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.


1888 is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Employer Identification Number (EIN): 47-4550601

Plaza Square, Orange, California, 1887. Courtesy of the Orange Public Library, Orange, CA.