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News ImageOrange Barrio Historical Society Gives $1,000
The Orange Barrio Historical Society presented a $1,000 check for the Orange Public Library's History Center at the August City Council meeting.
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Emigdio Vasquez, Orange's Renowned Chicano Artist, Passes Away


Emigdio Vasquez, a Chicano artist famous for his murals who called Orange and the Cypress Street Barrio home, passed away on August 9, 2014 at the age of 75. Unofficially known as the Godfather of Chicano Artists, Vasquez painted 22 murals throughout Orange County. His mural "Proletariado de Aztlan" [also referred to as "Tribute to the Chicano Working Class"] is located in the Cypress Street Barrio and was recently restored by his son, Emigdio "Higgy" Vasquez, Jr.

For more information on Emigdio Vasquez, please visit the Orange Public Library & History Center or visit our website and digital collection at: http://www.cityoforange.org/localhistory.

Orange Fire Department Display


The Orange Public Library & History Center has a new display featuring the Orange Fire Department and one of its past Fire Chiefs, Floyd D. Higgins. The items on display include photographs and badges of Chief Higgins, as well as artifacts such a fire-hose nozzle dating from 1922. These times are on loan from the Orange Fire Department. The display can be found on the second floor Former Mayor Joanne Coontz Reading Room.

Online Newspaper Archive


Searching for a family ancestor? Looking for historic information about a house or business? Search our newly updated newspaper archive online! The Orange Public Library & History Center offers full access to a Digital Collection that includes historic city newspapers. Dating from as early as December 19, 1888 to as late as December 28, 1946, these newspapers are available online and are full text searchable. Visit http://www.cityoforange.org/localhistory and click on Digital Database. Questions? Ask us!

Bathgate Family home in Villa Park, 1885


Newly donated photograph to the Orange Public Library local history archive shows a home in Villa Park in 1895. The photograph shows the Bathgate family standing in front of their home, located where Villa Park High School stands now. In the center of the photograph are Mr. William George Bathgate and Mrs. Violet Kirkwood Bathgate. The family was originally from Scotland and Mr. Bathgate was a surveyor in the City of Orange.


News ImageLocal History Volunteers Wanted
Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy genealogy? Do you like helping others in their research projects? The Orange Public Library & History Center offers you the opportunity volunteer in our History Center.
( Local History Volunteer Flyer )
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