Anaheim Historical Society

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Charles Phoenix Brings Vintage Disneyland to Life in "Anaheimland 2014" at Loara School

    Charles Phoenix often ventures into Orange County with his funny commentary and magic box of found home photography slides. But his Anaheim Historical Society presentation on May 25 has extra-special appeal.

  • News

    December 8, 2011

    Meet Shaheen Sadeghi, the LAB Man

    In his his quest to hipsterize OC retail, Shaheen Sadeghi has built quirkily beautiful properties and gained more than a few critics

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Anaheim Historical Society to Host Home Tour This Weekend

    ​We've always been fans of the Anaheim Historical Society, and not just because they keep inviting us to their meetings to hear heresies of our past. Unlike other local historians, they're fully accepting of Anaheim's racist past--moved on, glad it's gone, now can we just grill some 'cue and torti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    What Will Become of the Chris & Pitts Bar-B-Q Sign?

    Sun sets on iconic Anaheim sign...​When I became of driving age and had to leave Anaheim for points south, I'd always take Euclid Avenue where two beacons stood to guide me along: the fabulous neon chicken of the La Palma Chicken Pie Shop and the multi-bulb wonder that was the marquee for Chris &a ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Disney's Hotel-Workers' Union Is Still Trying to Bring Down the Mouse

    After some two-and-a-half years of stalled negotiations and street theater, a new labor deal still seems like Fantasyland

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    The Curious Case of Anaheim's Founding, Probably Mythological Goat

    Maybe Ontiveros' goat was made into birria?​It's always a blast speaking before the Anaheim Historical Society, not just because it's my hometown crowd but also because the fine folks who belong are receptive to my diagnosis of our collective Sunkist memories. So, when I brought up the story of th ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Finally, a Reason to Visit Anaheim's GardenWalk

    Guerrero with her mural​ I cringe every time I drive past Anaheim's GardenWalk and its fortress of chains. This isn't my Anaheim of immigrant shops mixing with longtime businesses in cheap strip malls, nor does it have the Googie charm of the original hotels and stores that sprung around Disneyla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Beloved OC Historians, Mexicans, and Half-Breeds Tomorrow!

    As mentioned in my ¡Ask a Mexican! column this week, I'll be speaking tomorrow to the Anaheim Historical Society at what's now called the Woelke-Stoffel House but which generations of Anaheimers know as the Red Cross House. Address is 418 N. West St., Anaheim, (714) 292-0042, and the fun will start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Cafe Contigo--Closed :-(

    Spent the weekend hawking books at the Anaheim Historical Society's biannual home tour. There, many folks told me the bad news: Cafe Contigo, located just down the street from Anaheim City Hall, is no more. I reviewed it late last year, just a couple of weeks after it opened, and made it my place t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    A People's History Tour of Anaheim

    I've known Cynthia Ward, president of the Anaheim Historical Society, for a couple of years now, and have always found her to be someone with an open mind and a passion for what's ultimately right. Ever an Anaheim booster, she's the lady who escorted Huell Howser 'round our hometown for his Anaheim ... More >>

  • News

    September 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    Grove Where Citrus War Started Now Dying

    Ate at El Pollo Fino over the weekend with Cynthia Ward, head of the Anaheim Historical Society and a longtime reader. Over bites of the best charbroiled chicken in Orange County not cooked at The Surfin' Chicken, Ward informed me of a terrible development: the orange grove on Santa Ana and Helena s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    Historical Hackery at its Worst

    Orange County has a notorious tradition of historians who subscribe to the Cult of the Orange Crate, the idea that our region's yesteryears are as immaculate as the images depicted on the labels of the long-gone citrus industry. This paper has long challenged such orthodoxy by publishing stories dea ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 13, 2005

    The Before Picture

    Under 97 years of paint, this two-story Edwardian is the king of crown molding