This November marks the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Anaheim Historical Society in 1976 by a group of neighbors committed to preserving and protecting our city's history. That same year, in spite of the Society's efforts, many buildings in Anaheim's historic downtown were lost forever in the name of progress.
The AHS was incorporated in May 1978 as a California non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of local history and fostering community pride through the knowledge of those that came before.
Two of Anaheim’s significant historical buildings were nominated by the AHS to the National Register of Historic Places:
Anaheim’s first “skyscraper”, the 1925 Samuel Kraemer Building was listed in 1983.
The 1908 Anaheim Public Library building, a gift from Andrew Carnegie, nominated in 1979 was restored and reopened in 1987 as the Anaheim Museum. Today it is part of Downtown's popular MUZEO complex which includes the Anaheim Heritage Room, also open to the public.
The Society has published several books including: “Anaheim’s Colorful Heritage”, “A Guide to Historic Anaheim”, and a 3-volume series titled Biographical Sketches of Anaheim.
Since 1978, the AHS has hosted occasional Historic Home Tours to showcase Anaheim’s existing architectural treasures. Special events spotlighting a variety of local historical subjects are planned each year.
We hope you become a member of the Anaheim Historical Society and show your commitment to preserving our city's very unique history, the people, events, architecture, and works of art that define our past, and continue to shape our future.
The Anaheim Historical Society is a tax-exempt non-profit educational institution, as determined by the IRS under Section 501(c)3. Tax ID #95-3247506