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Sunday Speaker at DANA: Colleen Beck tells the Life and History of Adelina Elisa Dana


You’ve read the Blond Ranchero or other stories on the Rancho Nipomo, but did you ever get the stories of the women of the family? Yes, you may have heard the romantic & tragic story of Maria Josefa Dana Tefft but what about her younger sister Adelina Elisa Dana. What was her life like?

Our DANA librarian and researcher Colleen M. Beck has been gathering information on Adelina’s life and times. She will present a talk, Tia Adelina: Daughter of the Rancho, on Sunday February 16th at 1:00 pm at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center.

“With no letters or diaries it is amazing the information I was able to find about Adelina, her life and times within the larger Dana family and in the Nipomo community. She is a bit of a mystery but it was fun finding bits of scattered information on her,” reported Colleen. “Come and see what I was able to find out!”

Date:  February 16, 2020

Hours: 1 to 2 pm

Location: The Dana Adobe Cultural Center is located at 671 S. Oak Glen Avenue, Nipomo CA 93444

Admission Fee: $5, free for Members

About DANA: The Dana Adobe Cultural Center provides a unique platform to understand life in the California Rancho era and to appreciate and discover our connection with the stories of those who left their footprints on the land throughout time.

The Dana Adobe is the oldest home in San Luis Obispo County and a registered historical site.

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Chris Van Winkle

Magical Moments by Chris Van Winkle


Chris Van Winkle a Watercolor Retrospective

NIPOMO, CAChris Van Winkle, Watercolor Retrospective, an exhibition of Chris’s Watercolor Paintings will be presented at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center’s Gallery November 21st through the month of February. The artwork presented will be from three of his various collection’s: Studio Paintings, The California Scene, and Trip Paintings. In addition, on display we will have a  of collection of Chris’s personal sketchbooks,  one for every trip his wife, Caroline, and he made with artists as well as others specifically for his classes he taught at Citrus College. They give a glimpse into the mind of the artist and also illustrate the process by which paintings develop from sketch into finished works of art. A collection of Chris’s artwork will be available for sale throughout this showcase. 

“All art is abstract. The minute we use line, we are abstracting. Some art is more realistic, some more non-objective, but all art must be poetic.”   – Chris Van Winkle



This exhibit is made possible by the Dana Adobe Exhibit Committee: Chairman Alan Daurio, Shirley Horacek, and Mike Grahek and Staff: Robin Bogue, Sarah Allen, and Lexi Carreno in Collaboration with the Van Winkle Family.

Dates: November 21, 2019 to February

Hours:  7 days a week, 11 AM to 3 PM daily

Location: The Dana Adobe Cultural Center is located at 671 S. Oak Glen Avenue, Nipomo CA 93444

Veterans Remembrance World War II Exhibit

From August  11 , 2019, through November  11 , 2019, the Dana Adobe Cultural Center will be showcasing “Veterans Remembrance World War II” Exhibit. Featuring the paintings by renowned local watercolor artist, Milford Zornes, who was a Nipomo resident and official artist for the US Military during WWII.

This exhibit will also feature Millard Sheets who was an artist-correspondent for Life and the United States Army Air Forces in India and Burma during World War II.

The exhibit will also include various WWII Memorabilia including uniforms, weapons, equipment, and  a WWII era Jeeep. Also on display will be the  Nipomo Honor Roll. The Nipomo Honor Roll was a sign that hung in the Nipomo post office listing all the residents of Nipomo who had served in WWII. Our exhibit team has spent countless hours researching all the  people listed on the Honor Roll and have compiled information on many of them. This  exhibit is one you don’t want to miss!

The exhibit will be open to the public daily from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo. Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, call (805) 929-5679.

The work of Millford Zornes is made possible by the generosity of Maria and Hal Baker, Milford’s daughter, and son-in-law, and curated by Shirley Horacek  with help from the DANA exhibit committee.

Sunday Speaker Series: The Delegates of 1849

Come hear author Laura Emerson tell the story of California’s forty-eight “founding fathers” on Sunday, August 25th at 2 PM at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center. The talk is $5 per person and free for DANA members and children. Copies of the book, “The Delegates of 1849” will be available for purchase, before they are available in stores, and Laura will be signing copies at the end of her presentation.

 Talk Synopsis: Captain Dana made the acquaintance of a young man in 1849 who would become a lodger in his home, and later marry his daughter, Maria Josefa. His name was Henry Amos Tefft and he had just arrived in San Luis Obispo, having abandoned his plans to become a gold miner when he saw the beautiful Port of San Luis. Captain Dana was likely responsible for Henry being elected San Luis Obispo’s delegate to California’s first Constitutional Convention that benefited from the young lawyer’s education and oratorical skill. Laura Emerson, author of The Delegates of 1849: Life Stories of the Originators of California’s Reputation as a Bold and Independent State, will inform and entertain us with more details from Henry’s life and the forty-seven other men she refers to as California’s “founding fathers.” Do the names Dominquez, Larkin, Ord, Halleck, Sutter, Hastings, Pico, de la Guerra, and Vallejo sound familiar? How far back do you think California was first recognized as a bold and independent state? The 1960s? The 1940s? The 1920s? California’s reputation as a bold and independent state began in 1849-out of self-preservation.

About the Author: Laura Emerson studied creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill. She writes short stories, and her human interest articles have been published in national magazines. This is her 1st nonfiction book.

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.