An Art and History Project for Third Grade Students

In celebration of the upcoming 25th Anniversary of Tustin’s Historic District, the Tustin Preservation Conservancy has produced an art and history project available to third grade teachers. Archi-Teacher is a hands-on project designed to help students study the architecture of the era when the City of Tustin was founded, learn the elements of each style and see these examples as they stand today in Old Town Tustin.

From this site, teachers can download Archi-Teacher, which offers drawings of 12 historic structures, including many of the recognizable homes in the district. Students can assemble their own village using the cutouts provided by the Conservancy.

To go along with the art and history project, the Conservancy has established a fund through the Tustin Public Schools Foundation to assist schools in covering the expense of buses to take the third graders on a trip into the history of Tustin. On these field trips, students visit the Tustin Area Historical Museum and walk through Old Town Tustin learning the history of the founders of the city and their former homes and businesses. Go to the Tustin Public Schools Foundation web site at for more information on this funding.



At their meeting on February 28th, the Orange County Board of Supervisors gave the green light to OC Parks head Mark Denny to develop the Concept Plan for a regional park around the historic Tustin Light-than-Air Hangar on the former Tustin Marine Base. The plan will call for an ice rink/swimming pool facility on the 84-acre park. Denny will be working with the Anaheim Ducks hoping to develop this facility as a practice rink for the team as well as a public rink. He also hopes to have the facility used by the US Water Polo Organization for an Olympic training facility. The concept plan comes with a price tag of $21 and will be presented to the board when completed.

We are very pleased with this plan and spoke in favor of it at the meeting. The estimated cost of the park itself is $69 million. It looks like we will be waiting a while to find out the fate of the hangar, but we’re certain that all the messages from Conservancy supporters helped sway the supervisors’ vote. Stay tuned! The plan can be seen at