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Metal of Honor Recipients

James H. Brown was just 17 years old when he enlisted into the 27th Maine Infantry Regiment in September 1862. He served in that unit, in guarding the Capital and in Virginia, until 1863. When his service wascomplete, he re-enlisted into the 2nd Maine Calvary. His unit was sent to Pensacola, Florida and transferred to the Navy, serving as a gunner’s mate on the USS Manhattan, under Admiral Farragut of the “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” fame. The USS Manhattan captured the Confederate ironclad Tennessee at the Battle of Mobile Bay. When James Brown left the service, he was 25 years of age. He settled in Tustin prior to 1892 and passed away at age 90 in 1935.

Nelson M Holderman is considered by many to be the most decorated soldier of World War I. A young Nelson came to Tustin, with his parents, in 1893. He attended Tustin Grammar School and began his military career in 1916 with Santa Ana’s National Guard Unit. Company L. In 1918, Company L was sent to France and the Argonne Forest. Capt. Holderman became part of the Lost Battalion after being cut off and surrounded by the enemy for 5 days. Capt. Holderman was wounded three times on three days yet continued to lead his men. After returning to Tustin and the National Guard, Holderman was promoted to Colonel and became head of the Yountville Soldier’s Home in Yountville, California. He passed away in 1953..

William Jerome came to the United States from his native England to Philadelphia, where he enlisted into the Pennsylvania 1st Calvary during the Civil War. Although we are still completing his biography and verifying information, Jerome served in Company G, US Calvary and was involved with fighting Indians in the Chiricahua Mountains. William Jerome came to Tustin in 1881, where he served as the first Constable of Tustin, a Los Angeles Policeman and plasterer. He dropped dead of a heart attack while building Tustin’s first sidewalk in front of the Utt Store in August 1900.

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TAHS & Museum Programs, Events, Groups and Classes
TAHS Programs
Arv and JoAnn Bollesen Art Contest - Historic Old Town Tustin theme (Tustin Community third grade)
Evelyn Furtsch "Ojeda" - Tustin High School Track Scholarship
(1932 Olympic gold medalist)
“History in A Box” program - For the over 100 third grade classes in the Tustin Unified School District

TAHS Events & Participation
Annual Home & Garden Tour -
Sip & Stroll in Old Town Tustin - (Participation in Museum)
Tustin Police Open House - (Participation with Booth)

Museum Programs and Events

Night at the Museum - 13 to 18 / 19 to 26 years old

- Museum Classes on preserving and protecting historical items.
- Museum Classes on How to Do Internet Searches using our Computer Research Center
- Public Oral History Evenings (Limited seating)
(Free to members...small fee to non-members)

In Development:
Juanita Lovret Essay Contest - Writing contest on Tustin history - Local high schools to compete.

Love History?
We are alway looking for people to help at our Museum. Call the office for information: 714 731-5701
or 714 504-4088

Digitizing our history.
Every website has its own way of searching for information.
Check to see about our classes
(For TAHS Members Only)

Issues of The Tustin News starting with 1922 through 2000 have been digitized by the TAHS and searchable on or on a dedicated computer terminal at our museum. (Free to members...small fee to non-members)

The Tustin News starting with 1922 through 2000.
Search papers from the 1700s-2000s.
Thousands of papers across the USA

Classes: TBA
YouTube Video tutorial

Working with Classmates we have digitied our high school year books.
Your High School, all in one place. Website
Tustin, CA - Tustin H.S. / Foothill H.S. / Beckman H.S
Classes: TBA
Video Instruction

World's largest online family history resource.
Classes: TBA
YouTube Video tutorials

Daughters of the American Revolution
National - Website - Video
Tustin - Website
Classes: TBA
YouTube Videos

Orange County Cemetery District
Santa Ana Cemetery: Founded in 1870, the 29 acres is a silent testimonial to the history of this community. The grounds hold the interments of hundreds of early settlers, pioneers, and veterans. Search here for grave location and services Desktop Version | Mobile Version

Strategic Partners

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presented at our general meetings and keep you up to date on Museum news. Dues start at only $35.00
a year and are tax-deductible.

If you have any questions, please call us at the Museum at 714 731-5701 or email us at

The Museum, located at 395 El Camino Real,
Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Saturday from 11 noon until 3 p.m.
See our Tour the Museum link for
specific dates. Map Location

Links to the Tustin Area Historical website: - Upcomming Events
Link to "Let's Talk History" -


Annual Old Town Tustin Events
Annual Home & Garden Tour -
Street Fair & -  
October: TustinTiller Days -

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