Before the Mast Reading Today at Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center 1:00pm

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The Dana Point Historical Society is remembering Dana Point’s namesake, Richard Henry Dana Jr. in this Bicentennial Year of his birth with special events.

With a spectacular mural of the Capistrano Bay coast as it was in Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s time as background, the fifth public community reading of Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast will take place on March 27, 28 and 29th at the Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive.

Over one hundred volunteer readers will read for eight to ten minutes each, completing the entire book in about 15 hours over three days.

The reading in 2015 marks the bicentennial year of our city’s namesake. Richard Henry Dana Jr. was born on August 1, 1815.

So come volunteer and join them or just to watch and listen.

Reading times:
Friday, March 27, 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, March 28, 9am to 6pm
Sunday, March 29, 9am until they finish the book (around noon)

To volunteer, send an e-mail to or call 949-899-0907.

Please provide your name, e-mail address, a phone number and a preferred time to read aloud for eight to ten minutes or to volunteer for a two-hour shift.

To celebrate this landmark year and to thank their volunteers they will extend an invitation to their participants to attend a reception on Sunday, March 29, around noon – just as soon as the book confirms that Dana is safely back in Boston harbor at the end of his voyage.

For more information please link to Dana Point Historical Society

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