HMOC PRESS ROOM

Heritage Museum of Orange County Media Resource Center

As a nonprofit local Orange County history and cultural museum and events center HMOC welcomes and encourages museum visits, press coverage and collaborative partnerships with our Press and Media colleagues.

For the purposes here “Press” or “Media” collectively refers to all the traditional print, television and radio media as well as other online broadcast means of communication such as podcasts, blogs, websites, streaming apps and social media that all make up the news media. The people who work for organizations that produce these communications are also referred to as the Press.

A brief overview of HMOC’s history, features and important information can be found on our About page.  Our Events Calendar showcases upcoming HMOC Events.  To request further information; media or press pass access; high-resolution images; schedule interviews or event coverage; etc, please contact our Media Relations and Marketing department using our Media Inquiry Form or via Marketing@HeritageMuseumOC.org 

Press Policies

Personal photography during open public hours is encouraged on HMOC property and does not require an escort, however all photographers and subjects must stay in publicly accessible areas and all filming must be conducted without disruption to any Museum operations or visitors; stay within open public business hours only; adhere to all museum guidelines and be done with the safety of the property and Museum guests in mind (no moving items, climbing on or in any structures or natural habitat; must stay on marked trails only; cannot block Museum access in any way, etc). All personal filming must be done with handheld equipment only (no exterior lighting; reflectors; tripods, etc) Museum staff has the authority to verify that photography is being carried out for personal use only and to stop the filming if it is inappropriate, or requires additional fees to continue (see Professional and Commercial Filming Policy below).

All organized photo and video shoots, including any commercial projects (including but not limited to: tv; movie; advertising campaigns; paid product endorsements; news media coverage, interviews, student projects, social media collaborations, any video filming, etc); or any shoot requiring special equipment outside of handheld (such as tripods, camera rigs, lighting, audio equipment, etc) anywhere on HMOC property require advance scheduling/permission, may require additional fees, and an escort from the HMOC Marketing Department. Unscheduled press photo shoots that cannot be staffed may need to be declined or rescheduled. Onsite filming and segments are scheduled around HMOC business hours, field trips, group tours and facility rental events and while we will make every attempt to accommodate schedule requests, are at the discretion of HMOC. Please fill out our Media access request form; or contact us directly at Marketing@HeritageMuseumOC.org

Members of the press media with valid and approved media identification (issued by the city and other institutions and media outlets) that would like to visit HMOC during regular open business and/or Public Hours dates and times to research a story, blog or review, without the need of an interview or a photo shoot, are welcome to contact HMOC’s Marketing Department to request access to the will-call media list.

Complimentary approved media admittance is valid for a one time entry for the valid press identification holder only, with no additional guests unless approved by HMOC Marketing Department in writing prior to arrival. Special ticketed events and/or special exhibitions may not be included in admittance and will be on a case by case basis.

Interviews and media photo shoots/filming will be discussed with the Marketing Department and scheduled separately.

In every circumstance and for every press member, any and all HMOC ticketed special event or exhibition access must be requested and approved in advance by the Marketing Department prior to arrival. Complimentary approved media admittance is valid for a one time entry for the valid press identification holder and their photographer only, with no additional guests unless approved by HMOC Marketing Department in writing prior to arrival. Special ticketed events and/or special exhibitions may not be included in admittance and will be on a case by case basis.

Social Media and online streaming personalities and “Influencers” are a vital part of our nonprofit museum marketing network and we look forward to working with community leaders on promotions!  Contact the Marketing Department to discuss mutually beneficial collaborative trade partnerships with HMOC.

Members of the news media interested in high resolution images ready for publication can send a detailed email photo request to Marketing@HeritageMuseumOC.org or fill out our online form.

Professional and Commercial photography at HMOC is prohibited unless contracted, booked and scheduled in writing, with advance notice. Additional fees will apply. Photographs and film/video footage taken at HMOC may only be used for personal use, news reporting, feature stories, and editorial reviews with proper source credit given unless specific prior written approval is received by the HMOC Marketing Department or a signed contract supersedes this policy (such as for Weddings and outside booked Public Events). Photographs and film/video footage cannot be sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever except without specific and explicit contract approval from HMOC. Please view our Film Projects page and Media Inquiry Form for further information. Paranormal Investigations Filming may contact our paranormal department for specific bookings.

By entering an event or program of Heritage Museum of Orange County, you are entering an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur.

‌Your entry and presence on the event premises constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded and to the release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction of any and all recorded media of your appearance, voice, and name for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity in connection with Heritage Museum of Orange County and its initiatives, including, by way of example only, use on websites, in social media, news and advertising.

‌By entering the event premises, you waive and release any claims you may have related to the use of recorded media of you at the event, including, without limitation, any right to inspect or approve the photo, video or audio recording of you, any claims for invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity, defamation, and copyright infringement or for any fees for use of such record media.

