Known for occult, macabre […]

Rose Pruning and the History of Rose Gardens

By Cassandra Kesig History Believed to have been grown as garden plants first in Ancient Babylon, Ancient China was among the first civilizations to cultivate and hybridize roses. Presently, these […]

Memories of Laura Waddell

Compiled and written by HMOC’s Victorian Tea Society in remembrance of a dear friend and member. On Friday, November 12, Heritage Museum lost a dear friend and long-time Victorian Tea […]

The Life and Legend of Billy the Kid

There are several names that come to mind when we think of American outlaws: Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, Belle Starr, and Black Bart. Of course we can’t forget one of […]

Justice Thurgood Marshall

Early Life On July 2, 1908 Thoroughgood Marshall was born to William and Norma in Baltimore, Maryland. His mother was a school teacher and his father was a railroad porter. […]

The Zoot Suit Riots

Before the Zoot Suit Riots: When the United States entered World War II in 1941, the country experienced a labor shortage. Workers were needed in the agriculture industry, so an […]

Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

Before the U.S. entered WWII, they had already begun conducting research into the development of atomic weapons. In 1940 the U.S. government began funding an atomic weapons development program in […]

Holiday Blog Post & Celebrating with Citrus

By Betzaira Ruiz Update 12/14/21: Heritage Museum of Orange County has over 80 citrus trees on site! We grow grapefruit, lemons, tangerines, two different types of oranges (navel and valencia), […]