1888 Center

The innovative 1888 Center, located in the Historic District of Old Towne Orange, California, is a bookstore, gallery, workshop and café serving Contra Coffee & Tea. Our goal as a nonprofit organization is to provide our diverse neighborhoods with curated content and lifelong learning programs that are educational and entertaining.

In our first year, 1888 Center welcomed more than 182+ daily visitors with online opportunities reaching over 1.2 million participants.

4,054 guests attended our onsite workshops and we produced the following community programs:


Gallery Exhibitions


Podcast Episodes


Educational Programs


Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.


View the complete details from our first year at 1888.center/year-one or download the 1888 Center – Year One.pdf report. (5 MB)


Need a desk, office, conference room, or workshop?


1888 Center was designed as a creative accelerator with shared deskspace, private offices, and adaptable floor plans for events, meetings, and workshops.


We provide our partners with rates as low as $65 an hour and flexible plans designed to support your project and grow your business. Please contact trevor@1888.center or 657-282-0483.


1888 Center programs are recorded and archived as a free educational resource on our website or with your favorite podcast app including Apple and Spotify. Each interdisciplinary episode of the 1888 Center Podcast is designed to provide a unique platform for industry innovators to share stories about art, literature, music, history, science, or technology.