1888 serves as a regional catalyst for the preservation, presentation, and promotion of cultural heritage and literary arts.  We develop educational programs, produce collaborative projects, and publish relevant literature from around the world to enrich our diverse neighborhoods and engage the national community.


Dedicated to the creative traditions of our local history, we use the literary arts as a foundation for increasing education and literacy with meaningful opportunities—both online and offline—that will engage readers, support writers, and inspire a cultural legacy for future generations.


The innovative 1888 Center is located in the historic District of Old Towne Orange, California. The building, constructed in 1925, hosts a bookshop, gallery, multi-use performance space, and café.

Community Videos

CONTRIBUTING on a cultural exchange project with UGLARworks and South African artists for the City of Los Angeles, 1888 Board Member Ryan Gattis talks about the literary landscape with filmmaker Graham Lovelis.

COLLABORATING with photojournalist Shannon Cottrell and Southern California authors to capture their definition of Routineologyour project-based study of creative routine.

CONNECTING with Orange Home Grown to develop a Small Towne Short Stories live podcast discussion with Historian Phil Brigandi and Barbara Resnick of the Orange Community Historical Society.

Podcast Network

The 1888 Podcast Network is a curated collection of educational and entertaining podcasts. Each program is designed to provide a unique platform for industry innovators to share stories about art, literature, music, history, science, or technology.


Select episodes are presented live around Orange County and at the 1888 Center in Old Towne Orange, California. When a guest is unable to travel, interviews are conducted online and released as special editions. All programs are recorded and archived as a free resource to download and stream on our website or with your favorite podcast app.

  • The How, The Why: 198 – Stephen Most

    A live recording of our educational podcast The How, The Why with Stephen Most. Stephen Most writes plays, books, and documentary screenplays. He has ...


1888 is a publisher of contemporary novellas and The Cost of Paper, an annual anthology of international short stories. Our books are available in both print and digital formats, online and in your local bookstore, library, museum, university gift shop, and selected specialty accounts.

Vision Book

Our vision is to establish a lasting cultural center in Old Towne Orange, California, and transform the City into the Literary Arts Capital of Southern California.


To learn more about our organization, please view the slides below or download a pdf (16.5 MB) version of our Vision Book, which highlights 1888 exhibitions, publishing, programs, and partners, and features a brief history of the City of Orange, the state of literary arts in Orange County, and a review of awards and media recognition. Contact us if you’d like to request a print edition.