In Memoriam: Mel Pierce

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in About DPHS, Awards, Featured, Member Profiles, Oral History, Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

DPHS Patriarch of Dana Point, August 11, 1923 – May 19, 2015. Mel and Helen Pierce were honored as DPHS Founders in 2007.  Mel lived here from the age of six, with the exception of his service in WWII, loved Dana Point and believed in serving his community. Services will be held Saturday, June 6 at 2 PM at South Shores Community Church. Please click here to read all about the lives of Mel and his family when he was named Patriarch of the...

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President’s Messsage May / June 2015

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in About DPHS, Awards, Oral History, President's Message | 0 comments

It is with heartfelt sadness and admiration for a life well lived that I begin this message.  Our friend Mel Pierce passed away on May 19.  To me, Mel has always been our patriarch as a longtime resident, who, together with his wife Helen, was officially named a Historical Society founder in 2007, and was a mentor to those of us interested in Sidney H. Woodruff’s early develoment of Dana Point.  It was just May 13th when the Historical...

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Oral History

Posted by on Oct 25, 2008 in Oral History | 2 comments

Oral History In 2003, the Society originated a project to record recollections and reminiscences of residents of Dana Point and others who have knowledge of the early days and events of this area. The procedure (1) records the spoken memories, (2) transcribes those memories into a written record, and (3) binds the transcription into a booklet containing, in addition, copies of photographs, documents and other relevant materials for...

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