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.
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. Visit us online at http://1888.center.