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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Limited Edition Holiday Ornaments Prove Popular; More Than Half Already Sold – Order Yours Here

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Events, Projects | 0 comments

The Dana Point Historical Society is pleased to offer this collectible ornament to celebrate the City of Dana Point while establishing a new tradition for the Society and community. The first in a Series of Collectible Ornaments, more than half of this limited edition of 500 ornaments has been sold.  The ornament is a likeness of the City of Dana Point Official Seal, originally designed by Rick Morgan, finished in brilliant 24K gold, proudly...

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Scholarship Fundraiser: Fun and Fabulous Fiesta!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Events, Scholarships, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Scholarship Fundraiser: Fun and Fabulous Fiesta!   Over a hundred people attended this year’s scholarship fundraiser, making it one of our most successful ever. Both scholarship winners, Jayden Raye Lapin-Tatman and Makena Crawford, were busy with graduation events that day but we managed to get a few words from Jayden before darkness settled in. Prior to Jack Saunderson’s Mexican Fiesta Dinner, participants enjoyed a special tour of...

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“The Dolphin” Celebrates 100 Years as Dana Point’s Oldest Residence

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Historic Homes, Preservation | 0 comments

by Barbara Force Johannes Considered Dana Point’s oldest residence, the Dolph House was built in 1914 before the Panama-California Exposition was held in San Diego the following year and three years before the U.S. entered World War I.  Miss Blanch Dolph commissioned the Los Angeles architectural firm of Walker and Vawter to design her permanent residence.  While the home has been described as Mediterranean with Italian influence, it has...

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