Tustin Historical Museum

Tustin Historical Museum preserves and displays priceless memorabilia in regards to the history of Tustin.


Tustin Area Historical Society

The Tustin Area Historical Society was founded in 1976 for the purpose of preserving the rich and colorful history of our local area. To accomplish this, we rely on membership dues and proceeds from our Annual Old Town Home and Garden Tour since there is no admission charge to visit the Museum.

These funds allow us to maintain and enhance our Museum, provide programs to stimulate historical interest in the area, protect historical papers and photographs for future research and to continue our History in A Box program for the over 100 third grade classes in the Tustin Unified School District.   

The Museum, located at 395 El Camino Real, is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. weekdays, and every first and third Saturday from 12 noon until 3 p.m.

2021 Board of Directors

  • President – Steve Sauers

  • Vice President – Tiffany Miller

  • Treasurer – Kurt Bensworth

  • Recording Secretary – Gretchen Whisler

For more information, please visit the museum’s website.
Contact Steve Sauers.

Chief Glenn Sissel (on far left) with the entire force, 1960. The females are the secretarial staff.

Officers Tom Heritage, Ruth Dixon (Tustin’s first female officer) and Nate Caplan, 1979

“Big” John Stanton was Tustin Police Department’s first Police Chief.” He was Tustin’s only officer and Chief from 1927- 1942 and used his private automobile as his on-duty vehicle.

Tustin Police Chief Glenn Sissel and staff, 1960.

Pictured here as a Motor Officer, Otis Johnson was a Tustin police officer from the 1970s to early 1980s.

2010 Motor Unit composed of Sergeant Clark Galliher, Motor Officers Ralph Casiello, Larry Seja, and Don Houle.

K-9 Officer Shonn Rojas and his K-9 Ari, 2010.