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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Historical Organizations, History Museums, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: DANA was founded in 1999 for the purpose of restoring and preserving the historic Dana Adobe, an original Spanish landgrant home, and its'' surrounding landscape to create an historical park and educational program where California''s rancho era, with its'' multi-ethinicity, can come to life for school children as well as adults. This 1836 adobe with its'' own special multi-ethnic cultural history is an invaluable resource which will benefit all of California''s residents. Our mission is to restore and preserve the historic Dana Adobe (Casa de Dana) and promote development of the Rancho Nipomo Living Historical Park as a means of enhancing knowledge and understanding of California''s Rancho era, and to encourage an appreciation of the many peoples who contributed to that era''s influence on the present and future of California.

Programs: DANA has begun the physical restoration and stabilization of the Adobe itself which will eventually be restored to its'appearance during the lifetime of Capt. Wm. G. Dana, the adobe architect, builder and original Spanish land grantee. We now offer educational, interpretive, and "hands-on" programs on the multi-ethnic culture of this rancho and the history of the rancho era in total, as well as docent-led tours of the adobe itself for school classes, organizations, and visitors of all ages. Most recently we began interpretive programs on the adobe's natural history focusing on the area surrounding an historic creek. We hold a three day public event called "Heritage Days" each year with re-enactors, stories, music, food and activities from the rancho era which offers samples of our cultural and educational programs and re-iterates the history of the area to the whole community.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for DANA for nine years and I can see I'll be involved for many more. Why? Because at last I've found a place that is key to California's Rancho period history whose story must be shared with all Californians. DANA is a place in the Nipomo community for people with a variety of interests and talents to invest time and treasure because the preservation of the site involves the preservation of the stories of all who were here, all who passed through, and all who imagined what this golden state could become.

As a retired teacher, I find myself still instructing children, but about local and state history and about nature. I'm outdoors, with great volunteers, and valued for my contributions.

Review from Guidestar

Jaime M. A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organization has really taken off these last couple of years. The volunteers are more organized with training and direction from the leaders. The organization shows that it cares for its volunteers and acknowledges each person's contribution. I feel most welcome here.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I love working at the Rancho Nipomo Heritage Park. We have been involved for nearly 5 years and have seen great advances in the restoration of the Adobe and are excited about plans for the Visitor Center and Heritage Park. This is a venue that Nipomo can be proud of. Many visitors will come in the next years and they will be enriched by what they will see and hear.

We encourage everyone to come by for a visit and to get involved in our work.

Bob & Rena Weiger
Nipomo, CA

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos when the group was organized. I am proud of being involved with helping them save the old adobe, and educate school children about California history.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a docent for the Dana Adobe, an historical home in Nipomo dating back to the 1840's. As a retired school teacher, I enjoy helping with the educational field trips made by the local schools. To be able to make history "come alive" is exciting for all who visit and students get to experience "hands-on" what life was like on the rancho 150 years ago. The general public may visit also in the afternoons on weekends and attend concerts and lectures throughout the summer. This is a great place to volunteer and there are many opportunities to get involved.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just finished hosting a school field trip to the Adobe. We had 75 third/fourth grade students and five stations for them to experience rancho life in California around 1850. From the restored adobe to tour, to the delicious aroma of tortillas cooking, I am impressed by the quality and committment of this organization to educate the public and the young. What a treasure hidden in Nipomo! Come and tour the adobe on a weekend and personally experience what a dedicated group of volunteers can accomplish! And there is more to come as the planned Heritage Park begins construction soon!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I joined the DANA Board in 2011, the organizations was operating more as a small local non-profit, with a more Mom and Pop organization. In April of 2011, receiving a $2,998,00 grant to build a Nature Educational Facility, the Board began to grow in all ways, and direct its functioning to a much m ore professional level. Since that time, the Board and the organization have continued on that path and are becoming a well-run organization, in the process of plans to build our facility and have it become a "star location" in San Luis Obispo County.

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John201

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Participating at DANA as a Docent gives me the opportunity to learn more about local history, the area's relevance in the history of California, and gives me a chance to try to make history interesting for the young.

Review from Guidestar