There’s a hidden gem in town that too few residents know about.  It’s the Irvine Historical Society.

Founded in 1976, the Society’s mission is to preserve, research, and promote the heritage of the original Irvine Ranch.  The Irvine Historical Museum, which opened in 1980, is operated by the Society.  The museum is housed in the oldest standing structure within the boundaries of the Ranch.

The museum (located at 5 San Joaquin) is open Sundays and Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm.

In addition to the museum, the Society offers tours of Old Town on the second Sunday of each month.  The tour begins at noon in the lobby of the La Quinta Inn on Sand Canyon (right off the 5 Freeway) and usually lasts about an hour.

The Society has also introduced a new series, “Let’s Talk History,” that takes place on the fourth Sunday of each month from 3pm until 4:30pm.  There’s a different topic discussed every month.

Below are links to some of the Society’s historical documents:

To learn about the legacy of James Irvine, Sr., click here.

To read how James Irvine II turned a ranch into an agricultural treasure, click here.

To learn about Irvine’s development through the 1950s, click here.

To read how Irvine Ranch moved towards urban development, click here.

The Society welcomes volunteers and supporters.

To learn more about the Society and their programs/events, click here.

ICNV Staff

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