‌You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the event premises.

HMOC Media Mentions

05/2024     HMOC Press Release: “From Dinosaurs to People”

01/2024     Travel Santa Ana: “Santa Ana, 2024 Official Visitors Guide”

01/2024     Culture OC: “Events Keep Culture Alive at Heritage Museum”

01/2024     LA Times/Times OC: “Sideshow of Horrors Brings Fans of Spooky Things to Santa Ana Historical Museum”

04/2023     Learn with Logan: “Orange County Heritage Museum Video Tour”

06/2022     Avoiding Regret (Blog): “Photo Essay: A Victorian Home Built Like a Ship Is Permanently Moored at Heritage Museum of Orange County”

05/2022     PBS SoCal: “Storybook Houses, Historic Theaters and More: 9 Underappreciated Treasures of Santa Ana”

01/2022     SoCal Landmarks, A Photography Project:  “Heritage Museum of Orange County”

View more by clicking “Read More”. This reference list will be updated periodically; to submit your article for inclusion please email a link to Marketing@HeritageMuseumOC.org.  To inquire about arranging an interview or visit to HMOC for an article please fill out our press inquiry form.

10/2020     Santa Ana Arts and Culture Office: “Heritage Museum of Orange County”

08/2020     TheseCuriousTimes.net: “The Kellogg House”

07/2019     LA Times/Times OC: “Heritage Museum Celebrates 150 Years of Santa Ana History Through Photos Collected From The Community”

06/2019     OC Weekly: “Heritage Museum’s New ‘Siempre Santa Ana’ Mural Celebrates City’s History”

06/2018     Heroes, Heroines and History: “The Heritage Museum of Orange County”

06/2017     Press Enterprise: “Back in the Day: The man behind Grand Boulevard”

08/2016     Voice of OC: “Can Micro-Farms Take Root in Santa Ana?”

03/2016     The Clio, Your Guide to History: “The Heritage Museum of Orange County”

06/2015    The Orange County Register: “Our Towns, Presenting a Garden-Variety Tie”

10/2014     Orange County Breeze: “OC Aviation History Part of Travelling Smithsonian Exhibit on Local Display”

02/2014     The Orange County Register: “Spotlight on Santa Ana’s Maag family”

09/2013     The Orange County Register: “Santa Ana history: The Maag House”

09/2013     WeddingCompass.com: Heritage Museum Orange County Video Tour

04/2013     O.C. History Roundup: “Big Doin’s in Gospel Swamp”

06/2005     County Courier, Official Publication of the Orange County Historical Society: “Centennial Heritage Museum”

01/1994     LA Times: “At Home in 1898 in the Kellogg House”

07/1992     SantaAnaHistory.com: “The Maag House”

04/1991     Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society: “The Kellogg House”

Date Unknown     Find a Grave.com: “Hiram Clay Kellogg” biography, obituary, gravesite”

Date Unknown    TechWaste Recycling: “About Kellogg House, Santa Ana, CA”

Date Unknown     Publication Unknown: “An Easy Escape to Yesteryear: The Heritage Museum of Orange County”

Date Unknown     Publication Unknown: “Smithsonian Exhibit Arrives in O.C.” (part 1); “Journey: Traveling Exhibit Arrives in Orange County” (part 2)

This reference list will be updated periodically; to submit your article for inclusion please email a link to Marketing@HeritageMuseumOC.org.  To inquire about arranging an interview or visit to HMOC for an article please fill out our press inquiry form.

Thank you to the Creators who contributed media assets for HMOC's website

Addi Miller Photography
Amanda and Nico Photography & Videography
Avenue Amo Photography
Big Foot Collectors Club
Blissful Events by Diana
Brian A Wilkins
Creepy AF
Darcy Staniforth
Debbie Agee 
Dream Co Planning
FE Tree
Grayson Reese Photos
Hobbitween (Julie)
James Lynn (Former SAHS Student)
Jason Burns Photography 
Jerry Buteyn Photography
Joanna Miriam Photography
Jon Haverstick Studios
Jordan DiSorbo (Detune)
Joy and Joey
Kelsi Davies
Kris Star
Kristin Smetona Photography
Mackie and Amanda
Mariana (HMOC Museum Attendant)
Mitchell Child Development Center
Murder of Crowes
Octopod Online
Roxanne Lee
Saintly Film, Santa Ana High School 
Serrano Images
The Everlasting Photo
Theresa Bridget Photography
Vier Wedding Films
White Rabbit Tiffany Photography

To speak with our HMOC Media Relations and Marketing Department please contact us at:

Fill out this brief inquiry form to request further information; media or press pass access; high-resolution images; schedule interviews or event coverage; arrange social media collaborations; etc. You will be contacted by our Marketing Department promptly. 

For additional contact options please visit our social media sites, or our Staff Contact Page for individual departments.

We look forward to working with you!

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