By Kristina Pritchett

Dana Point residents will be able to take a peek at items that were put inside of a time capsule 50 years ago during a celebration at Baby Beach on Monday, Aug. 29.

A time capsule was buried under an 8-ton granite rock with a flat, slanted surface in 1966 near the Dana Point Harbor entrance. The capsule, a narrow four-foot stainless steel tube, was uncovered earlier this year when Orange County Parks moved the rock in anticipation of Monday’s ceremony. The items were taken from the capsule and catalogued by researchers at the John D. Cooper Archeological and Paleontological Center in Santa Ana.

Monday’s ceremony will include music by Ron Kobayashi Trio, and guests will be able to check out the Orange County Archives Exhibit of the time capsule contents where more than 60 items will be on display. Following the celebration will be a barbecue dinner, which is free to those who received (and held onto) a ticket at the celebration 50 years ago; otherwise it’s $10 ahead of time, or $15 at the door.

Barbara Johannes, president of the Dana Point Historical Society, said many guests who attended the ceremony in 1966 will be returning, including Miss Dana Point 1966, Nancy C. Buenger, and Miss San Clemente 1966, Valeria A. Zagwolski.

The event is free and open to the public, and will begin at 4 p.m. To purchase tickets for the dinner, visit Eventbrite.com. Tickets will be sold at the event at the Dana Point Historical Society Booth.

Orange County Harbors Director Ken Sampson, County Harbor Engineer Jim Ballinger and breakwater contractor Ernie Silberberger place time capsule in rock at Dana Point Harbor, Oct. 1, 1968. A "Rock Placing Ceremony" marked the beginning of the construction Dana Point Harbor, Aug. 29, 1966. (Construction actually began the previous month.) At this event, material were collected for placement in a time capsule, which was placed inside the aforementioned rock on Oct. 1, 1968.
Orange County Harbors Director Ken Sampson, County Harbor Engineer Jim Ballinger and breakwater contractor Ernie Silberberger place time capsule in rock at Dana Point Harbor, Oct. 1, 1968.
A “Rock Placing Ceremony” marked the beginning of the construction Dana Point Harbor, Aug. 29, 1966. (Construction actually began the previous month.) At this event, material were collected for placement in a time capsule, which was placed inside the aforementioned rock on Oct. 1, 1968.

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