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Sunday Speaker Series: William Dana in Asia

William Goodwin Dana had plans for his Rancho enterprise that went beyond cattle ranching. He was an entrepreneur, ready for business. How did he acquire these skills as a businessman? It is the contention of this presentation that it came from his experiences in Asia, working for his uncle and engaged in trade dealings in his stays at Canton, China, and Calcutta, India. He not only acquired knowledge of trade as a young man, but his exposure to cultures and peoples far different than the milieu he left behind in New England brought him personal growth and the adaptability he needed in his newly adopted home of Alta California.

Why was he chosen to go to Asia? What did he see there? Whom did he encounter there? What was his life like in Asia? Board member and docent, Alan Daurio, will talk about this transformation from William G. Dana to Don Guillermo Dana, Don of Rancho Nipomo, on Sunday, July 28th at 2 PM at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo. The talk is $5 per person and free for DANA members and children.

The Story of the Dana Adobe (Narrated by Virginia Madsen)

The Dana Adobe is the oldest home in San Luis Obispo County and a registered historical site. This video follows the beginnings of the Adobe from its inception over 200 years ago by Captain William Dana to present day. Explore the rich history of this California landmark, as narrated by actress and producer Virginia Madsen.

National Trails Day Walks

To celebrate National Trails Day, the Dana Adobe Cultural Center will be holding nature walks throughout the summer. Each day will also feature a different activity alongside the nature walk. Participants will get the chance to walk along the woodland trails that extend along the Rancho while learning about local wildflowers, plant and tree identification, natural history, and more!


  • Saturday, June 1st @ 11:00 AM: Trail Walk and Ladybug Release
  • Sunday, June 9th @ 1:30 PM: Trail Walk and Bird Watching
  • Sunday, July 14th @ 1:00 PM: Trail Walk 

We ask that participants dress appropriately for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. We also recommend that you wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

Sunday Speaker Series: John Wilson

Join us on Sunday, July 14 at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center for our next Sunday Speaker talk. Our next talk will be focusing on SLO resident John Wilson, as presented by Jaime Avila. A ship Captain and close friend of Captain Dana, John Wilson was considered the richest person in SLO County from the 1830s until the 1840s.

The talk will take place on Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free for DANA members and $5.00 for non-members. We look forward to seeing you there!

2019 Family Campfires

Do you relish the taste of S’mores roasted over an open fire? Or how about watching the sun go down as you hear stories about the animals that once lived here? If you do, don’t miss DANA’s family campfires on July 12, August 23, and September 6. Featuring trail hikes, campfire songs, games, and an opportunity to toast marshmallows over an open fire.

Participants will meet at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo at 6:30 PM and activities will start at 7:00 PM. Please wear proper clothing for outdoor activities, bring a chair, and a flashlight. The campfire is free for DANA members or $5 for non-members. For more information, call the DANA office at (805) 929-5679.