Historical Society October Meeting Will Feature New Book by Joe Dunn

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in About DPHS, Events, Featured, Surfing Heritage, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

On Wednesday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m., our membership meeting will feature a program presenting Joe Dunn’s new book, Indian: The Life of Osage Waterman Wayne Schafer. The book tells of Schafer’s life and chronicles his early years as well as his professional life. It also details the early days of the California surf culture and quotes various waterman as well as individuals from Schafer’s childhood. The program takes place at City Hall...

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Oceanic Heritage Paper & Projects of Surfing & Sailing by Bruce Beal

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Copyright Information, Sailing Heritage, Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

Commencing in the 1930’s, Dana Point and surrounds increasingly became populated by persons, originally known as “Watermen,” defined as those who were “comfortable in a wide variety of ocean conditions and had a broad store of oceanic knowledge; more specifically applied to those who are accomplished at a particular set of surfing-related activities, including diving, swimming, sailing, bodysurfing, fishing, spearfishing, surf canoeing,...

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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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Enthusiastic February Program Audience Crowds City Hall Chambers

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Sailing Heritage, Surfing Heritage, Uncategorized | 0 comments

DPHS provided another well received program when over 70 people attended our February event to hear our guests Joe Dunn, author of the book Pocket of Paradise: The Story of Beach Road and his guest, local sailing legend Wayne Schafer. The event took place at Dana Point City Hall in the Council Chambers.  Joe Dunn told the story of Capistrano Beach’s Beach Road from the days of Junipero Serra to the early development by the Doheny family and...

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Wednesday, February 26, Meeting Set for 7 P.M. at City Hall Chambers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Events, Sailing Heritage, Surfing Heritage, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Our featured guests at our February meeting will be Joe Dunn, author of the book Pocket of Paradise: The Story of Beach Road and his guest, local sailing legend Wayne Schafer. In the book, Joe Dunn tells the story of Capistrano Beach’s Beach Road from the days of Junipero Serra to the early development by the Doheny family and to the creation of the Hobie Cat sailboat right there on the beach. He introduces the locals, tells the stories, and...

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Marlene and Bruce Beal to Introduce Guest Speaker Mickey Munoz at February 27 Meeting

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Events, Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

Please join us February 27, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. for our monthly meeting, which will feature surfing legend Mickey Munoz.  This event will be held in the Dana Point Room of the Dana Point Marina Inn, 24800 Dana Point Harbor Drive. Refreshments will be provided. The Society will be honored and graced by one of the world’s (Dana Point’s own) surfing pioneers.  Actually, Mickey has full “Waterman” status in the world.  We will have...

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