Monday, February 23, 2009

O.C. Black history, and Dana Point events

A small exhibit entitled "African American Pacesetters, 1900 to Present" is on display this week at the Old Orange County Courthouse. This display of photo reproductions and text, highlights "men who opened doors for black opportunities in Orange County." It's similar in concept and tone to last year's exhibit on notable African American women of Orange County. The exhibit is a collaboration by the Old Courthouse Museum and the Santa Ana Black Historical Society. The photo above (from the exhibit) shows Leroy Burks, who founded the Santa Ana/Orange County chapter of the NAACP in 1945.
The Dana Point Historical Society's (DPHS) next meeting will be Feb. 25, 6:30pm, at the Dana Point Tennis Center. Noted San Juan Capistrano historian Ilse Byrnes will discuss the preservation of historic homes. Also, Carlos N. Olvera and Barbara Johannes will highlight the history of the "Doheny House" (35101 Camino Capistrano) and the steps currently being taken to save it.
Speaking of which,... The Planning Commission's public hearing about the Doheny House's demolition permit application and EIR certification will be held March 2, at 7pm at Dana Point City Hall. The DPHS is encourages you to "attend this meeting, if you can, or send a letter or e-mail to the City expressing your position on saving this 1920's historic treasure."

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