September 2009 in Review

olvera_carlos_portraitWe’ve completed two events this past month. At our monthly program meeting, Dan Stetson from the Ocean Institute spoke about the programs and community involvement and support. His audio presentation has some awesome ocean pictures with the Tall Ships.

Next, we completed this year’s Home Tour with a special twist. We had two Doheny era (1929) homes on display showing original construction documents. This was followed by the Surfer’s Hawaiian Luau at Doheny State Beach with the roasted pig, Wilbur. The day was capped by the 1926 historic schooner Curlew tour. A silent auction was held where many patrons walked away with their new treasures. We exceeded our goal for sponsor support and did well in attendance, too. Overall we had good fund raisers for this year. Our experience into uncharted waters was fun with the support of our many friends.

A special thanks to all of our sponsors, docents, volunteers, and patrons who support us. These events help us save, preserve, and display the history of Dana Point.

There will be no October program in order to take a break after having two events back to back. In November we will be taking our annual field trip to Los Angeles Firefighters Museum and lunch there. Seats are limited, so pay early.

A reminder about Ralphs: The program has been revised, and everyone needs to re-register. Go to www.ralphs.com; go to services; drop down to partners; sign in or register; go to Community Contribution Program; enter our program number 90334.

Our latest significant acquisition is now being referred to as “The Doheny Collection.”

When Louise Leyden sold the house, she gave the Carters her collection of original Doheny era houses, buildings, and income property drawings. This amounted to 140 sheets of original velum and blueprints of these structures. With this on loan to the Historical Society, we were able to color scan and color print these 82-year-old documents at considerable expense. We are in the process of inventorying and cataloging them. When completed, we will be able to present to the public the “Birth of Capistrano Beach” along with our photo collection.

So watch for the Grand Opening of this event.

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