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

Posted by on Sep 1, 2018 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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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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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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