The innovative 1888 Center is a nonprofit organization located at the heart of the historic District in Old Towne Orange, California. The building, constructed in 1925, hosts a bookshop, gallery, multi-use performance space, and café serving creative beverages crafted by Contra Coffee & Tea.


We need your help supporting our community and building a cultural legacy for future generations.


Partnerships and contributions support lifelong learning programs, collaborative exhibitions, educational workshops, and community projects. 1888 also offers unique opportunities through Corporate Giving and our Founders Group.


MEMBER – $40+


FRIEND – $100+

  • All Member benefits, plus:
  • 2017 edition of The Cost of Paper our annual international short story anthology
  • 1888 Coffee Mug with Contra Coffee & Tea Gift Card


FAMILY – $500+

  • All Member and Friend benefits, plus:
  • Recognition in 2017 edition of The Cost of Paper, our annual international short story anthology
  • 2017 historic Dime Novel from our tribute series of genre classics from the late 1800’s


ADVOCATE – $1,000+


ASSOCIATE – $2,500+

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.


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.