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PO Box 729
671 S Oakglen

California 93444

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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.

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.

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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... more »
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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... more »
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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 ... more »
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